Nominations are now CLOSED for the 2024 AWE Member-Nominated Awards!

ach year, we honor the exceptional achievements and contributions of both organizations and individual water conservation practitioners for their impact on our field. Peer recognition plays a crucial role in highlighting the remarkable efforts within our community. We invite you to help us celebrate these deserving individuals and organizations by submitting an award nomination (or two!) today.

Award winners will be announced and honored at the Water Efficiency and Conservation Symposium in Chicago, Illinois, from August 6th to 8th, 2024. These prestigious, peer-nominated awards will be presented alongside our Volunteer Appreciation and Member of the Year Awards, carefully selected by the AWE Board of Directors, staff, and advisors. If you have any questions regarding the nomination process or the Symposium, please don't hesitate to contact our staff.

Since 2009, the Alliance for Water Efficiency has recognized the outstanding achievement of water conservation professionals through our Water Star Award. In 2021, we began annually recognizing outstanding organizational members through a Member of the Year Award. Last year, several new awards were added, and we created a section of member-nominated awards!

Nomination Timeline & Process

Nominations are now closed.

To submit a nomination, please complete the form linked below each award. You are welcome to submit nominations for multiple nominees and for multiple awards. Please note nomination forms include questions about the nominator and the nominee, as well as a brief explanation as to why you believe the nominee deserves this recognition.

Organizational Awards

These awards celebrate the outstanding work of our member organizations. Organizations include, but are not limited to, businesses, nonprofits, water utility providers, member associations, governmental agencies, etc.    

  • Innovation Award: recognizes technological advances, research breakthroughs, and innovative practices of a current member organization that champions the adoption, implementation, or public acceptance of water efficiency and sustainability. Nominate an organization for the AWE Innovation Award. 

  • Excellence in Equity Award: recognizes members' significant success in advancing equity through their work with diverse populations. This may include practices or programs geared towards serving BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) communities, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ persons, veterans, low-to-moderate-income households, etc. Nominate an organization for the AWE Excellence in Equity Award. 

Individual Awards

These awards celebrate the outstanding work of individual water efficiency, conservation, and sustainability practitioners.   

  • Water Star Award: recognizes individual excellence in water efficiency. This award celebrates a water conservation practitioner making a difference through their dedication and passion. This individual is someone whose contributions and achievements have made a significant impact in the water efficiency, conservation, and sustainability field. Nominate an individual for the AWE Water Star Award.

  • Up and Comer Award: recognizes an individual employee of a current AWE organizational member with less than five years in the water efficiency, conservation, and sustainability field for their leadership and commitment to pursuing water efficiency as a career path. Nominate an individual for the AWE Up and Comer Award.