Each spring, the Goldman Environmental Foundation receives nominations from a pre-selected group of environmental experts from around the world.
Goldman Environmental Prize nominators work in a broad range of fields, including environmental justice, indigenous rights, natural resource protection, biodiversity conservation, citizen advocacy, environmental health, land management, human rights, and many more. Their on-the-ground knowledge and worldwide reach enable us to identify many of the world’s most inspiring grassroots environmental leaders.
Foundation staff research nominations thoroughly, drawing on the resources of nominating organizations and individuals. The identities of nominees remain confidential throughout both the nomination and research processes. Final selections are made by the Goldman Environmental Prize Jury, which combines the commitment of the Foundation's Board of Directors with the expertise of distinguished environmentalists.
The following premises guide the Goldman Environmental Prize Jury in selecting Prize winners:
Goldman Prize recipients often are:
The Goldman Environmental Prize staff and jury give particular consideration to issues or geographic areas not yet recognized by the global community or the Prize. Recipients are often recognized near the time of a significant accomplishment and before they become well-known. While the Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes the importance of communities and organizations in many activists’ work, nominations of one individual are given preference.
The Goldman Environmental Prize does not accept unsolicited nominations.
Nominating organizations for the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize: