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About the Goldman Prize

Prize Mission and History

The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk.

Identifying Grassroots Leaders

The Prize partners with people and organizations working on the frontlines of conservation, climate change, and environmental justice to identify emerging grassroots leaders—a global network of scientists, policymakers, journalists, and other experts in the field.

Honoring Earth’s Defenders

The Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony inspires thousands with stories of urgency, action, and optimism. Normally held each spring in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., the ceremony convenes the environmental community to celebrate these emerging leaders.

Supporting Prize Winners

The Goldman Environmental Foundation supports Prize winners with additional programs to amplify their stories and encourage ongoing activism for our planet. Programs include grantmaking, defense of Prize winners, networking opportunities, professional development, and more.

Prize Jury, Board, and Staff

The Goldman Environmental Foundation continues the legacy of the founders, with a small but committed staff and an international jury of environmental experts who select each year’s winners.