Keep America Beautiful


Award Criteria

The Vision for America Award is Keep America Beautiful’s most prestigious award for corporate achievement.

The award has been presented annually, since 1986, to companies whose corporate commitment has significantly enhanced civic, environmental and social stewardship throughout the United States. In addition to paying tribute to the honoree, it is a fundraising event for Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s premiere community improvement organization.

Keep America Beautiful recognizes companies who are undertaking significant initiatives in terms of social and environmental stewardship. KAB has a Board of Directors Selection Committee which meets regularly to review potential nominees.

Corporations are invited to self-nominate for the Vision for America Award. Companies are judged using four metrics: Environmental Stewardship, Responsible Operations, Corporate Philanthropy, and Memberships and Recognition. Applications should list activities undertaken by the corporation in each of the four areas.

Some examples in each category are listed below:


Environmental Stewardship

  • Design products for energy efficiency
  • Product life cycle design and development
  • Public education of environmental issues
  • EHS report

Responsible Operations

  • ISO 14001 Certifications
  • Green building design - LEED Certification
  • Waste management reduction of waste streams through intelligent material use and recycling
  • Clear objectives for future improvement
  • Reduction of carbon footprint energy efficiencies and purchase of renewable energy
  • Sustainable procurement policy
  • Working with suppliers to minimize environmental impact.
  • Water reduction and quality programs

Corporate Philanthropy

  • Charitable donations to address issues of global or national significance
  • Innovative programs
  • Matching Grant programs
  • Incentive for volunteerism (time off, donations tied to volunteer hours)

Membership and Recognition

  • CR's 100 Best Corporate Citizens
  • U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (Green Power Awards, Green Power Partner, Climate Leader Partner, Best Workplace for Commuters)
  • Bloomberg Businessweek - The Civic 50
  • Newsweek's Green List

Send Vision for America Award Submissions to:

Susanne M. Woods

Director, Vision for America Award
Keep America Beautiful
1010 Washington Blvd.

Stamford, CT 06901
Tel: 203.659.3018
Fax: 203.659.3019

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View the list of past Vision for America Award recipients.