2019 Awards: Elevating Interconnected Environmental Approaches

  • February 6, 2019
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  • Lillie Benowitz

As you may have heard, nominations for the 2019 Environmental Initiative Awards are now open. The Awards will honor people and projects who approach their work collaboratively, while involving community voices and considering the impacts of environmental challenges on human health, prosperity and well-being.

Our organization is rooted in relationships, and we want our Awards to honor those values. As a result, we want to encourage you to think creatively as you consider who and what you want to nominate. Some questions to consider when thinking about what might make a good nomination include:

  • What projects do I know of that are elevating the voices of individuals who have historically been excluded from the conversation?
  • Who do I know who is working to solve environmental challenges by gathering community support and input?
  • What is an innovative effort that could be replicated and adapted somewhere else?

Nominations of partnership-based environmental projects and outstanding community leaders who collaborate across difference will be accepted now until Friday, February 22 in these seven categories:

  • Courageous Innovator (Individual)
  • Critical Collaborator (Individual)
  • Energy and Climate
  • Environmental Innovation
  • Rural Vitality
  • Sustainable Leadership: Large Employer
  • Sustainable Leadership: Small Employer

Nominations are open to individuals and projects that contribute to a healthy environment, prosperous economy and equitable society in ways that address the complex and interconnected nature of environmental challenges. Nominations may only be submitted in one category and self-nominations are welcome. Review the complete guidelines and eligibility requirements »

Winners will be honored at our annual Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis. Registration for this event will open in mid-March. We look forward to celebrating with you and other environmental leaders that evening.

If you have questions about nominations, please reach out to me, Lillie Benowitz.