World Citizen Prizes in Environmental Performance
About the Award
Beginning with our 2019 conference in Denver, APPAM awards the World Citizen Prizes in Environmental Performance at the Annual Fall Research Conference. Granted by David and Joy K. Peyton, the award recognizes research that assesses pathways to achieve measurable but as-yet unrealized gains in overall environmental performance, in particular to reduce consumption and waste. The research may be based on the United States or any other country or countries.
APPAM is proud to announce the recipients of the inaugural World Citizen Prizes in Environmental Performance, Dr. Nathan Hultman, University of Maryland School of Public Policy, and Dr. Gregory Nemet, University of Wisconsin–Madison La Follette School of Public Affairs.
Professor Hultman, as research director for the America’s Pledge Initiative on Climate Change, and lead author for the 2018 report and forthcoming 2019 report, has helped shape a collaborative research program that combines robust analysis of climate policy options with stakeholder engagement and communications. With contributions from a research team of 55 co-authors across seven institutions, Fulfilling America’s Pledge includes both new analytical and modeling approaches as well as a broad engagement strategy, drawing from work with diverse stakeholders across sectors and governance levels to identify and assess the impact of options with near-term potential for policy action.
Professor Nemet’s work for his book came as part of his Andrew Carnegie Fellowship in 2017, which he used to study solar energy’s widespread adoption. For it he drew on new data analyses and conducted interviews with 75 people across 18 countries, and discovered that central to solar energy’s success have been the flows of knowledge from one country to another. This is often embodied in equipment and as tacit knowledge in the heads of internationally mobile individuals.
Award recipients are selected by a diverse review committee based on nominations submitted to the APPAM office. Nominations should be made via email to Samantha Oliver Thomason at email@example.com. They should include the researcher's CV, a letter detailing why the researcher is applying for the award, and a recommendation letter from someone familiar with the research by August 30. Recipients must meet the following requirements:
- The work should recognize research that assesses pathways to achieve measurable but as-yet unrealized gains in overall environmental performance, in particular to reduce consumption, waste, and global warming.
- The work may be published research, a Master thesis, or a Ph.D. dissertation as long as it was created within the last two calendar years of the award calendar year. For instance, the November 2020 award will accept work from as early as 2018.
Up to two World Citizen Prizes in Environmental Performance can be granted each year. The annual award winner(s) will each receive the following at the APPAM Annual Fall Research Conference:
- A $2,500 prize in the form of a check made out to the winner.
- Up to $500 in travel funds supporting attendance at the APPAM Annual Fall Research Conference.
- A plaque with the award title, description, their name, and the year.
- Recognition at an awards event at the conference.