Winner of competition will be awarded a full-ride scholarship to a Presidio Graduate School degree program for the best “Big Idea” in sustainability 

Community leaders, businesses, and organizations encouraged to nominate outstanding colleagues for the competition 

Today, Presidio Graduate School announced its first annual “Big Idea” prize in celebration of the school’s first 10 years. The winner of the competition will be awarded a full-ride scholarship to a Presidio Graduate School degree program for the best “Big Idea” in sustainability. Presidio Graduate School offers three degree programs— MBA, MPA, and a Dual MBA/MPA, all in sustainable management.

“Presidio Graduate School started as a big idea 10 years ago,” said William Shutkin, President and CEO, Presidio Graduate School. “Now, we’re celebrating the past decade of Presidio graduates turning big ideas into big impact. That’s why we’ve launched the Presidio Graduate School ‘Big Idea’ prize. If you or someone you know has a big sustainability idea ready for prime time, then we want to invest in you. The bolder the better. It can be a business model, a government initiative, or even some other category that we haven’t thought of yet. Show us how you will make a more just, prosperous and sustainable world. ”

In addition to a full-ride scholarship, the Big Idea prize winner will receive one of PGS’ two Echoing Green Fellowship nominations, allowing the winner to bypass the first round of the Echoing Green competition and enter as a semi-finalist in the world’s premier social entrepreneurship fellowship program. Echoing Green provides more than $2 million in seed support each year to world-class leaders working to bring about positive social change. From thousands of applicants, about one percent are ultimately selected to receive up to $90,000 over two years to support the launch of their organizations.

Community leaders, businesses, and organizations are invited to participate in the process by nominating people to apply for the prize. To nominate someone for the “Big Idea” prize, visit for more information.
The competition will be judged by a panel of PGS’s faculty and alumni.

The judges will evaluate the submissions based on clarity of the Big Idea; personal passion, courage, and leadership skills of the applicant to make the Big Idea a reality; scale and specificity of the potential economic, environmental, and/or social impact; as well as feasibility, sustainability, and the originality of the proposed Big Idea. Special consideration will be given to entrants with ideas related to Presidio’s focus areas, including:

  • Cleantech and Renewable Energy
  • Impact Investing
  • Sustainable Food and Agriculture
  • Sustainable Leadership
  • Sustainable Urban Development

Entrants must be an applicant to one of Presidio’s degree programs or a current student. Applications to Presidio Graduate School can be submitted concurrently with the submission to the competition. Submissions are due by 5PM Pacific Time, December 1st, 2013, and an award will be made by December 15th, 2013. The winner of this year’s competition will enroll in the spring 2014 semester at Presidio Graduate School. For full details on eligibility and the application process, visit

About Presidio Graduate School

Ranked the world’s #1 sustainability graduate program in 2013, Presidio Graduate School was founded in San Francisco in 2003. With almost 700 business and public administration alumni at the forefront of the field, Presidio is a global hub for sustainability innovation and impact, helping forge a new sector at the intersection of for-profit and for-benefit. For more information, visit


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