Prize Ceremony

2020 Update from the Prize

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony has been rescheduled for November 30, 2020, at 4:00 pm PST, as a Virtual Ceremony. 2020 Prize winners will be announced then. Not coincidentally, that date also marks the 10th anniversary of the death of Richard Goldman—on November 29, 2010.

The Virtual Ceremony will feature Sigourney Weaver as host, musical guest Jack Johnson, and special appearances by Danni Washington and others. Stay tuned for more details and links for streaming on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. We encourage our partners to spread the word and organize watch parties among their communities!

Award Ceremony

The Goldman Environmental Prize ceremony is normally held at the San Francisco War Memorial Opera House every April, followed by a ceremony in Washington, D.C., two days later. Both events are by invitation only.

More than 4,000 people attend the always packed, emotion-filled events. The ceremony features short documentary films to provide an introduction to the Prize recipients and their accomplishments. In San Francisco, a member of the Goldman family presents the recipients with their Ouroboros statuettes, following the recipients’ address to the audience.

The celebration continues at a reception at San Francisco City Hall featuring organic and seasonal ingredients. We make every effort to compost and recycle, keeping our celebration as sustainable as possible.

The 2019 ceremony in San Francisco took place on Monday, April 29. Watch the full event below!