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The Women in Sustainability Leadership Award honors and connects the most powerful women at the forefront of sustainability. Our goal is to create a more sustainable world by growing awareness, promoting advancement, and supporting development of women in leadership roles. 


The jury is looking for women that demonstrate the highest level of integrity and dedication to sustainability leadership. Entries can be self-nominated or can be nominated by a third-party. If submitting a third-party nomination, either the nominator or the nominee can send in the submission, but the nominee should be notified to answer the essay questions and provide a cover letter and resume. 

Qualifying Criteria: 

  • Must be individuals

  • Must be women

  • Nominees are NOT required to be in the design or building industry but can be involved in any business sector, public or private, and with companies/organizations of all sizes

  • Must be currently active in their company/organization

  • Current position must have a clear connection to sustainability

  • At least 7 years of experience in a leadership role

Judging Criteria:

  • Effectively demonstrates a dedication to working in sustainability with proven results that relate to a specific product, service, or strategy that has significant positive benefits to the planet
  • Has helped shaped her organization through lasting change that is beneficial to the staff, board, organization, community, environment, etc. 
  • Values mentorship and has helped guide other female leaders
  • Has demonstrated bravery/courage in the workplace 

What to submit:

  • Submittable application information
  • Nominee essay question responses (4 questions, 500 words each) 
  • Nominee cover letter 
  • Nominee resume 
  • One letter of recommendation (may be written by nominator) 
  • Additional documentation to support reason for nomination (optional, maximum of 3 files)
Winners will be chosen by a prestigious jury of industry professionals and will be notified immediately following the jury deliberations. Winners will be celebrated at a dinner and awards program during the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in Boston in November. No public announcement will be made prior to the award program. We kindly ask that the winners do not make their own announcements prior to that date. 

Important dates:
  • Call for nominations opens: 7/03/2017
  • Deadline for nominations: 7/28/2017
  • Judging: Early August 2017
  • Winners announced and Award program at Greenbuild: 11/07/2017

Questions? Contact Laura Heidenreich at laura@gbdmagazine.com. 


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