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2022 American Climate Leadership Award Semifinalists
ecoAmerica recognizes 30 individuals and organizations for extraordinary US climate action

A wave of effective climate action and advocacy is sweeping across the US despite the hurdles of concurrent pandemics. To honor and recognize outstanding achievements in local, regional and national climate advocacy and action, ecoAmerica is pleased to announce the top 30 semifinalists for the 2022 American Climate Leadership Awards. 

Each of the semifinalists receive recognition, a $1,000 award and advance to the next stage of judging. Ten finalists, including a runner-up and winner will be announced live at the American Climate Leadership Summit on March 28, 2022. Finalists will each receive $10,000, with the runner-up receiving $25,000 and the winner $50,000.

The American Climate Leadership Awards 2022 ceremony will be a live, virtual broadcast event hosted by this year’s selection committee which includes international environmental advocate and eco-living expert Laura Turner Seydel, World Resources Institute Founder and Overall Climate Hero Gus Speth, Future Coalition Executive Director Katie Eder, APHA Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin, environmental scientist, advocate, scholar, and entrepreneur Dr Michael K Dorsey, 35th Mayor of Salt Lake City Jackie Biskupski, Hip Hop Caucus President and CEO Rev. Lennox Yearwood Jr., and Earth Uprising Founder Alexandria Villaseñor. Author, environmental activist, 350.org founder and this year’s selection committee chair Bill McKibben will host the awards event. 

The American Climate Leadership Awards’ semifinalists include both individuals and organizations, hail from across the country and are excellent models for others to emulate as society races to learn from and replicate climate solutions. They champion climate efforts at the local, state and national level, and include representation from health, faith, land conservation, local communities, youth, indigenous people, renewable energy, and online storytelling efforts. They highlight four hotspots that are building significant momentum, despite the headwinds of the pandemic: renewable energy, conservation, the faith sector, and youth actions.

Congratulations to the 2022 American Climate Leadership Award Semifinalists

  1. 350PDX; 
  2. Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments;
  3. Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE); 
  4. Benjamin Franta, PhD candidate in History at Stanford; 
  5. Climate Action Campaign; 
  6. Climate Justice Alliance; 
  7. Climate Mobilization Project; 
  8. Climate Smart Glacier Country; 
  9. DearTomorrow; 
  10. Elected Officials to Protect America; 
  11. Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions; 
  12. Faith in Place; 
  13. Florida Clinicians for Climate Action; 
  14. Gonzaga Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment; 
  15. Green Chalice of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); 
  16. Green The Church; 
  17. GreenRoots; 
  18. Healthy Community Services; 
  19. John Dorhauer, United Church of Christ; 
  20. Land Trust Alliance; 
  21. Leah Prussia, Associate Professor, College of St. Scholastica; 
  22. Native Sun / Solar Bear; 
  23. Olympia Community Solar; 
  24. Our Climate Education Fund; 
  25. Power Shift Network; 
  26. Schools for Climate Action; 
  27. Urban Drawdown Initiative; 
  28. West Michigan Environmental Action Council; 
  29. Wisconsin Green Muslims; and 
  30. Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. 

To watch the American Climate Leadership Awards 2022 live on March 28, 2022, please register today for the American Climate Leadership Summit.


If you have questions, you can contact us at acla@ecoamerica.org.

The purpose of the American Climate Leadership Awards, hosted by ecoAmerica, is to recognize, reward and share best practices on climate change advocacy and action nationwide. The Awards provide money, support, and recognition for real climate leadership. Individuals and organizations selected as semifinalists have achieved success in building some meaningful political resolve for climate action at local, regional, and national levels, in ways that are replicable, while demonstrating diversity, inclusion, and justice.

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