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Organizational Leadership Award

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


Recognizes organizations that not only have their own comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals, but also exemplify extraordinary leadership in their internal response to climate change, through engagement of their peers, competitors, partners, and supply chain, and addressing climate risk in their enterprise strategies.

Application and Submission Instructions
  1. Review the general eligibility requirements and the specific evaluation criteria for the Organizational Leadership Award category specified below.
  2. Download the 2015 Organizational Leadership Award Application form and the Third Party Reference Form to review questions, provide requested information, and prepare materials as needed.
  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 Organizational Leadership Award.

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

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

Organizational Leadership Award Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the Organizational Leadership Award must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Publicly report a comprehensive GHG inventory, which accounts for all GHG emissions from scope 1 & 2 sources, at a minimum, and is third-party verified to a reasonable or limited level of assurance consistent with ISO 14064-3, conducted by a verification body accredited to ISO 14065, or critically reviewed by a third-party.
  • Have a current, publicly-set, aggressive, organization-wide GHG emissions reduction goal.

Please Note: Beginning with emissions year 2014, verification to at least a limited level of assurance consistent with ISO 14064-3, conducted by a verification body accredited to ISO 14065 will be required for all inventories submitted to comply with Climate Leadership Award application requirements. In addition, 2014 base years and achievement years used to qualify for the GHG Management recognition will be required to be verified to a reasonable level of assurance consistent with the above ISO standards. Inventories for emissions years prior to 2014 that have gone through limited assurance, third-party critical review or were previously reviewed and approved under EPA's former Climate Leaders program will be accepted for all applications.

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.

Organizational Leadership Award Evaluation Criteria

GHG Inventory and Reduction Goal Requirements

Have one of the following types of current, public GHG reduction goals:

  • An aggressive, absolute organization-wide GHG emissions reduction goal (U.S., North American, or global operations).
  • An aggressive intensity goal established before October 5, 2010 (including all Climate Leaders intensity-based goals), that would have been deemed to be aggressive at the time the goal was established.
  • An intensity goal accompanied by a parallel and translatable absolute reduction goal.

GHG reduction goals must significantly exceed credible and transparent sector-specific, business-as-usual performance forecasts. For more information on demonstrating the aggressiveness of a reduction goal through benchmarking, please refer to EPA's guidance.

Applicants will be evaluated based on the following attributes:

  • Innovation and thought leadership in developing management and operational strategies related to climate change.
  • Disclosure of climate-related material risks and opportunities.
  • Strategic integration of climate mitigation and resilience activities into applicant's operational strategies, including establishing management structures, verifying performance, allocating budget, engaging the supply chain, and demonstrating a track record of establishing and achieving GHG reduction and climate risk mitigation goals.
  • Key initiatives related to climate action, as well as related goals, benchmarks, plans and requirements put into place by the organization.
  • Quality of engagement with non-profit organizations, governmental organizations, and/or other non-advocacy collaborations in which the applicant is an active member/participant.
  • Nature of involvement in education and training of internal staff and management, as well as external stakeholders, partners, suppliers, competitors, and/or others.
  • Effectiveness of governance related to personnel and climate initiatives.
  • Activities that are deemed to be better than business-as-usual.

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