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Nominations & Selection

Identifying emerging environmental champions around the world

Nominating Process

Each year, the Goldman Environmental Prize solicits nominations from our global alliance of nominating partners. The global reach and on-the-ground knowledge of our partners enables the Goldman Prize to identify a diverse cohort of grassroots environmental changemakers across the world. Nominators work in a broad range of fields, including civil society, NGOs, journalism, science, and government. 

The Goldman Environmental Prize does not accept unsolicited nominations. If you are interested in learning more about the nomination process or becoming a nominator to the Prize, please contact

Prospective Nominees

Nominees for the Goldman Environmental Prize range in age, gender, race, language, and geographic diversity, but are united in their commitment to building a more sustainable, equitable, and biodiverse future. Candidates cannot submit their own names for consideration and are not aware that they have been nominated unless they win the Prize. Nominees are often:

  • Leaders in a grassroots campaign that results in significant impact at the regional, national, or global level
  • Leaders who provide significant inspiration to other environmentalists or to the public
  • Leaders who are well respected by their communities and colleagues
  • Individuals whose current work or campaigns would be significantly helped by receiving the Prize

Research and Selection of Nominees

Prize staff researches nominations thoroughly, drawing on the resources of nominating organizations and individuals. The identities of nominees remain confidential throughout the process. 

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 criteria and considerations guide the Goldman Environmental Prize Jury in selecting Prize winners:

  • Recent achievements that have enhanced the environment and inspired others are the foundation for recognition
  • Grassroots initiatives are given priority over scientific, academic, or governmental activities
  • Private citizens are given priority over executives of large NGOs
  • Government employees are eligible only for work outside the scope of their official responsibilities
  • The Prize is not a lifetime achievement award, nor is it given posthumously