- A diverse group of organizations working on environmental issues world-wide (this year’s nominating organizations are listed to the right); and
- A confidential panel of over 150 environmental experts from more than 70 nations, including citizen activists, distinguished environmentalists working in the field, and prominent policymakers.
Foundation staff research nominations thoroughly, drawing on the resources of nominating organizations and individuals. The identities of nominees remain confidential throughout both the nomination and research processes. Final selections are made by the Goldman Environmental Prize Jury, which combines the commitment of the Foundation's Board of Directors with the expertise of distinguished environmentalists.
The following premises guide the Goldman Environmental Prize Jury in selecting Prize winners:
- Recent achievements that have enhanced the environment and inspired others are the foundation for recognition
- Grassroots initiatives are given priority over scientific, academic or governmental activities
- Private citizens are given priority over executives of large NGOs
- Government employees are eligible only for work outside the scope of their official responsibilities
- The Prize is not a lifetime achievement award, nor is it given posthumously
Goldman Prize recipients often are:
- Leaders in a grassroots campaign or sustained effort that seeks to have, or results in, a significant impact at the regional, national or global level
- Leaders that provide significant inspiration to other environmentalists or to the public
- Leaders who are well respected by their communities and colleagues
- Individuals who have conducted their work at great personal risk
- Individuals whose current work or campaigns would be significantly impacted by receiving the Prize
The Goldman Environmental Prize staff and jury give particular consideration to issues or geographic areas not yet recognized by the global community or the Prize. Recipients are often recognized near the time of a significant accomplishment and before they become well-known. While the Goldman Environmental Prize recognizes the importance of communities and organizations in many activists’ work, nominations of one individual are given preference.
The Goldman Environmental Prize does not accept unsolicited nominations.
Nominating organizations for the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize:
The Conservation Fund
Conservation Strategy Fund
Earth Day Network
Earth Island Institute
Friends of the Earth
International Accountability Project
International Development Exchange
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Nature Conservancy
Rainforest Action Network
Small Change Fund
Wildlife Conservation Society
World Wildlife Fund