Alumni Awards

Nearly 4,000 Nelson Institute alumni work in government, business and non-profit organizations, applying their knowledge and skills to make the world a better and more sustainable place. Many also volunteer with environmental or humanitarian causes. Through an award process, the Nelson Institute annually spotlights their accomplishments and impacts. Recipients are recognized at the institute's annual Earth Day conference in April and receive an honorary plaque.

Nominations are currently being sought for the 2017 Early Career and Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Nomination Process

Nominations for 2017 must be submitted online by February 1, 2017. The submission form will ask for the following information:

Submit a nomination. Please email Emily Reynolds with questions.

Early Career Alumni Award

The Nelson Institute Early Career Alumni Award recognizes the accomplishments of alumni who are making a significant difference in the world soon after graduation. Nominations will be sought each fall/winter. One award winner will be selected by March 1 by a committee of Nelson Institute faculty and staff. The award will be announced in the spring and presented at the annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference in April.

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Distinguished Alumni Award

The Nelson Institute Distinguished Alumni Award honors alumni who have demonstrated considerable professional achievement and/or community service since graduation. Nominations will be sought each fall/winter. One award winner will be selected by March 1 by a committee of Nelson Institute faculty and staff. The award will be announced in the spring and presented at the annual Nelson Institute Earth Day Conference in April.

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Learn more about our Alumni Award winners throughout the years: