Guidelines for Individual Awards

  • Projects should demonstrate work at the nexus of a healthy environment, prosperous economy, and equitable society.
  • Project awards recognize collaborative, partnership-based work done by two or more entities with a shared goal and outcomes. Entities could include government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, private companies, community groups and/or individuals.
  • Projects nominated can be ongoing or have a project completion date up to two years before January 1, 2020.
  • Projects nominated, even if ongoing, should have a connection to and/or demonstrate impacts in in Minnesota.
  • Please feel free to include publications or supporting media in your application. The primary content for evaluation, however, will be the written nomination submission.
  • If two or more nominations for the same project are received, judges will evaluate only the nomination that was received first. It is the nominator’s responsibility to communicate with other project partners to ensure the submission of a single, comprehensive project nomination.
  • Projects that have received significant financial resources or staff time from Environmental Initiative are not eligible for an award.
  • Contact information will be added to Environmental Initiative’s database and email distribution list. Per our privacy policy, contact information will not be shared with any other organizations.

How Individual Award Nominations Are Evaluated

A panel of independent judges selected by Environmental Initiative will evaluate project nominations based on the following criteria.

  • Partnership: Degree to which collaboration across difference, such as sector or lived experience, was leveraged to solve environmental problems;
  • Impact: Degree to which the collaborative project lead to environmental, public health, and/or social equity impacts;
  • Innovation: Degree to which project was innovative, unique, and/or groundbreaking;
  • Equity: Degree to which equity was centered in the project development and execution.

Due to the broad nature of the award categories and types of projects submitted, each judging team will determine the relative weight of the above criteria. The Environmental Initiative Awards seeks to inspire others to adopt collaborative and equity-centered approaches to environmental problem solving, so judges will also consider the degree to which the project can be built upon, learned from, and replicated.

Environmental Initiative monitors project nominations for potential conflicts of interests with individuals serving as judges. Conflicts are handled on a case-by-case basis. Judges may be asked to recuse themselves from evaluation and discussion of that specific project or may be asked to leave the judging panel entirely, depending on the level of involvement of a judge with a project.

Nominations Closed

Nominations for the 2020 Environmental Initiative Awards closed February 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Contact Lillie Benowitz at 612-334-3388 ext. 8107 for more information or questions.

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