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Eligibility, Application Process, Evaluation Criteria, and Evaluation Process


Applicants for all categories of the Climate Leadership Awards program must meet the following criteria as well as any additional eligibility requirements specified within each category.

  • Applicants must have significant operations in the United States. Given the global nature of climate change, the majority of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reductions do not have to occur in the U.S.
  • Finalists will need to pass an EPA compliance screen in order to be selected.
  • Leadership activities must have taken place between January 1, 2012 and September 12, 2014 and must be currently active.

Application Process

The application period opened on June 24, 2014 and closed on September 12, 2014, with an optional early bird application deadline of August 8, 2014, which is described below. Application forms are available on the corresponding web pages for each category. Applicants were required to fill out the form and submit it to applications@climateleadershipawards.org. The application form requires applicants to answer a set of questions specific to the awards category. Applicants are asked to review the step-by-step instructions on the category pages linked to below.

Early Bird Application Review

Early bird applicants were afforded the opportunity to address any issues identified by the reviewers prior to the September 12th deadline. Fully completed applications received by the early bird application deadline of August 8, 2014 were reviewed by the EPA, Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), and The Climate Registry for clarity. All early bird applicants were notified by August 22, 2014 of requests for clarifications. If clarifications were requested, the applicant had until September 12, 2014 to resubmit the application. Applications submitted after the early bird application deadline were not reviewed in advance of the September 12, 2014 final deadline.

Evaluation Criteria and Applications

Evaluation criteria and applications differ by awards category. Please select from the following to learn more:

Evaluation Process

Applications will be reviewed by EPA, ACCO, C2ES, and The Registry in collaboration with independent committees of recognized experts. EPA will submit all applicants to a compliance review to ensure they are in good standing with EPA. Award recipients will be notified in December 2014 and will be recognized at the Climate Leadership Awards Dinner on February 24, 2015, held in conjunction with the annual Climate Leadership Conference, which will take place at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia (in the Metro DC area) from February 23-25, 2015.

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