The German Environmental Award honors commitment and achievements that contribute decisively and in an exemplary manner to the protection and preservation of our environment, now and in the future. Nominees are subject to review criteria based on the DBU’s funding criteria. The following criteria characterize the guiding idea of the award:
The award, which is endowed with 500,000 euros, is aimed at individuals whose innovative products and technical process improvements, successful research results or life achievements are in the spirit of sustainable environmental protection.
The prize is awarded annually and can be divided between several prize winners.
Candidates for the German Environmental Award are proposed to the Environmental Foundation by the institutions and persons entitled to propose them to the DBU. Those entitled to make nominations are responsible persons from employers’ and industry associations, research institutions and scientific bodies, trade unions and municipal umbrella organizations, faith communities, environmental protection associations and the media. Individuals who have been awarded the German Environmental Award and members of the Board of Trustees may also submit nominations for the German Environmental Award.