An environmental campaigner Rossano Ercolini was chosen as one of the winners for the 2013 Goldman Prize. He is considered to be the driving force behind Italy's zero-waste movement. Rossano Ercolini convinced Naples to adopt zero-waste goals. Naples is a city gripped by a long running waste crisis.Other winners include an anti-fracking campaigner from Africa and a person from Iraq leading a marsh restoration project. The Goldman prize is also termed as the Oscars of the environment movement. The awards will be presented at a ceremony in San Francisco.
Rossano is an organising member of the Zero Waste International Alliance. His campaign to encourage recycling and waste reduction has resulted into 117 municipalities across Italy closing incinerators and committing to zero-waste strategies.