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Susty Opportunities: St. Andrews Prize For The Environment

The prize is an international initiative by the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and the Independent Exploration and Production Company, ConocoPhillips. It recognizes significant contributions to environmental issues and concerns. Applications are invited from individuals, multi-disciplinary teams or community groups.

The winning environmental project receives funding of $100,000 USD and each of the two runners-up receive $25,000 USD.

For an application to be eligible for the prize it must meet the following criteria:

  • Be related to sustainable development and be aligned with the UN Goals for Sustainable Development – explain the alignment.
  • Be related to community progress allied with smart and innovative development and use of the earth’s environmental resources from air, land and sea.
  • Be replicable from one geographic area to another and ideally be scalable in size.
  • Have a clearly defined need for funding that will make a step change to the applicant’s aims.
  • Have the ability to inspire others in the field.
  • Contribute to the global pursuit of sustainability in the short to long-term.

 An application is ineligible if it is:

  • Focused on a special interest group or is exclusive of particular groups in society.
  • A major infrastructure project e.g. construction of a building.
  • A regular/annual event that is not connected to a new initiative.
  • A project related to political activities, lobbying or religious groups.
  • A project that is designed purely for fundraising purposes.
  • A research project.

To find out what makes a good entry click here.

If the project meets ALL the entry criteria, click here to apply. All submissions must be completed by Friday, 29 September 2017.

Applications to the St Andrews Prize for the Environment must be written in clear grammatical English.

All required sections of the form must be completed and incomplete applications will not be accepted. Evidence of the success of the project, both in terms of innovation and tangible outcomes, must be provided.

Olabanji Jackson

Banji is an Environmental & Social Risk Analyst whose work involves reviewing the E&S implications of large scale projects and making a case for integrating sustainability in business models. He is passionate about micro-finance, financial literacy and growing social enterprises. In his spare time he loves to dabble in photography and creative non-fiction writing.