Through millions of years of evolution, the structures and processes of organisms have resolved many of the engineering and environmental challenges facing the modern world–we just need to look, observe, and learn. Botanical gardens are “idea libraries,” places where a wealth of these solutions have been assembled near the doorsteps of the scientists, engineers, and designers tackling these issues.

2020 Fast Company World Changing Ideas Awards Honoree


Creativity Finalist: Honoring world changing creative projects that help explain and publicize global problems and solutions.
Education Finalist: Honoring companies or initiatives that help inspire better and more equitable learning.

“We’re in a period right now where it’s the responsibility of each person who cares about passing on a beautiful, resilient, healthy planet, to get out on the streets and fight for it.”

— Denis Hayes, Founder of Earth Day.


Argus Controls, Alec Mackenzie, Bullitt Foundation, Denis Hayes, Mary McNair, Cal Academy, Dimitri Smirnoff, Christine Lintott Architects, Christine Lintott, Dan Hinkley, Durham University, Jas Pal Badyal, Exploration Architecture, Michael Pawlyn, Leon Wang, New York Botanical Garden, Barbara A. Ambrose, PFS Studio, Kelty McKinnon, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Richard V. Piacentini, Robert Lang, Summerland Secondary School, Grant Mansiere, UBC Faculty of Science, Loren Rieseberg, UBC Botanical Garden, Andy Hill, Douglas Justice, Patrick Lewis, Warick University, Wanda Lewis, David Towers, Adrian Seymour, Martin Millson, Peter Meesum, Jim Smith, Ian Brown, Graham Canham, Charles Joyce, Amy Hamson , Rachel Grimes, James Hudson, Mark Hewson.