Congratulations 2022 American Climate Leadership Awards Winners

Schools for Climate Action Wins 2022 American Climate Leadership Awards Receiving the $50,000 Grand Prize

GreenRoots recognized as runner-up

In an exciting and crowning moment during the American Climate Leadership Awards ceremony, Schools for Climate Action was awarded as the winner of the 2022 awards. GreenRoots, a community-based organization was this year’s runner-up. Schools for Climate Action will receive $50,000, and GreenRoots will receive $25,000 to further their work. The remaining 8 finalists will each receive $10,000. All of the organizations will be connected via a new online platform Mobilize to grow their networks and accelerate their impact through peer-to-peer learning. 

Schools for Climate Action is a non-partisan, grassroots, youth-adult campaign with a mission to empower school faculty and students to call for climate action. They advocate for elected officials to make change happen and combat the climate crisis to protect current and future generations.

GreenRoots has been in operation for over twenty years and is a resident-led, grassroots, community-based organization working to dismantle environmental racism and classism and improve public health in Chelsea and East Boston. GreenRoots’ mission is to achieve environmental justice and greater quality of life through collective action, unity, education, and youth leadership across neighborhoods and communities.

The top two finalists stood above the rest as excellent examples of stellar US climate change advocacy and action models. The judges were impressed with SCA mobilizing youth audiences, and GreenRoots had a marked impact on climate justice with local significance.

This year’s judges included 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, Third Act founder and this year’s selection committee chair Bill McKibben hosted the awards event. 

Congratulations to the 2022 American Climate Leadership Award Finalists: 

  1. Alternatives for Community & Environment (ACE); 
  2. Climate Mobilization Project; 
  3. Elected Officials to Protect America; 
  4. Faith in Place; 
  5. GreenRoots; 
  6. Healthy Community Services; 
  7. Power Shift Network; 
  8. Schools for Climate Action; 
  9. Wisconsin Green Muslims; and 
  10. Young Evangelicals for Climate Action. 

You can watch the entire American Climate Leadership Awards 2022 ceremony video here.


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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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