Nominations for the 2022 Canada’s Clean50 Awards are now CLOSED for this year and will reopen in January 2022 for the 2023 Clean50 Awards. Look for the 2022 lists to be released October 1st.
If there is someone you know – or know of – who is making a difference to Canada’s overall sustainability performance, please tell us about them! Categories include clean tech, R&D, educators, advocates, thought leaders, and all 3 levels of government, in addition to a broad cross section of industries.
Clean50 Individual Awards
Nominations are now closed for all the 2022 Clean50 Awards: Individual, Emerging Leader and Lifetime Achievement awards. Use the form below to nominate individuals or tell us about project leaders and their interesting projects. Short form nominations are for the 2023 Clean50 Awards are welcome through July 1st, 2022. Nominees’ responses to their nominations (detailed form below) are due by 12 Noon EDT on Monday, July 5th, 2021.
Clean50 Top Project
Nominations / Responses are now closed for the 2022 Clean50 Top Project Awards. Submissions closed at 12 Noon EDT, Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021.
Vancity Community Champion Award: if you have already submitted a response for another Clean50 Award and subsequently been advised you qualify for consideration for the Vancity award, you may still submit details up to August 31st, 2021.
Have you already been nominated for a Clean50 award? If so, please fill out the detailed nominee form for further consideration. For a word version of the Individual or the Project form to help you prepare answers, reach back to your Clean50 Research Analyst at Delta Management.
EXTENSIONS TO DEADLINES / ASSISTANCE WITH RESPONSES:
If you or your organization is small, underfunded or overwhelmed in some other way, and the burden of responding to your nomination is causing you a challenge, please reach us to discuss how we may be able to grant a short extension, and provide added resources from our team to ease the burden.
Please access the Detailed Nomination Form here:
The deadline for short form nominations is July 1st (Canada Day). Long Form Nomination responses are due by 12:00 noon EDT July 5th. Anyone nominated after June 25 has 10 days from the date they are notified of their nomination to respond.
** Our nominee won before. Can they win again?
Yes! If the nominee is a former Clean50 honouree, please do not include accomplishments for which the nominee has already been honoured except those that have been replicated since March 2019 or March 2020 as the case may be (the 2020 Clean50 announced in late 2019 were only assessed for contributions up to March of 2019 – those announced in April 2021 as part of the 2021 Clean50 were assessed for contributions up to March 2020). After being named to the Clean50 four times, honourees will be considered and reported annually as “Life Members”, but will no longer be eligible to be part of the primary list.
** What activities are considered/eligible?
PLEASE ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS AS IF THE PHRASE “Between January 1, 2019 and March 31, 2021 ….” PRECEDED THE QUESTION, unless otherwise instructed. Results from activities which began before January 1 2019 or continue after March 31, 2021 may be part of our consideration as well; however, the work must have been completed in the time frame and the results tabulated from completion through March 31st of this year.
** Is there a separate form for the Emerging Leaders award?
No – nominees for the Emerging Leaders category should select the Clean50 category most appropriate to the activities they believe best demonstrate their accomplishments, and respond to those questions. Emerging Leaders will first be judged relative to the full Clean50 category for which they are best suited. Only if they are not selected for the individual Clean50 award will they be compared to all others who are eligible in the Emerging Leader category.
** How old can I be and still be an “Emerging Leader”?
Emerging Leaders will be considered for accomplishments completed before their 36th birthday, and within the dates as framed above (January 1, 2019 to March 31, 2021). For example, if the Emerging Leader nominee turned 36 in October 2020, only accomplishments between Jan 1, 2019 and October 2020 would be considered in the Emerging Leader category. ALL work completed prior to March 31, 2021 will be considered for the “full” Clean50 Award. Obviously, we expect more from a thirty year-old than a twenty-five year-old etc.
** I don’t know which category is best for me. Can I enter in two?
Yes. If you wish to be considered in two or more categories, please first answer fully in each category for which you think you may be a candidate. Please also consider this: The winners named in the ADVOCATES category will only be named for work the individual completed on behalf of an NFP. ENGO or CHARITY. Industry Associations may be considered in either the Advocate or the category on whose behalf they advocate. (i.e. if you are the leader of the Canadian Renewable Energy Assoc. you could be considered under either or both of the Renewable Energy or the Advocate category.
** There was no single, clear leader associated with my work; can a team win a Clean50 Award?
This award recognizes leadership: it is an individual award for the leader, rather than an organizational award or a team award. However, if the work completed was exceptional and there is no way to identify a leader, you may nominate a small team (maximum four people). In that case, nominate the “team lead” and then enter the team members’ names on the extra pages as provided (there is room for up to three additional names and data at the end of the form). PLEASE DO NOT try and subvert the form by, for example, combining multiple first names in the spot for first name, or by putting someone’s full name under ‘first name’ and a second nominee under ‘family name’. This only serves to totally mess up the system and will guarantee we consider someone else! Please note: teams will have a much harder time being selected to the top Clean16 Award.
** How will I know if I won?
Once the selection is complete, honourees will be contacted. Our goal is before August 20th. Honourees will be required to formally accept the honour within five business days of notification, and sign and accept the terms of an agreement as provided to them at the time of their notification. Once all selections are finalized and honourees have accepted, other nominees will be notified. If you are not available between July 25 and August 25, please make sure someone is monitoring your email. IF YOU FAIL TO RESPOND OR ACCEPT THE AGREEMENT IN A TIMELY FASHION, the offer to become a member of the Clean50 may be rescinded. Further, if we don’t get an agreed upon self-description and photo by August 25th, Delta Management will retain the discretion as to what to print. As we winnow down to finalists, we endeavor to reach out to those who will not be on the list this year and let them know. In particularly close races, that may go past our target date. If you are nominated, please be sure to whitelist in your email client any email from @deltamanagement.com. We don’t want your notification languishing in your junk mailbox!
FILLING OUT THE FORM/TECHNICAL QUESTIONS
** Who may fill out the detailed nomination form?
The detailed nomination form may be completed by either the nominee, or someone with full knowledge of the nominee’s accomplishments and the organization’s sustainability metrics and with permission from the nominee to commit the nominee’s time with respect to their Summit attendance (taking place on October 1st, 2021, in Toronto, assuming safe and legal to do so) and also their ongoing engagement with the Clean50. While commitment to Summit attendance is not 100% mandatory, and we are all aware that “life happens”, subsequently reneging on a firm commitment is not well received, and may in some cases result in the offer of an award being rescinded, or changed from a Clean16 to a Clean50 award. We urge all nominees to get vaccinated – Vax status could potentially play a role in our decision.
To be awarded a Clean50 Award, the nominee themselves will be required to stipulate that the claims made are as accurate as reasonably possible, and not knowingly in error.
** Can’t I just send you my CSR / ESG / CR / GRESB Report?
Please DO NOT – DO NOT – DO NOT refer us to your CSR report. Answer our questions. The only external “stuff” we need is your picture! You may draw our attention to a CSR report as additional backup if you wish, but please keep in mind we care about the *individual* and their contribution to sustainability, and the package we give to our advisory board (aka judges) will not include anything not included on our submission form.
** Can’t I just upload a bio or a CV?
Please DO NOT attempt to upload a full bio or a CSR report, in whole or in part. You can create a link to reports further down the form and email us a bio or resume if need be. However, we will not consider responses which are incomplete on their own. The only material provided to our Panel will be responses from the Detailed form, and is often reviewed (mid-summer) in places with no internet access, so referring us to a CSR /ESG report will be the same as no answer. .
** Can I “save” my form responses and complete them later? Can I know all the questions in advance so I can prepare?
Unfortunately our form does not reliably allow use of a “save / save draft” function and situations have anecdotally arisen where only part of what had been entered was saved.
To get around this, we suggest 1) you email us (either your Clean50 Analyst, or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will send you a WORD version of the form, so you can prepare and then cut and paste your responses into the form when you are completely prepared. DO NOT submit only the Word version instead, as we are unable to process it properly. However, if you do care to submit it IN ADDITION, you may do so by emailing a word doc entitled “c50 – NOMINEE LAST NAME – First name” (i.e. “c50-SUZUKI-David”) to email@example.com. And 2) We suggest that after you “save” don’t close the form unless you need to do so. Upon resumption you may find some of your latest answers were not retained.
** Will the form expire? What if I make a mistake?
Once you start, there is no time limit for completing the form (beyond the deadline date). Simply ensure you keep it open in your browser until complete. There is a SAVE function but it has not always proven to be fully functional or to have saved all answers you have entered, so our free advice is work from a WORD doc from which you can paste answers, and keep the form open until completed.
** Must I answer every question?
Some questions may not apply – or you may not wish to answer. If that is the situation, simply enter N/A or “no response” accordingly. We have set virtually all questions as “required” to ensure you at least see and respond to all questions and don’t overlook one by mistake. You may elect to skip questions if you feel the content is irrelevant to the Clean50 honour in your nominee’s case – or for competitive/confidentiality reasons. If that data is essential we may call you to discuss. Keep in mind that we also consider the company’s actions when measuring the leadership of the individual nominee and determining the results, but it is the individual’s actions and impacts that are the primary criteria. Obviously, the more complete the nomination form is, the better the chances of selection. We anticipate that some people may not complete the entire form, but please do your best.
** How much information are you expecting?
Unless specifically requested, we anticipate a typical response to any question will usually be a maximum of 200 words but some may run more at your discretion. We appreciate a full explanation, metrics where available, and an explanation of impacts – or the “why” – why something is important! Please do not assume expert knowledge on our part. Often Nominees tell us about a particular accomplishment, but we fail to truly “get it” or understand why it’s important in their particular industry. So…help us understand! We will carefully read all that you submit. Please also answer the actual question we asked. (often we get detailed responses to questions we haven’t asked yet – but will later in the form). We are not good with vague, non-metrics driven responses. If you are telling us you cut x number of tonnes of GHG, help us with perspective – what percentage does that represent of your total. Conversely – if you tell us you cut a percentage please also give us an absolute. Finally, do NOT compare your results to taking cars off the road., (we can also divide tonnes by 5!) or any other metric of dubious or inexact provenance – ie Olympic size pools, trees planted etc etc,
** Any last advice for filling in the form?
Why yes, actually!
Please do not describe yourself as a “sought after speaker”, an “active blogger”, or a “visionary”. We don’t care if you have a million Twitter followers – unless you can prove that your tweets motivated them to do something you and we can reliably measure. If you want to reference those activities, be sure to tie them to the real-world results (beyond collecting “LIKE”s on Facebook) that your activities have produced. For example: if your blog produced a list of commitments from your readers who then reported back on their activities – that is something we can measure. That they merely clicked or “liked” is not.
The Clean50 Award is not about popularity. It’s about measurable results at scale. We want to know what the IMPACT of your speech is (beyond your personal contribution to climate change), the ACTIONS your blogging can be shown to have inspired, and the RESULTS from realizing your vision. These awards are for significant measurable impacts – not for collecting Twitter followers. If you do have a gazillion Twitter followers, then you need to have them provide you with specific details of the activities they have undertaken as a result of your Tweeted inspiration
A couple more “DON’Ts”: Please don’t tell us you are passionate about the environment (that is assumed) or about your parental status (not relevant). However, the fact you “walk” (or bike) the talk might be… for example the fact you bike 20K to work 4 days out of 5 might be relevant. The fact you don’t own a car – or that you retrofitted your home with solar or ground source energy might also be of interest. Finally, please resist the urge to tell us about anything you or your company did prior to 2019 unless expressly tied to the results you are now reporting.
AWARD ACCEPTANCE and SUMMIT LOGISTICS
** I cannot personally pick up my award – can I send someone in my place? Do you ship the awards?
Our policy is that we do NOT mail or ship the awards. They must be picked up in person by the honouree or a designate, either at the Summit or elsewhere at an otherwise mutually convenient time. IF something happens to prevent your attendance, you may arrange for courier pickup at your expense.
** What if the Honouree can’t attend and my team was a huge part of what we accomplished? What about other team members?
Honourees are entitled to send an alternate in their place. They may also invite a team member or members to accompany them, and to participate to the extent space permits (first come first served), in all activities at the Summit. However, those individuals (alternates and team members) will be charged for their participation, as are alumni honourees (supported by HP). For Summit 11.0, alternates and team members 2-4 will be charged ~$595 for the full day (special rates are sometimes made available for students and NGO / NFPs – inquire if appropriate and you are named).
** Can I bring a guest to the Summit?
There is a cost of approximately $595 for each of: additional summit attendees, alternates sent in an honouree’s stead, second or subsequent team members, and/or additional team members. Additional Summit attendees’ may only attend if there is sufficient room. (first come / first served basis). (note this is the first time we have increased the cost of attendance in 10 years and reflects higher post COVID food and catering costs).
** Do you cover travel costs or other expenses related to Summit attendance?
We do not cover travel or other expenses related to Summit attendance. There is no cost to be nominated or considered for an award, nor is there a cost to attend the Summit itself for individual honourees; however, costs associated with getting to the Summit are the responsibility of the honouree, as is the cost of parking etc. Project honourees pay a modest sum to attend the Summit – however if they are also individual nominees they gain free admission in that way. IF this adversely affects your organization and you are an Emerging Leader, or work for a small underfunded organization, please let us know and we will undertake to do all we can to help you facilitate your attendance. We don’t want to exclude anyone based on the size of their travel budget.
SPONSORSHIP and LICENSING
** Is there any cost to be considered for the award?
Short answer: “No”. Delta Management Group is pleased to act as the primary champion and steward of the Clean50, and we have several partners, including the Globe and Mail as our Media Partner, and HP Canada as our Clean50 Alumni Engagement Partner, Unilever, Vancity Investment Bank, CN Rail, Enwave, TELUS, Intact Insurance & Frank Crawford Company, Resolute Forest Products, , and GLOBE SERIES, amongst others. We, and our partners, underwrite the costs associated with:
– The physical award itself (a handsome plaque fashioned from a combination of recycled bamboo chopsticks that most honourees display proudly on their walls)
– The participation of the actual individual honouree (or one member of a team) at the Summit
– Inclusion of all the Clean50 honourees’ names and pictures in the Globe and Mail
– Inclusion of ALL of the honourees’ pictures and brief bio in the Summit program
– Publicizing the award and the nomination process
– The extensive screening process that nominees undergo
– The cost for Clean50 alumni to come back to the Summit each year
** Is there any cost to ACCEPT the award?
Again – short answer “No”.
However, all honourees when offered the award are required to sign a license agreement that governs how they may identify themselves as a Clean50 honouree if they wish to accept the award, and before their award can or will be made public.
Honourees are able to self-identify on personal promotional material (i.e their personal resume, their social media profile) as a Clean50 honouree for the year they are named, in perpetuity, and at no charge.
Any honouree who wishes to self identify as a Clean50, Clean16 or Clean50 Emerging Leader honouree on commercial promotional material – or whose organization wishes to in any way publicize the fact that their employee has won a Clean50 award – is required to pay a nominal licensing fee, in exchange for which both the individual and the organization are entitled to both use the “Clean50″ wordmark, and display the appropriate Clean50 logo in a non commercial fashion (i.e. on a resume, or Linked-In profile) in perpetuity, and to wear the Clean50 pin in perpetuity. Any fee paid is a one-time fee, valid for the honouree’s lifetime and in the case of an organization, for as long as the employee remains in the employ of the company.
Ongoing use of the Clean50 wordmark or logo by the organization employing the honouree requires payment of a commercial use licensing fee, which varies by type of honouree’s organization and the form of use desired, ranging from $0 (First Nations / First Peoples community NFP organizations) to $100 (ENGOs) to $1,495 (non B corp for-profit companies). Payment of the fees helps defer some of the significant costs incurred by the organizers, and is only required if the organization wishes to publicize their receipt of the Clean50 Awards. Costs are subject to change, and increase slightly after the Summit and award ceremony. If this fee poses an insurmountable object for your small underfunded organization, we will endeavour to make special arrangements when we consider appropriate. If you win, and this impacts your organization, please reach out to discuss.
** How can our organization get involved with the Clean50 awards?
If your organization would be interested in supporting the Clean50 awards and, more importantly, the ongoing work of the Clean50, we would be pleased to hear from you. Please note: sponsorship information is never shared with the advisors and so will have no effect whatsoever on honouree selection. However, sponsorship will guarantee that your story and commitment to advancing sustainability are noticed! We are hugely grateful to: HP Canada, the Globe and Mail, Unilever, Vancity Investment Bank, CN Rail, Enwave, TELUS, Intact Insurance & Frank Crawford Company, Resolute Forest Products, and GLOBE SERIES, for being our early supporters this year, and are pleased to work with any sustainability-conscious / responsible organization to support our mutual objectives.
** What happens to the data you collect?
The background data on Clean50 award nomination forms will be treated as confidential and will not be openly published, but will be retained in perpetuity and used to validate and, if successful, publicly describe honourees’ accomplishments. This means that all data submitted needs to be accurate, complete, and not subject to any confidentiality restrictions unless explicitly identified. Names and associated coordinate data may be shared with; Delta Management personnel, the Clean50 advisory team, and Clean50 Summit organizers as required to determine Clean50 honourees and for the purposes of event coordination/planning. Delta and the Clean50 may also make use of the email coordinates provided to contact anyone listed about the Clean50. Of note: less than 1% of all our nominees later “unsubscribe”. We are very respectful of both your time and privacy.
** Will Delta Management share my contact data with other Summit attendees or Sponsors?
The Clean50 mailing list is not shared with any other party as a list, except that contact coordinates of honourees will be shared with other honourees, past, present and future upon request. On an individual request basis, where there is clear value to the nominee, Delta Management may make introductions. For example, if through a nomination we become aware of a nominee’s unique clean tech product, or consulting offering, we may introduce a prospective customer / client to the nominee.
Delta Management also works with category champions to prepare and send out a single unique message about our category champion to nominees in their category. These are one-time messages usually of interest to the category nominees. A list of nominees in a particular category(ies) may be shared with the sponsor / champion of that category for two reasons: to enable their input in selecting the winner of their particular named award (i.e. HP / Vancity / Telus special awards) , and this helps our category sponsors and supporters in delivering their specific message to those specific category nominees. When explicit permission is given as identified within the response form, data will be shared with the Globe and Mail. Any resumes submitted in support of a nomination will be retained separately from any others Delta has on file – and will not be shared with anyone at any time, ever, without the individual’s express permission.
** What if I have important data I want considered, but which must remain confidential?
ALL data submitted is used to determine ultimate honourees and may be made public unless specifically and clearly identified as confidential. Obviously if too much relevant information is withheld/confidential, we will have a difficult time defending the prospective honouree receiving the award, so if marking information as confidential, the information should be able to be made available to the public in September when other announcements are made.
** What will get published?
Honourees will be given the ability to amend their descriptions in conjunction with Delta, before any data about the honouree appears publicly. Prospective honourees are encouraged to submit high-resolution photos via email NOW. Photos should be portrait in nature, high resolution, at least 1000 X 1400 pixels, and cropped to be on a 5×7 ratio and be 85% “head” rather than a full body shot. Take a look at existing photos on the website for composition objectives. Please observe the requirements as noted later in this form – notably – send us only a single picture, make sure it is on a ratio of 5×7 – and name it as described below in more detail – i.e. “GOODALL Jane.jpg” or “GORE Al.bmp”
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