Do you know an individual, group or business that has set an example for environmental achievement? Someone who has gone “above and beyond” what is expected of them in the protection of the environment? Maybe it’s you, your group or your business. Why not share that success and let others learn from your experience by submitting an Emerald Award nomination?

Completing a Nomination

A nomination for the Emerald Awards will take from 2 to 5 hours to complete. Please use our electronic submission form to nominate your project. To begin, click the Submit a Nomination button above. Complete instructions are included. Be sure to keep in mind the Judging Criteria and the Award Category descriptions when completing the form. Be sure to follow the instructions carefully, as incomplete nominations will not be judged. All nominations will be confirmed and validated.






Environmental Benefit & Outcomes

  • Identify what environmental receptor or element of the environment is benefiting from the project or activity being nominated: air, land, water, flora, fauna, biodiversity, waste reduction etc.
  • Effectiveness in engaging youth
  • Clearly identify/describe/explain how this is being accomplished:
    • Reducing the impact on the environment
    • Protecting preserving, enhancing
    • Reclamation, restoration
    • Kids doing a clean up
    • Conservation or preservation (i.e. nature conservancy holding land)
    • Social science (culture) has a role in environmental protection


  • What were the results achieved?
  • Demonstrate the depth and breadth of involvement by individuals and organizations
    # of years project has been active
  • Demonstrate the extraordinary levels of dedication required to see the project or work of the nominee to completion
  • Describe the magnitude of impact
  • Address the issue of sustainability (durability and lifetime)


  • How did/does this nominee influence others:
  • Share the results of project through mass communications, the media, public relations events or the arts
  • Educate specific target audiences or the public through outreach events
  • Lead by example in order to change attitudes in specific industries or sectors
  • Collaboration / partnerships with other organizations and individuals
    # of people involved
    # of partners involved
  • How has this work influenced others to follow the same approaches, or how the project can stand as a prototype for future projects?


  • Is the nominee or the project creative or new?
  • Does it use older technology in a new way?
  • Does it provide leadership for others?
  • Is this a research project – will and has it influenced public policy
  • How does this project differ from business-as-usual?

Shared Footprints Award only:
Nominations in this category must be observant and consistent with the Emerald Awards criteria, as well, must demonstrate alignment to Integrated Land Management


  • Describe how there will be a reduction in land-use disturbances relative to what would have occurred in the absence of integrated efforts
  • Describe how land users in the area affected by the proposed new activity have been identified and engaged, and their diverse interests, knowledge and values in the area have been considered.
  • Have impacts on other land users been identified and addressed?
  • Is the land use proposal supported by other land users? Where it isn’t supported, describe the efforts taken to address concerns.
  • What are the identified social, cultural and environmental resources that will be affected throughout the lifecycle of the activity? How will these effects be addressed?
  • What are the risks to stated values for land in the area? What is the management strategy used to address these risks?
  • Describe how the best available knowledge, data, information, science, process and/or models have been used to support the proposed activity, and how this will be used to minimize the present and future footprint.
  • How does the proposed activity demonstrate shared stewardship?
  • Has the entire lifecycle of the activity, including reclamation activities upon closure, been considered or anticipated?
  • Are potential future uses and interests been accommodated during the life of the activity and/or after the activity has concluded?
  • How will you continuously improve tools and process, while identifying information gaps and other needs (adaptive management)? Describe the mechanisms for collecting feedback and learning, and how this is influences changes in management practices

In addition to these criteria, the overall nomination will be reviewed for overall presentation:

  • Was it clear, concise and complete?
  • Did it fully answer each question?
  • The judges’ overall impression of the nomination will be considered.

In order to ensure that the judges can adequately assess your nomination, please provide thorough and specific information as requested in the instructions.