Certificate for Innovative Partnership Award
The 2018 Climate Leadership Awards application period opened on June 29 and will close on October 16, 2017.
The certificate for innovative partnership recognizes organizations working collaboratively on leading edge climate initiatives that are above and beyond business as usual. Partnerships that are candidates for recognition should be comprised primarily of stakeholder institutions from government, academia and/or the private sector that have collectively established objectives to measurably address greenhouse gas reduction goals and/or adaptation and resilience activities.
Recognition will be open to partnerships comprised of two or more primary stakeholders from government entities, academic institutions and/or the private sector. While this award category has been established to highlight public/private and public/public partnerships, partnerships exclusively comprised of private sector stakeholders may be considered if the nature of the activity is deemed to be outside the normal scope of business and is sufficient in magnitude of GHG emissions reduction and/or adaptation implementation to merit recognition.
- The partnership must be:
- Currently active;
- Based upon or supported by a legal agreement/arrangement that addresses governance, roles, funding, etc.; and,
- Publicly described as being driven and/or motivated by an imperative to take climate action.
- Conducted an assessment of all attributes related to the primary objectives of the partnership (e.g., vulnerability assessment, GHG inventory, energy consumption) in order to establish a baseline;
- Achieved significant, verifiable results in reducing emissions and/or implementing adaptation and resilience to protect a specific population; and
- Significant leadership activities and partnership accomplishments must have taken place between January 1, 2015, and October 16, 2017.
- Partnerships undertaking an action that falls within the normal scope of business activity/mission of any organization are not eligible.
- Arrangements between organizations that are based on procurement of services are not eligible (e.g., a government entity contracting an engineering consultant to do adaptation planning work).
- Magnitude of publicly established goals.
- Delivery and disclosure of measurable and verifiable results or actions against publicly established goals for GHG reductions, reduced vulnerability to climate change impacts, etc.
- Demonstration of innovation, thought leadership and public benefit.
- Incorporation of measures to ensure sustainability of the program over time.
- Ability to be replicated by others, including commitment of partners to sharing lessons learned.
- Efforts to conduct public engagement, stakeholder outreach.
- Nature of governance, budget, and management of the partnership.
- Quality of education and training of internal and external stakeholders.
- Multiple municipalities partnering together to conduct regional planning and implementation activities (these partnerships can also include non-governmental entities as stakeholders);
- Government entities and/or academic institutions that partner with entities outside of their sector on a particular project; and
- Joint ventures between multiple institutions across sectors where the initiative is above and beyond the normal course of business operations for each of the primary stakeholders.