Know an Eco-Friendly Entrepreneur? Enter Them in The World Challenge!

Could you use $20,000? How about some great publicity, or a free trip to The Hague? The World Challenge 2007 winner will get these goods on top of good karma points, so if you or someone you know is an entrepreneur "making a difference without costing the earth," be sure to enter the competition! Sponsored by BBC World, Newsweek and Shell, the World Challenge started two years ago, and has been annually seeking out businesses that "put something back into the community" since. Last year, there were over 800 nominations, and we encouraged you to join the 30,000 voters who chose the winner from among twelve awesome runners-up.

To add some inspiration to your day, just take a look - or another look - at those oh-so-treehuggable entries. You'll find a for-profit that's put the bright idea of off-grid solar power into practice in rural Laos (check out a couple of similar non-profit projects here and here), and a natural, juicy alternative to toxic chemical flame retardants from Sweden. The winner, Eco Maximus, is making conservation sustainable and profitable. How? The photo above might lend a clue. The company produces elephant poo paper - a TreeHugger favorite! - in rural Sri Lanka.

Nominations are due in two months, so check out the rules and consider putting yourself or someone you know in the running. The Earth will surely thank your buddy for whatever it is he's up to, and it's probably been a while since someone thanked you to tune of $20,000... ::The World Challenge