Sustainable Leadership Awards
The Sustainable Leadership Award has two categories:
These awards are designed to recognize individuals or teams within businesses that deliver both short-term and long-term solutions that provide documented social, environmental, and economic value. Sustainability reflects both a mindset and a value set. These awards recognize leaders that mentor and facilitate the engagement, discovery, and implementation of practices that deliver environmental, social, and economic lessons and results. These individuals freely share their passion, wisdom and dedication to their work and are seen as a leader in their circles of influence.
The Sustainable Leadership awards honor individuals who pursue and deliver business practices that serve all stakeholders, from shareholders to employees and from customers to community members. These individuals show an outstanding commitment to sustainable business practices and are models for others.
The Executive Leader Award will be given to an individual who:
Serves as a visionary leader with a broad lens, taking a strong stance on moving an organization and culture towards sustainability
Empowers sustainable decision-making throughout the organization and exemplifies social and/or environmental impact for customers and communities
Has a succinct message on sustainability and champions their teams, recognizing and celebrating successes
Understands the importance and acts on educating stakeholder groups about sustainability
Goes above and beyond on a consistent basis and gives back to their community in impactful ways
Champions the organization to align with local and/or global movements. For example, the Sustainable Development Goals, Green Masters' Program, B Corporation, We’re Still In, etc.
Connects to sustainability on a personal level
The Sustainability Champion award will go to an individual who:
Creates systems that integrate sustainability, for example, develops metrics, policies, or processes
Works to generate buy-in, and align sustainability with corporate culture
Engages stakeholders on sustainability through multiple channels, recognizing and celebrating successes
Creates opportunities for leadership and/or innovation in others or departments
Makes sustainability personal and perhaps contributes to their community in a meaningful way
Goes above and beyond, whether sustainability is their job title or not
A sustainability leader can be anyone that embraces the possibilities of change and integrates principles of sustainability into day-to-day business operations. The Sustainability Champion Award recognizes the vision and commitment of individuals that often go unrecognized.
Applications should include identification, and, if possible, quantification of direct and indirect impacts of the individual.
Scott Louks, Sustainability Manager
Mercury Marine, Fond du Lac
As Mercury Marine's sustainability manager for the last 7 + years, Scott coordinates global sustainability efforts to advance strategy, operations, and culture. In this role, Scott has developed and implemented their roadmap, defining sustainability growth areas. He leads the company’s sustainability committee and reviews and recommends actions on improvement related to their four pillars of energy, environment, product, and people. He takes a wide lens of stewardship and has excelled as an inspirational leader and consensus builder. He has successfully driven
projects to meet goals, uses data and sound rationale to win over senior management, and defines the investment benefits. Scott goes above and beyond both in his personal and professional lives.
Legacy Solar Co-op
Kurt Reinhold, the founder of the Legacy Solar Co-op, challenges conventional business practices and demonstrates cutting-edge environmental leadership through his innovative tax financing mechanism that has facilitated almost 40 solar projects for the Wisconsin community. Reinhold has also created a ‘solar bond’/ revolving loan program, specifically unique to Wisconsin, and has lent out more than $1M in the first 5 years from the start of the co-ops. Reinhold’s enthusiasm for clean, renewable energy is infectious, and he passionately shares his work, vision, and knowledge with others to integrate sustainability into our day-to-day lives.
For more than 20 years, Jyoti Stephens has been a key leader in sustainability at Nature’s Path. As VP Mission & Strategy, Stephens developed the Nature’s Path sustainability strategies: organic, carbon-neutral, zero-waste, preserve water, giveback, and educate, inspire, and engage. Stephens has led the team that achieved the corporate designation of the first zero-waste certified company with multinational sites, diverting over 90% of corporate waste from landfills. It is clear that Stephens shows outstanding commitment to sustainable business practices and acts as a model for others to learn from.