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Individual Leadership Award

The application period for the 2015 Climate Leadership Awards closed on September 12, 2014.


Recognizes individuals demonstrating extraordinary leadership both in their internal response to climate change and through engagement of their peers, competitors, partners, and supply chain.

Application and Submission Instructions
  1. Review the general eligibility requirements and the specific evaluation criteria for the Individual Leadership Award category specified below.
  2. Download the 2015 Individual Leadership Award Application form and the Third Party Reference Form to review questions, provide requested information, and prepare materials as needed.
    • Note: Applicants are required to submit three (3) third-party reference forms.
  3. Once the application is complete and materials are finalized, save a final copy on your own computer.
  4. Please submit final materials by e-mail to applications@ClimateLeadershipAwards.org with the following subject line: Application for Individual Leadership Award.

Please Note: If applying for an award in more than one category, submissions must be made separately for each. An individual may not reapply for this award category in which if he/she has won in the past two years (e.g., an individual who won in this category in 2014 may not reapply for the same category until the 2017 awards, however, s/he can apply in another category if meeting the eligibility requirements for that category).

Early bird applications were due by August 8, 2014. All other applications were due by September 12, 2014.

Individual Leadership Award Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Individual Leadership Award category must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Applicant's employer must have significant operations in the United States. Given the global nature of climate change, the majority of greenhouse gas emissions reductions do not have to occur in the U.S.
  • Applicant's employer must meet one of the following descriptions:
    • Legally-recognized corporate organization with annual revenue over $100 million; or
    • Governmental entity or academic organization with annual budget over $100 million.
  • Applicants must have been employed and reside within the United States.

Exemplary climate leadership activities must have taken place between January 1, 2012 and September 12, 2014. However, applications may also refer to actions that commenced before that time and continued into the application period and the length of time an action has been in practice, or which explains how that prior activity served as a foundation for ongoing and more current activities.

Individual Leadership Award Evaluation Criteria

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following attributes:

  • Innovation and thought leadership in developing leadership, management, and operational strategies.
  • Key initiatives led by the applicant related to climate change response, including related goals, benchmarks, plans, and requirements put into place by the applicant within his/her organization.
  • Quality of engagement with non-profit organizations, government organizations, and/or other non-advocacy collaborations.
  • Quality of effective partnerships established with other organizations and ability to collaborate and convene with peers to develop best practices, influence behavior change, establish standards, and engage in public education.
  • Nature of involvement in education and training of internal staff and management, as well as external stakeholders, partners, suppliers, competitors, and/or others.
  • Activities that are deemed to be better than business-as-usual.

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