See the sites: Webby Awards highlight Internet’s innovative, interesting content

What do climate change, independent films and "Star Wars" collections have in common? They’re all winners in the 13th edition of the Webby Awards.

These, along with hundreds of others in dozens of categories took top honors in the coveted awards that mark the best of the best online.

There are too many names to list here, so I encourage you to visit the Webby Awards site ( for links to all winners and nominees. Carve out a few hours to do it justice, as the quality of work will remind you of the vast diversity of the world that’s just a click away.

Some winners that caught my eye include:

Lifestyle category:

•BBC Climate Change: Bloom


Winner of both the Webby and People’s Choice awards.

It focuses on ways people can reduce carbon emissions to help tackle climate change. There are 75 tips ranging from car sharing to drying laundry outside to installing efficient toilets.

The Green Guides explore recycling and fair trade while the Bloom portion of the site has information on clothes, cooking, gadgets, holidays, renewable energy, shopping, travel and water — all with a slant towards impact on the environment. The site is heavy on Flash animation to help tell the stories and provide ideas for people to try.

Users can choose to declare the specific actions they are taking and are encouraged to share their experiences on the site’s blog.

Movie and film category:

Webby Award Winner

•Sundance Channel


People’s Choice winner.

•IFC (The Independent Film Channel)


Both sites feature movies, but in vastly different ways. The Sundance site is streamlined with clear direction on the programs of the day and featured site items.

The IFC site is an explosion of offerings, with dozens of links leading to just about anything offered, including Web shorts and other on-demand programming.

Both are appealing and worthy of visits by anyone interested in films.

Personal Web site category:

•My Star Wars Collection


Winner of both Webby and People’s Choice awards.

The Force is right here. Lots of it. You’ll see every action figure from every movie of every series — all in their original packaging. Tiny thumbnails of every figure lead to full data about the toys. Storm Troopers will be impressed.

Why the obsession? Budich tries to answer the query: "You’re a grown man. Why all the toys, dude?" You’ll need to explore for his response on your own. Get there at hyperspeed.

More Webbys next week.

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