The International Green Awards were launched in 2006 with the aim of scouring the globe for “effective, innovative and creative approaches to sustainability”. When such conscientious entrepreneurs, innovators, influencers and leaders were found, who had taken the effort to implement eco-friendly practices and set a stellar example for others to follow, they were applauded, honored, and awarded.
In addition to being a platform that recognizes individual and collective contributions to repairing and healing the Earth, the International Green Awards has also become a forum that connects people wanting to make a difference with those that have game changing ideas and best practices.
Last year, the International Green Awards went global in the true sense of the word. Every category saw worldwide participation. The Awards featured 16 categories in total, including three new ones – Best Green Product Innovation, Best Green Educational Project, and Best Green Use of Mobile Apps & Technology. The high point of the Awards was the presenting of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award to Sir David Attenborough CBE.
This year, there are 20 categories, including the newly introduced Best Green Celebrity Award. The list of nominees will be announced in the coming months and the award will be open to public voting through the International Green Awards website as well as social networking sites.
To judge the other awards, there’s a whole lineup of solemn dignitaries and luminaries that have proven their commitment towards the environment and expertise in sustainable practices. Among the judges are Environmentalist & Explorer David de Rothschild, the former President of the Royal Geographical Society, Sir Crispin Tickell, and former presidential candidate for Brazil, Marina Silva. As the website exclaims, “It is no exercise in fluffy back-patting.” It is all very serious business.
Entry to the International Green Awards opened on 1st June 2011 and will close on Friday 16th September, so you have a few weeks left to enter. The names of the shortlisted candidates will be announced on 5th October 2011, while the name of the winners will be announced at a gala event at the Natural History Museum in London on 24th November 2011.
If you’d like to attend the awards ceremony, book your tickets before 30th September to get a 10% discount.