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Center for Corporate Climate Leadership

Organizational Leadership Award

2015 award application details will be posted in Spring, 2014.


Recognizes organizations that have comprehensive, publicly available GHG inventories and aggressive GHG emissions reduction goals, and exemplify extraordinary leadership in addressing climate risk in their organizational strategies 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 Organizational Leadership category.
  2. Download the application form and the reference form to review questions, provide requested information, and prepare materials as needed. Once application form is completed, save a final copy of your PDF forms on your own computer.
  3. Once the application is complete and materials are finalized, please submit final materials through the online submission tool. Exit EPA Disclaimer Reminder: The application must be completed before submitting through the online tool. Online submission is absolutely the last step of the application process.

Please Note: If applying for an award in more than one category, new submissions must be made for each.

Early bird applications were due by August 7, 2013. All other applications were due by September 13, 2013.

Organizational Leadership Award Eligibility Requirements and Evaluation Criteria

Exemplary climate leadership activities must have taken place between January 1, 2011 and September 13, 2013, but 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 that explains how that prior activity served as a foundation for ongoing and more current activities.

GHG Inventory and Reduction Goal Requirements

In order to qualify for recognition, applicants must:

  • Publicly report a recent, third-party verified GHG inventory of all GHG emissions from scope 1 and 2 sources; and
  • Have a current public corporate GHG reduction goal.

Applicants must also have established one of the following types of GHG reduction goals:

  • An aggressive absolute corporate GHG emissions reduction goal (U.S., North American, or global operations);
  • An intensity goal that results in an aggressive, absolute GHG reduction; or
  • An aggressive intensity goal established before October 5, 2010 (including all Climate Leaders goals), that would have been deemed to be aggressive at the time the goal was established.

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.

Evaluation Criteria

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.
  • 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.

Note: Judges will be looking for described activities that are deemed to be better than business-as-usual.

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