The judging panel for this year's IEMA Graduate Award has begun its quest for nominations of Graduate practitioners that have made cost savings, added value and achieved change in their current role.

Each year IEMA, in partnership with Land Securities, scours the environment profession to find the most inspiring early-career practitioners to recognise and reward their emerging environmental talent. Over the years our winners have come from a range of organisations and industries but one thing they all have in common is that they have demonstrated exceptional environmental dedication and ability, using their knowledge and talent to create sustainable solutions to their organisations’ unique challenges.

The time has now come for us to again cast our net into the profession to find this year's finalists and eventual Winner of the IEMA Graduate Award 2012. The judges are seeking detailed nominations from employers, managers, clients or customers of Graduates who have made a significant impact in their role.

Nominations should include evidence of their achievements and a thorough testimonial from the nominator explaining why they believe their chosen Graduate should be the recipient of the Award. The judges want to see nominations for Graduates that have gone above and beyond their job description to achieve something special for their organisation.

Following judging, the Winner of the Award will win receive:

  • a £1000 cash prize
  • a trophy
  • one year's free Graduate membership
  • free attendance to the Sustainability Leaders Awards (organised by Edie and Sustainable Business) on 5th December in London where the Award will be presented by IEMA's CEO Jan Chmiel

Two Runners Up will each be awarded £500, one year's free Graduate membership and free attendance to Awards Ceremony.

If you work with a Graduate environmentalist who has made a real difference to your organisation and you think they deserve some recognition for their achievements, then why not nominate them for the IEMA?Graduate Award 2012? Please note that Graduates cannot enter the Award themselves; all entries must come via nomination.

The Nominations period closes at 5pm on Friday 16th November so ensure your nominations are sent to graduateaward@iema.net by then to avoid missing out.