09/16/2011 08:48 am ET | Updated Nov 16, 2011

2011 Heinz Award Winners Work For Environmental Solutions

From The Daily Green:

The 17th annual Heinz Awards were announced this week, with the awarding of $100,000 each to 10 individuals who are working toward real and inspirational solutions for environmental problems. It's one of the most prestigious prizes of its kind. Past recipients have included NASA climate scientist (and advocate) James Hansen, Amory Lovins, chief scientist of the Rocky Mountain Institute, and journalist Elizabeth Kolbert.

"At a time when so much of our public discourse is about constraints and the limits of possibility, these men and women offer an inspiring reminder that change always comes from those who see past today's boundaries to a world of new possibilities and new discoveries," said Teresa Heinz, chairman of the Heinz Family Foundation. "Their ingenuity and persistence is a refreshing reminder of America's can-do spirit, which is as alive today in innovators like this as it has ever been. They offer us practical, real-world ideas for how to protect our environment, and their innovative spirit offers us a powerful and much-needed antidote to the idea that our country is no longer capable of greatness."

This year's winners are:

Photos and captions courtesy of the Heinz Awards.

10 Inspirational Individuals Win Heinz Awards