Applications and nominations for the second annual Indianapolis Sustainability Summit awards are now open. They can be submitted to the Office of Sustainability through March 1, 2019. 

"Designed to inspire innovation, showcase impact, reward leadership and promote education around the principles of sustainability," the awards are intended to highlight work by an Indianapolis business, institution, nonprofit, or individual that integrates pillars of sustainability. All Indianapolis organizations and individuals are encouraged to submit a nomination for others, as well as nominate themselves, who are leading sustainability efforts by example.

“We must recognize and support the diligent work and achievement of our community leaders to position our city as a leader on community sustainability,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett in the press release announcing the nomination period. “By working together and supporting new ideas, we will guarantee a healthier, cleaner and more equitable city for this generation and generations to come.”

Awards will be presented for the following categories:

  • Outstanding Individual Advancing Sustainability
  • Outstanding Business Advancing Sustainability
  • Outstanding Institution Advancing Sustainability
  • Outstanding Nonprofit Advancing Sustainability
  • Knozone Clean Air Award

All nominations must be submitted online by March 1, 2019. Applicants must be able to demonstrate work was completed in Marion County between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Full details of the nomination process, including selection criteria are also available online.


Nominations will be judged based on the following criteria. Note - nominees are not required to fulfill all selection criteria to qualify for an award.


  • Did they achieve what they set out to do?
  • Have they demonstrated vision, foresight and persistence?
  • Did they overcome resistance or challenges along the way?


  • Did their work cause a marked change in someone or something?
  • Did their work inspire sustained change in practices or in others?


  • Is the concept of their work unique and creative?
  • Can this innovation be replicated to other projects?
  • Did their work involve new partnerships?


  • How profound was the impact of their work?
  • Can the success of their work be measured?
  • Has their work impacted social, economic and environmental conditions?


  • Did their work educate others in some way?
  • Has their work involved youth or underrepresented populations?
  • Integration of 3 Sustainability Pillars (Social, Environmental, Economic)
  • Did their work integrate all three aspects of sustainability?

Find more information on submitting your nominations here.

Editor's note: NUVO's publisher, Kevin McKinney, is a board member of the McKinney Family Foundation which funds the Indianapolis Sustainability Summit awards.