A spark for rising stars

Individuals can make a difference, but it takes more than talent and hard work. It also takes the support of others. This annual award provides that support by uncovering promising young innovators and boosting their careers as champions for the environment.

The 2017 candidates

Our candidates include entrepreneurs, scientists, artists, business and environmental leaders from around the world. Having already demonstrated talent, they stand poised to address global concerns.

meet the candidates

Dan Hammer, 2017 Winner

Inaugural Pritzker Award goes to environmental economist making satellite data more accessible

meet the winner

“The Emerging Environmental Genius Award is an early investment in our future, giving today’s top young minds the community and financial support that will take their ideas to the next level.”

Tony Pritzker

Managing Partner, The Pritzker Group


Judges & Nominators

International players from a broad range of fields nominate and evaluate the candidates in a process that is transparent from start to finish.

Latest News

Announcing the 2017 Pritzker Award finalists

Kareiva made the statement in announcing six finalists for the inaugural Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award, launched in July with financial support from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation. On November 8, one of the them will get $100,000 to take their work further. There were originally supposed to be five finalists, but a...