The Harvard Kennedy School is collecting nominations for the 2013 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership. The award is presented every two years to an outstanding public-private partnership project that enhances environmental quality through the use of novel and creative approaches.
The mission of the Roy Family Award is to encourage governments, companies, and organizations worldwide to push the boundaries of creativity and take risks that result in significant changes that benefit the environment; and to leverage greater action. Just one example: after the Mexico City Metrobus project received the 2009 award, the city announced the development of two additional Metrobus BRT lines – an expansion that would not have been politically feasible without the recognition from the Roy Award and Harvard University.
We need your help to identify the most innovative and impactful partnerships around the world. Partnerships should be unusually creative and provide a model for improvement that is transferable to other issues or geographic regions. Partnerships can consist of individuals or academic, business, civic, government, and non-profit groups. Projects can be domestic or international in scope, should involve a novel leap in creativity, and should foster significant positive changes that improve environmental quality or protect natural resources. They can be either domestic or international in scope.
We hope to receive nominations that represent the full spectrum of work being done in this field, and we need your help both in identifying possible recipients and in passing on the announcement to others working in this area. Due to your significant involvement with environmental issues and activities, we believe your participation is essential to recognize the partnerships making a difference.
A full description of the Roy Family Award, including project eligibility and award criteria is available on our website. If you have additional questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me. We would like to narrow our pool of applicants by the end of the summer, so please send nomination suggestions by September 15, 2012.
Thank you for your help,
Amanda Swanson Sardonis
Assistant Director, Environment and Natural Resources Program
Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School
Roy Award Winners:
The first Roy Family Award was presented in 2003 to a coalition of the American Electric Power Company, Pacific Corp and British Petroleum, Fundacion Amigos de la Naturaleza, the Nature Conservancy, and the government of Bolivia. It recognized their joint efforts to design and implement a carbon sequestration project with unique promise to attain political and economic sustainability while protecting one of the world’s most valuable rain forests.
In 2007, the Roy Family Award was presented to Energiebau Solarstromsysteme, a German solar technology provider, and the non-profit InWEnt-Capacity Building International for their joint efforts in providing reliable, renewable electricity to rural African villages through a system of solar panel technology combined with modified diesel motors running on pure plant oil from the jatropha nut.
In 2009, the Roy Family Award was given to the Mexico City Metrobus, a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system that reduces air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, while improving the quality of life and transportation options in one of the largest cities in the world.
The 2011 winner is Refrigerants, Naturally! a coalition of four companies – The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, Unilever, and PepsiCo – and two international environmental organizations – Greenpeace and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) – whose mission is to combat climate change and ozone layer depletion by developing natural refrigeration technologies that are safe, reliable, affordable and energy efficient.