Climate Leadership Awards: Tips and FAQs

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Tips for a successful application:

  1. Apply via our form. Email applications will not be considered.
  2. The application consists of some institutional information (to identify the school applying), some contact information (to allow us to follow up with you), and then a section titled “nomination text” which contains 3 essay questions of 250 words each. This part is what we use to evaluate your application.
  3. Consider your response to each question carefully. Each of the three essay questions is weighed equally.
  4. Don’t repeat the same answer submitted for one of the essay questions in the other essay questions.
  5. Try to use the 250 words to your advantage. You aren’t required to fill the text field, but not providing enough information will not help your application. Please do not exceed your 250 word count.
  6. Since being a signatory of the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments is a prerequisite for being considered for the Climate Leadership Awards, it is not advisable to use your essay questions to describe the process of signing the Presidents’ Climate Leadership Commitments. We also advise against sharing historical background about your institution that is not connected to your climate work. Leverage your text to talk about your climate work.
  7. Try to convey truly innovative work your institution is doing. What are you doing that could be seen as a model for the rest of the Climate Leadership Network?
  8. Try to provide a holistic picture of your institution’s climate work rather than focusing solely on one aspect (such as energy or efficiency, or student engagement, etc). Give us an idea of how this work cuts across your institution and bridges departments and faculties. If possible, get input from several people or departments on what should be highlighted.
  9. Key aspects to focus on: holistic work, cross-functionality, climate innovation, student engagement, greenhouses gas emissions reductions, green building, and partnerships with the community, agencies or companies.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I know if I am a finalist/honorable mention/winner?
As a popular national climate leadership award program, we have many applications to process and appreciate your patience as we give each applicant the careful consideration they deserve. The 2017 schedule is as follows: Applications are due May 26, 2017 by 11:59 pm PT. Finalists will be announced by early July. Winners will be announced in October.

What should I do if I am selected as a finalist?
If selected as a finalist, you might want to start gathering photos and videos you have that highlight your climate work on campus. If selected as an honorable mention or winner later on, we will be requesting these materials. Also, talk with your team about who might be the best representative to attend the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Luncheon (at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, November 8-10 in Boston, MA) if your school is selected as a winner. Attendance to the luncheon on November 9 is required in order to receive your award.

What do I do if I am selected as an honorable mention?
If selected as an honorable mention, you will be contacted by Second Nature requesting contact information for your media team. The USGBC Communications team will then request available media content from those contacts (which may include pictures or videos you have that highlight your climate work on campus) in order to put together promotional content about your honorable mention. Please provide this information as quickly as possible.

What do I do if I am selected a winner?
If selected as a winner, you will need to confirm the attendance of a representative from your institution to the Greenbuild Leadership Awards Luncheon on November 9 (at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, November 8-10 in Boston, MA) within one week of being contacted. If you cannot confirm within that time, the spot will be offered to the runner up. You will be contacted by Second Nature requesting your confirmation and contact information for the representative attending Greenbuild, and for your media team. The USGBC Communications team will then request available media content from those contacts (which may include pictures or videos you have that highlight your climate work on campus) in order to put together promotional content about your award. Please provide this information as quickly as possible.

Anything else I should be doing if I am selected as a finalist, honorable mention, or winner?
Yes, celebrate! You’ve been awarded a recognition for your climate action efforts within a network of institutions that are all committed to climate action and at the forefront of climate innovation. You will receive promotional images and sample social media posts from Second Nature to help you share your achievements.

What if I have other questions?
For questions about anything not covered here, please contact Michele Madia.

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