Nominations for 2018 SHIFT Awards Now Open

Nominations for The 2018 SHIFT Awards, which recognize individuals, initiatives and organizations that leverage outdoor recreation for conservation gains, are now open.

Nominations made be made by filling out this survey. Self-nominations are welcome.

The theme for The 2018 SHIFT Festival, which will take place October 16-18 in Jackson Hole, WY, is “Public Lands, Public Health.” The program will explore the health benefits of time outside—specifically, how outdoor recreation on our public lands creates a healthier citizenry, promotes stewardship and advances economic prosperity and quality of life in communities across America.

Accordingly, The 2018 SHIFT Awards will focus in particular on work that advances or promotes the health benefits of time outside.

Each year, SHIFT researches individuals, organizations and initiatives from around North America that leverage outdoor rec for conservation gains and evaluate their work using three criteria: Impact, Innovation and Replicability. (A complete list of work researched to date and criteria used in our evaluations may be found here.)

The work determined to be most impactful, innovative and replicable is considered for The SHIFT Awards. Representatives of official selections for the Awards are then invited to the annual SHIFT Festival, which is designed in part to showcase their work.

The survey is designed to capture information about relevant work and where it fits within the broader national effort to promote and advance the health benefits of time outside. It will also be used to identify nominees for the six categories of The 2018 SHIFT Awards:

  • Business Leadership
  • Non-Profit Leadership
  • Public Land-Management Innovation
  • Adventure Athlete
  • Youth Engagement
  • Technology

“Over the years, research for The SHIFT Awards has helped us showcase some of the most exciting work in the field,” said Christian Beckwith, SHIFT’s director. “We’re excited to use this year’s work to recognize efforts to advance and promote the health benefits of time outside.”


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