Apply to win $150,000 in Awards: American Climate Leadership Awards

Mobilizing climate change action among people of  faith, health, youth, or local communities can now earn you the chance to win $50k and an appearance on stage with former EPA Administrator and Director of the Center for Climate, Health, & the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Gina McCarthy

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Next spring is your chance for recognition, reward, and national honors at the 2020 American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS 2020) on March 25, 2020 in Washington DC. This year’s summit will host the American Climate Leadership Awards, which will recognize individuals and local and national organizations for their demonstrated success in  mobilizing public support and political will on climate amongst key constituencies, providing $155,000 in cash awards to help accelerate the replication of  important climate action nationwide. The awards welcome entries from community, faith, health and youth organizations and leaders (or those who engage these constituencies) on the local, regional and national scale.

APPLY TODAY! Applications are open now, and will be accepted until October 31, 2019.

 Over $150,000 in CASH AWARDS

Over $150,000 will be awarded to 10 winning leaders and organizations at a special American Climate Leadership Awards Gala at ACLS 2020 on March 25th in Washington, DC. Winners will have implemented a climate program that has made a significant difference in their sector in mobilizing public support and political will among their constituents, getting them to take climate action with urgency. Applications will be evaluated based on demonstrated, successful public impact within their organization and communities, including increased awareness and activation of people in climate mitigation and public policy advocacy.  Innovation, effectiveness, and replicability will be key considerations. Qualifying programs will embed equity, diversity, and inclusion.



Applicants are invited to submit Preliminary Submissions between September 1 and October 31, 2019. On December 1, 2019, Qualifying Submissions will be selected and notified. On February 1, 2020, Final proposals are due. Ten finalists, each receiving $10,000 plus travel and event expenses for two people, will be notified by March 1, 2020 and expected to attend ACLS 2020.  The winner and runner-up, who will be awarded $50,000 and $25,000 total respectively, will be announced live during the awards ceremony at the Gala. The awardees will also be featured in the ACLS 2020 Recommendations Report and publicized to national press and ecoAmerica’s Network and partners. 


Director of the Center for Climate, Health, & the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will preside over the awards ceremony and committee, comprised of eight luminaries in climate action, including climate hero Gus Speth, American Public Health Association Executive Director Dr. Georges Benjamin, Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities President Dr. Antonio Flores, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Zero Hour Founder Jamie Margolin, To Nizhoni An Executive Director Nicole Horseherder, The Climate Mobilization Founder and Executive Director Margaret Klein Salamon, and African Methodist Episcopal Church Bishop Vashti McKenzie.

Thank you for your interest in the American Climate Leadership Awards 2020The application period has now closed. We will announce the shortlist of finalists in December. Please return here or follow ecoAmerica’s social media channels to read about the finalists, and join us at the American Climate Leadership Summit on March 25th and 26th 2020 in Washington DC when the winners will be announced.


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