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One-month countdown to close of Zayed Sustainability Prize 2020 submissions

28 Apr 2019

With exactly one month to go until the 30th May submissions deadline, the Zayed Sustainability Prize has today issued a final call to small-to-medium sized enterprises, non-profit organisations and high schools, around the world, to submit their entries for the 2020 edition of the UAE’s pioneering sustainability award.

Now in its 12th annual award cycle and, since 2018, expanded in scope to include additional sustainability categories, alongside energy, the US$3 million annual Prize rewards organisations and high schools that demonstrate sustainable solutions across three core criteria: impact, innovation, and inspiration.

Small-to-medium sized enterprises and non-profit organisations must enter an existing sustainability solution with demonstrable impact in one of the Health, Food, Energy, or Water categories. The Global High Schools category invites student-led projects or proposals, based on one or more of those four sustainability themes, and provides funding to help develop or enhance their school or local community project.

Commenting on this year’s submissions process, Dr. Lamya Fawwaz, Director of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, said:

“Since its establishment in 2008, the Prize has recognised 76 winners whose many achievements have had outstanding, direct and indirect, impact on 318 million lives. With last year’s evolution of the Prize categories to recognise more than just energy, the level of interest in the Health, Food, and Water categories has been extremely positive.

“With one month to go before the close of submissions, we are confident the 2020 awards will be one of the most competitive in the Prize’s history. We encourage interested organisations and high schools to submit their proposal and become part of an international community committed to building a global sustainability legacy.”

The US$3 million prize fund is divided equally between the winners of the five categories, with each allocated US$600,000. In the Global High Schools category, the award recognises six winners, from six world regions, with each winning school eligible to claim up to US$100,000 in funding.

About the Zayed Sustainability Prize
Established by the UAE leadership in 2008 as the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the Zayed Sustainability Prize is a global award inspired by the sustainability and humanitarian legacy of the UAE’s founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Culminating in an annual awards ceremony, held each year during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the Zayed Sustainability Prize invites innovators from around the world to be part of a growing pioneering community, committed to developing impactful sustainability initiatives and accelerating the development of solutions that serve people across the world – for today and for the future generations to come. The Zayed Sustainability Prize categories are Health, Food, Energy, Water and Global High Schools. For more information, please visit or visit our social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.

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