Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

People & Planet
Green Business Award

The green business you nominate may win a $5,000 prize.

Green America is proud to launch the latest cycle of our People & Planet Awards, rewarding green businesses nationwide for their contributions to a just and sustainable economy. 

We’ve designed this season's awards to honor green businesses that take extraordinary steps to advance worker empowerment and a positive work environment … and we need your help. Between now and September 25 (at 8PM EST), we’re collecting nominations.

Tell us why your favorite small, green business should win.  You may nominate any green business you wish, but your nomination must explain BOTH how your choice is a sustainability leader in general AND how your choice excels at supporting workers.

Examples could include businesses with policies that involve employees in company decision-making; businesses that make it their mission to employ at-risk groups (individuals with disabilities, veterans, or formerly incarcerated individuals, for example) businesses that encourage employee participation in economic justice issues; exemplary worker-owned businesses or co-ops, and Fair Trade businesses with a commitment to direct and fair relationships with producer communities overseas.

Use your imagination in selecting a nominee!
And please be as descriptive as possible in explaining why your nominated business is good for both people and the planet. [See our rules for more about eligibility.]

From the nominations, our panel of green-business experts* will select 10 finalists.  We’ll share the stories of the finalists, and conduct a run-off vote in November for three winners who will each receive a prize of $5,000. We’ll announce the winners in December.

Good luck to all of the nominees, and thanks for your submission!

People & Planet Award Nominee

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Contact Info (Web site, e-mail, phone, etc.) *

Please explain why this business should be rewarded for its commitment to workers: *

Please explain why this business is good for both people and the planet: *

What is your relationship, if any, to the nominee (customer, employee, owner, etc.)? *

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Sign up for our e-newsletter, and you will receive the list of top-ten nominees on November 1. 

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*Judges for this season's awards program include: Katie Galloway & Gigi Abbadie, Aveda; Justin Conway, Calvert Foundation; Deven Clemens, Clif Bar; Mary Kearns, Herban Lifestyles; Jonathan Reinbold, Organic Valley; Martin Wolf, Seventh Generation; and Fran Teplitz & Andrew Korfhage, Green America. Thank you to our panel!