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 2020 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

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.

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“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


2020 Pritzker finalists: Clara Lee-Pratte, Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, Leah Penniman

In a tumultuous and uncertain year, the creative efforts of three young environmental leaders offer a breath of fresh air.

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