Excellence Awards

NAEM Excellence Awards Program Overview

NAEM Excellence Awards exist to recognize and elevate leaders in the corporate EHS&S community as well as showcase best practices of EHS&S management in corporations. NAEM Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an EHS&S leader whose vision and commitment has positively shaped the fields of environment, health & safety, and/or sustainability within a corporate management role. NAEM NexGen Leaders Awards recognize rising EHS&S managers who possess the talent and skills required for the next generation of EHS&S industry leadership.

2018 nominations are now closed. 2019 awards and forms will be added to the website in January 2019. If you're interested in nominating someone or applying for an award, please email awards@naem.org.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award

Congratulations to the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner:

Wayne Balta


Learn more about Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, IBM here.

Nomination Criteria
  • 20+ years of exceptional EHS&S performance, currently serving as an in-house EHS&S leader.
  • Distinguished service and leadership within the EHS&S profession.
  • Demonstrated impact on organizational performance.
  • Proven leadership effectiveness in the development of EHS&S professionals.
  • Commitment to industry advancements and lifelong learning.

2018 NexGen Leader Awards

Congratulations to the 2018 NexGen Leader Award Winners:

Budd Batchelder, Lesley Clarke, Janet Evans, Drena Howard, Max Rutz, and Rachel Warman


Learn more about the NexGen Leader award winners here.

Nomination Criteria
  • High-potential corporate professional with a minimum of 5 years of experience in the fields of environment, health & safety and/or sustainability.
  • Influence as an emerging EHS&S leader within his/her organization.
  • Demonstrated results within area of responsibility.
  • Proven decision-making and/or problem solving ability.
  • Dedication to professional development.
  • Commitment to the EHS&S industry.
Thanks to supporting sponsor AECOM.

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