The 6th INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ opens for entries and searches the globe for the true unsung sustainability heroes.

The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS, a global programme that recognises innovative and creative approaches to sustainability, is now searching the globe for the true sustainability heroes after establishing its first online global sustainability community and entry platform! This online community will help to connect game changers and innovators globally to share ideas and best practice.

The awards, now in their sixth year are firmly fixed on the sustainable business calendar and will be judged by some of the most influential environmental and sustainability experts internationally including the former presidential candidate for Brazil, Marina Silva, David de Rothschild, Environmentalist & Explorer and Sir Crispin Tickell, the former President of the Royal Geographical Society .

This year, the yet undisclosed Lifetime Achievement Award nominee will need to meet the high benchmark set by Sir David Attenborough CBE, who picked up the inaugural award last year. The coming months will also see the announcement of a list of nominees for the new Best Green Celebrity category, which will be open to a public vote through the new web portal.

Sustainable innovation around technology will be an important focus this year as businesses embark on the journey to a green revolution. It’s clearly evident that there’s an increasing appetite from business and industry for case studies demonstrating excellence and best practice in sustainability issues. And so the race is on to search the globe to unearth this year’s shining examples that will inspire our generation. In fact, this year’s awards are expected to be the biggest and most inspiring yet, with even more entries expected based on the increasing interest in sustainability as ‘being sustainable’ becomes a prerequisite to ‘business as usual’. 

Sir Paul Judge, President of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and Steering Group Chair commented, “These awards bring together and generate awareness of outstanding ideas and achievements that can help our world become more sustainable by spreading good practice and allowing other organisations to benchmark their own environmental policies and practices.”

According to Ahmed Djoghlaf – Executive Secretary, UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), one of this year’s judges, “In the wake of the adoption of the 2020 Aichi Biodiversity targets which calls for the engagement of all stakeholders including the business community, it is an honour and a privilege to participate in the 2011 INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™. I am impressed with the positive impact the Award has in promoting and rewarding creativity and dedication.  Through example, the Awards is shaping future messages of sustainability and therefore creating the leaders of the green businesses of tomorrow.

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Editor’s notes:


We inspire innovation for sustainability by recognising people and organisations whose ideas are creating positive change.

International Green Awards 2010 brought together more than 500 leaders from all sizes of companies, each with a similar goal— to learn how companies are adapting and innovating for sustainability. Take your place in history now!

Example Judges

Sir Crispin Tickell, Former President Royal Geographical Society, UK

Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity under the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP)

David de Rothschild, Environmentalist & Explorer & ‘Plastiki’ Expedition Leader

Professor Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency

Jane Davidson, Minister of the Environment, Welsh Assembly

Michelle Laug, Communications Officer, Green Cross International

Liu Jianqiang, Editor, China Dialogue

Marina Silva, Environmental Activist and Politician

Tim Smit, Founder, The Eden Project

Brendan May, UK Chairman, Rainforest Alliance

Aniol Esteban, Head of Environmental Economics, New Economics Foundation

Peter Paul van de Wijs, Managing Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

Malini Mehra FRSA, Centre For Social Markets, India

Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Department, Institute of Economic Research

Bonnie Nixon, Executive Director, Sustainability Consortium, USA

Baroness Barbara Young, Chancellor of Cranfield University.

Vicki Buck, Entrepreneur and former Mayor Christchurch

Lance Hosey, President & CEO, GreenBlue USA

Professor Malcolm McIntosh, Asia Pacific Centre for Sustainable Enterprise, Griffith University, Queensland, AUSTRALIA

Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General, IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

2011 Categories

Best Green International Business Award (Large/Multi-national)

Best Green International Business Award (Medium)

Best Green Entrepreneur Award (Start-up)

Best Sustainable Investment Award ( BRONZE Partner Emerald Knight)

Best Green Energy Efficiency Initiative Award

Best Green 4R’s Award (Reduction, Reuse, Recycling, Recovery)

Best Green New Product Innovation

Best Green Service Innovation Award

Best Green Conservation and Biodiversity Award

Best Green Water Stewardship Award

Best Green Collaborative Initiative Award

Best Green Technology Award (BRONZE Partner Danwood)

Best Green Intelligent Buildings Award

Best Green Public Sector Award

Best Green Educational Awareness and Sustainability Award

Best Green Not for Profit Organisation Award

Best Green Employee Engagement Award

Best Green Cross Platform Digital Media Solution Award

Best Green Advertising & PR Award

Best Green Audio-Visual Award

International Green Awards Grand Prix

Lifetime Achievement Award

Best International Green Awards Celebrity

For press enquiries contact The INTERNATIONAL GREEN AWARDS™ Team

00 44 (0) 207 939 3958

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