Environmental Leadership Awards
Call for Nominations Due May 1!

Leadership Awards Celebration
Wednesday, October 14, 2020

New: Alnoba Leadership Day Program
March 27th , 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Come spend a day learning from the best and brightest in Enviromental Leadership. Choose from a variety of Teach Ins throughout the day.


Dear Friends,

We’ve always believed that strong leaders make stronger communities. We face very real and very urgent threats to our planet. Now, more than ever we need strong activists’ leaders. We need their grit, guts, smarts and heart. We need their example. For more than 40 years, we have worked with some of the best leaders in the world on behalf of our beautiful planet. Two years ago, we launched the Alnoba Environmental Leadership Awards to honor brave and brilliant leaders whose courage, wisdom or potential inspire us to act more boldly for environmental justice. We are pleased now to issue this Call for Nominations for the 2020 Awards for the Moral Courage in Leadership Award, the International Indigenous Leadership Award, the Emerging Environmental Entrepreneur Award, and the CEO Environmental Leadership Award.

Nominations will be accepted on a rolling basis through May 1, 2020. The awards are described below. We are honored that David Conover, Jane Difley, Philip Conkling, Paul Rosenberg and Jan Byrnes will serve on the Alnoba Environmental Leadership Award Nominating Committee. Please take a moment to nominate a leader you admire and who deserves our recognition and gratitude.

Love and peace,
The Lewis Family


Alnoba Moral Courage in Leadership Award

Presented to a visionary leader whose body of work, vision, passion and personal example have made a meaningful and measurable difference. One who has shown moral courage and willingness to go the distance to help save our planet. The recipient is known as a strong mentor and leaves a lasting legacy by the cadre of bold next generation leaders they coached. Nonprofit, public service, civic or citizen leaders are eligible.

$25,000 donation in recipient’s name to nonprofit of their choice.

2019 Award Recipient
Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition

2018 Award Recipient
Jane Difley President, Society For the Protection of New Hampshire Forests

Alnoba International Indigenous Leadership Award

Throughout the years and through our travels, we have learned much from the teachings of indigenous people throughout the world. For 35 years, our travel companies, Overseas Adventure Travel and Grand Circle Corporation have supported indigenous people in more than 50 countries. We believe they understand our role as protectors and caretakers of the earth and community at a much different and higher level. This award honors an indigenous leader outside the U.S. who serves as a bold defender of Mother Earth, inspires communities to action and one who honors and applies traditional beliefs to the most pressing environmental problems of our day.

$10,000 donation in recipient’s name to nonprofit of their choice.

2019 Award Recipient
Francinara Soares Martins Baré
Federation Coordinator-Coordinating Body of Indigenous Organizations from the Brazilian Amazon

Alnoba Emerging Environmental Entrepreneur Award

This award recognizes achievement and potential. It is presented to an extraordinary person under 40 who has shown grit, leadership, integrity and results on behalf of the environment and sustainability. The recipient demonstrates the entrepreneurial spirit and started, founded, or invented an innovative organization, service or product that has measurably made a difference.

$10,000 donation in recipient’s name to nonprofit of their choice.

2019 Award Recipient
Steph Speirs, Co Founder, Solstice

2018 Award Recipient
Alex Fried, Founder and Co Director, Post Landfull Action Network (PLAN)

Alnoba CEO Environmental Leadership Award

The CEO Environmental Leadership Award is established to support, inspire and recognize business leaders who help save the earth we share. The vision is for the award to increase action towards a more sustainable future through the recipient’s continued leadership within his or her business, industry and community.


  • Must be CEO/Owner of a privately held company with review of less that $1B
  • Evidence that the company’s green policies and practices and philanthropic efforts have had a measurable impact
  • Serve as an example and through their practices have minimal impact on the environment and contribute to a more sustainable future

$10,000 donation in recipient’s name to nonprofit of their choice.

2019 Award Recipient
Matt O’Malia
Founder, GO Logic, GO Home, OPAL and GO Lab

Phil Coupe, Bill Behrens, Fortunat Meuller, Dan Clapp
Leadership Team of ReVision Energy