Nominations for the 2020 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship

Nominations for the 2020 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship

The 2020 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship honors those who address the root causes of environmental injustice in the United States, with a strong focus on racial justice in the face of oil, gas, and petrochemical activity. The award recognizes the leadership of those standing up for their communities to protect the places they love. 

For too long, the oil and gas industry has wreaked havoc on our landscapes and farms with millions of miles of dangerous pipelines, invaded neighborhoods with fracked wells, choked towns with noxious petrochemical emissions, littered streams littered with throwaway plastics, and accelerated the climate crises. But hope abounds in the thousands of volunteers working in their communities and cherished places to document, report, and confront such fossil fuel harms.

To honor these environmental heroes, FracTracker Alliance created the annual Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship, now in its sixth year, to celebrate individuals whose noble actions exemplify the transformative power of caring, committed, and engaged people. In collaboration with a supportive lineup of sponsors and partners, the award is presented to multiple recipients at a festive reception before a group of fellow activists and others who champion a healthy, sustainable future. Each awardee will also receive $1,000 in recognition of their efforts.

Additionally, each year during the Community Sentinel Award ceremony, we take a moment to honor environmental heroes who passed away in the previous year with the Legacy of Heroes recognition.

The nomination form can be found at the bottom of this page.

Save the Date!

The 2020 Community Sentinel Award ceremony will be held virtually on the evening of ​Thursday, December 10th.​ We welcome friends in the environmental justice movement from across the country to tune in to this special occasion.

Criteria for the 2020 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship

Criteria for the 2020 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship

We are collectively confronting four simultaneous crises: systemic racism, the COVID-19 pandemic, a major economic downturn, and the climate crisis. Many frontline communities across the country were already well aware of the interconnectedness of these issues, as they experience the worst of their consequences on a daily basis. 

Economic injustice leads to chronic poverty in Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities, as well as in rural communities such as those in Appalachia and beyond. Predatory oil, gas, and petrochemical industries take advantage of these communities, creating health issues like air pollution that make people more susceptible to respiratory viruses like the coronavirus. And to make matters more unjust, the most damaging impacts of climate change — a global crisis caused by the carbon-based economy —  are often seen in already-vulnerable communities. 

The environmental justice movement continues to adapt and evolve in order to address the complexities of these tightly interwoven issues. Addressing the harms brought upon our communities, environments, and climate by the oil, gas, and petrochemical industries cannot be done in a vacuum —  this work also necessitates dismantling structural racism and systems of socioeconomic oppression.

We stand in unwavering solidarity with the Sentinels and frontline communities confronting the fossil fuel industry, structural racism, police violence, and environmental injustice, as well as with all workers who are providing essential services during the pandemic and beyond. Thank you for your interest in joining us in recognizing their work.



The criteria for the 2020 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship are as follows. The nominee should:

  • work to reduce the harms associated with oil, gas, and petrochemical development;
  • work within a framework of environmental justice* and anti-racism;
  • address the root cause of environmental injustice, not only the symptoms; 
  • and be based in the United States, and work primarily on US-based issues.

Extra consideration will be given to individuals who live and work in frontline communities, and members of the Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities, all of whom are heavily impacted by structural racism.  

The nomination period ends on Friday, October 23, 2020.

*Environmental Justice (EJ) is the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.

2020 Community Sentinel Award for Environmental Stewardship Nomination Form

Legacy of Heroes

The Legacy of Heroes presentation recognizes activists who have passed. Has the nominee passed away in the last year? *
*If applicable, please be sure you have the family’s permission to nominate a lost environmental steward before filling out the form.

Nominee Information

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Nomination Qualifications

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In what area(s) do they focus their action? *

Is this nominee under the age of 21? *
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