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.

The IEMA Graduate Award (sponsored by Land Securities and supported by edie.net and Sustainable Business) aims to find the most outstanding environmental graduate who is now achieving unrivalled success in their first environmental role, and celebrate their accomplishments.

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. Click here to find out how winning the 2012 Award boosted Lorna Pilbin's CV, gave her some nationwide profile and led to a promotion.

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 2013. 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, a shortlist of three nominees will be invited to the prestigous Sustainability Leaders Awards (organised by edie.net and Sustainable Business) ceremony on Thursday 21st November in London. One will be named as winner and two will be revealed as runners up. The shortlist will enjoy a three course dinner in the company of IEMA's CEO Tim Balcon and Neil Pennell, Head of Sustainability and Engineering at our Sponsor organisation Land Securities.

As well as free entry to the awards ceremony, the Winner of the IEMA Graduate Award 2013 will receive:

  • a £1000 cash prize
  • a trophy
  • free attendance to the Edie Sustainability Leaders Awards*
  • One year’s free IEMA Graduate membership.

The two runners up will receive one year’s free IEMA Graduate membership.

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 2013? Please note that Graduates cannot enter the Award themselves; all entries must come via nomination.

The Nominations period closes at 5pm on Monday 30th September so ensure your nominations are sent to graduateaward@iema.net by then to avoid missing out.