Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 SCA Sustainability Award

Now Accepting Applications for the 2018 SCA Sustainability Award

As part of its mission, the SCA is actively involved in sustainability and looks to its members to take leadership roles in sustainable practices within the specialty coffee sector. With this in mind, the Sustainability Award was created in 2004 to promote, encourage and honor the efforts of those serving as role models through sustainable projects in the coffee sector. Each year, the Sustainability Council reviews dozens of applications from around the globe.

There are two categories for this award, which will be presented in April 2018 at the Specialty Coffee Expo in Seattle, WA. Read on to learn more about the criteria for each of these awards.

Sustainability Award for Project

This award celebrates innovative projects to expand and promote sustainability within the coffee world. In addition to recognizing the hard work of the individuals, businesses and organizations who created and implemented the project, the award aims to inspire others to initiate similar endeavors. Products, companies, business models or ideas do not qualify for the award. This annual award is open to SCA members and non-members who are involved in the coffee industry. Applications must be submitted on behalf of a project implemented for a minimum of 3 years. Individuals, organizations, businesses, farms and cooperatives may submit applications for multiple projects or programs.

More Information about the Project Category

Sustainability Award for Business Model 

In addition to recognizing the hard work of the individuals, businesses and organizations who created and implemented the business model, the award aims to inspire others to initiate similar endeavors. Products, projects, or ideas do not qualify for the award. This annual award is open to SCA members and non-members who are involved in the coffee industry. Applications must be submitted by, or on behalf of, a business model implemented for a minimum of 3 years. Individuals, organizations, businesses, farms, and cooperatives may submit applications for multiple business models.

More Information about the Business Model Category 

The deadline to submit the application is December 31, 2017. Award recipients will be notified by February 2, 2018.

The Sustainability Committee of the SCA Sustainability Center will review all applications that meet the requirements listed in the form below. The committee considers a wide range of applicants, reflecting the depth and breadth of sustainable work being done in all areas across the specialty coffee industry.

If you have any questions on how to complete your application, please contact sustainability@sca.coffee.

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