gb&d is thrilled to announce the call for nominations for the third annual Women in Sustainability Leadership Awards. The awards honor and connect the most powerful women at the forefront of sustainably and celebrate the achievements of those who are creating lasting change.

“The ultimate goal of the awards is to create a global central hub that identifies and advances top-level female sustainability executives who can then, in turn, support younger women with dreams of reaching such levels of success,” says Chris Howe, publisher & CEO of gb&d. “We hope WSLA can be a network for women who are creating lasting change to support each other and mentor those who are just starting their career,” adds Laura Heidenreich, the magazine’s president and associate publisher.

We are looking for women in current leadership positions who demonstrate the highest level of integrity and dedication to sustainability leadership. Entries can be self-nominated or submitted by a third-party. Winners will be chosen by a prestigious jury of industry professionals and will be honored at a dinner and awards ceremony during the Greenbuild Conference & Expo in Los Angeles in October.

2016 WSLA Judging Criteria:

-Effectively demonstrates a dedication to working in sustainability with proven results that relate to a specific product, service, or strategy that has significant positive benefits to the planet
-Has helped shape her organization through lasting change that is beneficial to the staff, board, organization, community, environment, etc.
-Values mentorship and has helped guide other female leaders
-Has demonstrated bravery/courage in the workplace

This year’s panel of judges includes:

-Chris Howe, CEO & Publisher, Green Building & Design
-Laura Heidenreich, President & Associate Publisher, Green Building & Design
-Amanda Sturgeon, CEO, International Living Future Institute
-Rochelle Routman, VP of Sustainability, Mohawk Industries
-Angela Foster-Rice, Managing Director – Environmental Affairs & Sustainability, United Airlines
-Leith Sharp, Director – Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership, Harvard Center for Health and the Global Environment
-Kimberly Lewis, Senior VP of Community Advancement and Conferences/Events, USGBC

Important dates:

-Deadline for nominations: July 10, 2016
-Judging: Early July
-Greenbuild/Award ceremony: October 5-7, 2016

Please visit for more information about the awards, past winners, and how to submit an application or nomination.

Questions? Contact Christina Wiedbusch at