2019 Award

2019 SIGGreen Award for the Best Journal Paper on Green IS


  1. Background

The award was established in 2017 by the AIS SIGGreen board to recognize one outstanding journal paper on topics related to the role of information systems to matters regarding environmental sustainability.


  1. Selection

Annually, a selection committee selects one paper to receive the award. The paper is to be selected from peer-reviewed published journal articles in the just-completed calendar year.


The Award Selection Committee is composed of one SIGGreen member per AIS region. Committee members are invited by the SIGGreen board. The Award Selection Committee members for 2020 are Vanessa Cooper, Thorsten Staake, and Pratyush Bharati. The award will be given in 2020 for the best journal paper from 2019.


  1. Criteria
    1. Topical fit: The paper must relate to Green IS, that is, understanding how we can use information systems to transform organizations and society into more sustainable entities (Watson, Boudreau, & Chen, 2010), with sustainability essentially referring to the conservation, deployment, and reuse of resources in responsible ways” (Malhotra, Melville, & Watson, 2013, p. 1265).
    2. Publication in a scientific journal: The paper must be published in the calendar year 2019 in an academic journal. There are no restrictions placed on discipline, ranking or other characteristics of the journal aside from the paper undergoing rigorous peer-review.
    3. Demonstrated potential impact on sustainability practice: The paper must clearly demonstrate solution potential, i.e., contain clear implications for how IS solutions could contribute to dealing with climate change and related environmental challenges (including an IS artefact or IS knowledge more generally).
    4. Methodological rigor: The paper’s findings must build on sound and robust research practices.
    5. Thought inspiring ideas: The paper should “linger on” in the memory of those that read it and should not be easy to forget.


  1. Nomination

Nominations for the award can be made via email to vanessa.cooper@rmit.edu.au and emails must include:


  • Name of nominee; complete reference to nominated paper; brief rationale including how the article fulfills the criteria (up to 300 words).


  1. Timeline


  • September 30th: Nominations due via email to Award Selection Committee
  • December: Award Announcement at ICIS.



Malhotra, A., Melville, N. P., and Watson, R. T. 2013. “Spurring Impactful Research on Information Systems for Environmental Sustainability,” MIS Quarterly (37:4), pp. 1265–1274.


Watson, R., Boudreau, M. C., and Chen, A. 2010. “Information Systems and Environmentally Sustainable Development: Energy Informatics and New Directions for the IS Community,” MIS Quarterly (34:1), pp. 23–38.