St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2021 now open for entries

The University of St Andrews today (St Andrews Day, 30 November 2020) announces the call for entries for the St Andrews Prize for the Environment 2021, a major international initiative that recognises and supports innovative and inspirational responses to environmental challenges, including the climate crisis.

Now in its 23rd year, the St Andrews Prize was established by the University to reward and promote the most significant global contributions to environmental conservation and sustainable development.

Since 1998, the Prize has awarded more than $2 million in prize money across the world to individuals and organisations whose imaginative solutions are protecting the environment and encouraging a more sustainable society.

Applications are now invited from individuals, multi-disciplinary teams or community groups for the 2021 Prize, which is worth $100,000 for the winner and $25,000 for each of two runners up.

Since its inception, the Prize has attracted almost 6000 entries from across the world. It has provided crucial support to a diverse range of projects which have reduced human-animal conflict, promoted environmental justice, developed new solutions to reduce and eliminate waste, and championed urban regeneration.

Anyone wishing to enter the 2021 Prize should complete the online entry form on the St Andrews Prize for the Environment website. The closing date for entries is Friday 26 February 2021.

The chosen finalists will be invited to attend the St Andrews Prize for the Environment seminar, which will take place at the University of St Andrews, Scotland, from 3 to 6 October 2021. Finalists must attend the seminar to present in person.

The submissions for the Prize will be assessed by a panel of experienced Trustees from science, industry and government.

Dr Hayaatun Sillem, Chair of the St Andrews Prize for the Environment Trustees, said: “The St Andrews Prize provides a unique opportunity to recognise people who are driving innovative and impactful responses to our global environmental emergency. In this most challenging of years, I’m looking forward to being inspired by projects and ideas that showcase creativity and leadership in global sustainability.”

St Andrews Principal Professor Sally Mapstone said: “For over two decades this Prize has been a beacon for individuals and communities tackling environmental challenges in every corner of the world.

“For an institution which places sustainability and social responsibility at the heart of its mission, the Prize is a wonderful opportunity to bring together the strengths and interests of our University with the people leading imaginative environmental change in their communities and countries.

“Those who compete for this Prize have consistently inspired us, and it has never been more important for us to play our part in supporting creative solutions to the greatest challenge of our age.”

Full details about the Prize, the entry process and the eligibility criteria are available on the website or by emailing the St Andrews Prize for the  Environment office at [email protected].