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Climate Leadership Awards

The 2016 Climate Leadership Awards application period will be open from June 24, 2015 through September 25, 2015.
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"The co-sponsorship of this recognition opportunity reflects EPA's commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and recognizing leadership on climate change. We are pleased to be partnering with non-profit organizations that have demonstrated expertise in GHG emissions management."

– Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator


EPA's Climate Protection Partnerships Division is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) through cost-effective partnerships across the U.S. economy. As part of this commitment, EPA co-sponsors the Climate Leadership Awards (CLA) with NGO partners: the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) Exit EPA Disclaimer and The Climate Registry (The Registry) Exit EPA Disclaimer.

The Climate Leadership Awards is a national awards program that recognizes and incentivizes exemplary corporate, organizational, and individual leadership in response to climate change. In February 2012, the first-ever awards were presented to one individual and 20 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 fifth year, the awards continue to honor and highlight leadership in addressing climate change by reducing carbon pollution and implementing adaptation planning initiatives. The Climate Leadership Awards Dinner takes place during the annual Climate Leadership Conference.

Climate Leadership Award Recognition Categories:

  • 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, and engagement of their peers, partners, and supply chain.
  • Individual Leadership Award
    Recognizes individuals demonstrating extraordinary leadership both in their own response to climate change and through engagement of their peers and partners.
  • 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 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.

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