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Environmental Foundation was established by Richard & Rhoda Goldman in 1989
to honor and inspire grassroots environmental activists around the world. The
Foundation administers the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s largest
prize for grassroots environmental leaders. The Prize is awarded each year to
environmental heroes from six geographic regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands
& Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The Prize
is presented at ceremonies each April in San Francisco and Washington, DC.
Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect
and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. Each winner
receives a significant and unrestricted cash award, international recognition
that enhances their credibility, and worldwide visibility for the issues that
they champion. The Goldman Environmental Foundation views grassroots leaders as
those creating positive change through community or citizen participation in
the issues that affect them. By putting a spotlight on these individual leaders,
the Prize seeks to inspire ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to
protect the natural world.
The Goldman Environmental
Foundation is based in San Francisco.
The Goldman Environmental Foundation accepts nominations from only two sources: a network of internationally known environmental organizations, and a confidential panel of environmental experts from more than 45 nations, including citizen activists and prominent policymakers. There is no application for the Goldman Prize, and unsolicited nominations are not accepted.