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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 three 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 three NGO partners: The Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO) Exit EPA Disclaimer, 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 fourth 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 Program takes place during the annual Climate Leadership Conference.

UPDATED! Criteria/Requirements simplified for the Innovative Partnerships Certificate: Supporting materials requirements have been modified. Please reference the updated application available on the Innovative Partnerships Certificate category web page.

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, 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 NEW!
    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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