The 2015 Climate Leadership Awards application period is now open until September 12, 2014, with an optional early bird deadline of August 8, 2014. The national awards program recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. Since inception in 2012, awards have been presented to 5 individuals and 56 organizations from across the U.S. who are leading the way in the management and reduction of GHG emissions — both in internal operations and throughout the supply chain. Now in its fourth year, the awards continue to honor and highlight leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution and implementing adaptation planning initiatives.
The U.S. EPA co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards with three NGO partners: the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry.By showcasing and recognizing voluntary action on climate and energy under a unified banner, award sponsors are sending a strong signal that innovative, sustainable leadership, and reductions in GHG emissions are critical to addressing climate change.
The six recognition categories include:
· Organizational Leadership Award
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.
· Individual Leadership Award
Recognizes individuals demonstrating extraordinary leadership both in their internal response to climate change and through engagement of their peers, competitors, partners, and supply chain.
· Supply Chain Leadership Award
Recognizes organizations that have their own comprehensive greenhouse gas inventories and aggressive emissions reduction goals and demonstrate they are at the leading edge of managing greenhouse gas emissions in their organizational supply chains.
· Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Achievement Award)
Recognizes organizations that publicly report and verify organization-wide greenhouse gas inventories and achieve publicly-set aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.
· Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal Setting Certificate)
Recognizes organizations that publicly report and verify organization-wide greenhouse gas inventories and publicly set aggressive greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals.
· Innovative Partnerships Certificate
Recognizes organizations working collaboratively on leading edge climate initiatives. Partnerships have collectively established objectives to measurably address greenhouse gas reduction goals and/or adaptation and resilience activities. Note: this is a new category this year.
The 2015 award winners will be publicly recognized during the Climate Leadership Awards Dinner in early 2015, held in conjunction with the annual Climate Leadership Conference.
For more information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/climateleadership/awards