Climate Leadership Award for Individual Leadership
Please check back in Fall 2021 for information about the 2022 award application process. Content below is posted for reference only from past events (EPA sponsored the Awards from inception until the 2018 Awards and will co-sponsor the program again beginning in 2022).
Recognizes individuals exemplifying extraordinary leadership in leading their organizations’ response to climate change and through engagement of their peers and partners.
|Application and Submission Instructions|
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 2016 may not reapply for the same category until the 2019 awards, however, s/he can apply in another category if meeting the eligibility requirements for that category).
General 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, 2015 and September 26, 2017. 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.
- Elected public officials are ineligible to apply.
Considerations for Evaluation:
Applicants will be evaluated based on the following attributes that are deemed to exceed business as usual:
- Innovation, strategic management, and thought leadership in addressing climate change.
- Key climate initiatives led by the applicant, and subsequent goals, benchmarks and plans for measuring success implemented by applicant.
- Quality of engagement with non-profit partners, government organizations, and/or other non-advocacy collaborations.
- Quality of collaboration with peers to develop best practices, influence behavior change, establish standards, and engage in public education.
- Education and training of internal staff and management, as well as external stakeholders, partners, and suppliers.