The Environmental Media Association (EMA) will honor actress and activist Shailene Woodley this year. The popular young actor will be given the Female EMA Futures Award during the 26th Annual EMA Awards event on Saturday, Oct. 22. The event will take place at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank, California.

“Shailene is the real deal.  As an influencer and activist, she has used her celebrity status to motivate and activate her fans and supporters to take action in their own lives,” said Debbie Levin, CEO of EMA. “A strong proponent of climate change and individual responsibility, we couldn’t be more proud to honor and share this young woman’s authentic commitment and “boots on the ground” rallying for social and environmental justice issues. With her voice that echoes and carries an empowering message, she encourages us all to engage ourselves in causes that matter most. She is clearly one of our most powerful future leaders in the environmental community.”

Woodley has had major success as an actress both on television and in film starting with her featured role on Secret Life of the American Teenager. In 2012 Woodley received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her supporting role in The Descendants. Woodley went on to work on films such as The Spectacular Now, The Fault in Our Stars and The Divergent Series and currently co-stars in the film Snowden. She just wrapped the HBO mini-series Big Little Lies which will premiere early next year. Woodley, who has demonstrated her strong opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and has actively protested in person on social media, has used her status and platform to influence, educate and motivate young individuals to stand up and have their voice be heard. Woodley has become the voice of her generation and a fighter for the environment.

“Our lives afford us the opportunity to come together and get involved in a peaceful and unifying manner,” said Woodley. “We must show up to see change come to fruition. We must stand in solidarity and acknowledge our responsibility for not only those alive now, but for all generations to come. Protecting our Earth and its creatures is protecting humanity and its children. This EMA Futures Award shows me that there are millions of us who have been and ARE ready to stand up in the face of adversity and honor the home that has offered us the lives we know.  Without nature, there is no human.”

Along with news of Woodley’s Award, EMA also announced the list of this year’s film and television EMA Awards nominees.

Documentary Film

  • Catching The Sun (7th Empire Media, Inc)
  • Racing Extinction (Discovery)
  • How To Let Go of The World And Love all The Things Climate Can’t Change (HBO)

Children’s Television

  • Blaze & The Monster Machines (Nick)
  • Cyberchase “Bottled Up” (PBS)
  • The Loud House “The Green House” (Nick)


  • Keeping Up With The Kardashians “Iced Out” (E!/NBCUNI)
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live “Climate Change” (ABC)
  • Truth and Power “Activists or Terrorists” (Participant/PIVOT)
  • Nuclear Sharks (Discovery)


  • Jungle Book (Disney)
  • Consumed (Marvista Ent)
  • The Revenant (Fox)

TV Comedy

  • Life in Pieces “Will Trash Book Spa” (Fox/CBS)
  • Casual “The Lake” (Hulu/Lionsgate)

TV Drama

  • Wayward Pines “Choices” (Fox)
  • The Path “What the Fire Throws” (Hulu/NBCUNI)
  • The Blacklist “Eli Machete” (Sony/NBC)

Excellence in Advertising

  • Chipotle (CAA)
  • Angry Birds “International Day of Happiness” (Sony)
  • Stella Artois/ “Buy a lady a drink” (Mother)

This year’s EMA Awards will celebrate the 26th anniversary by looking towards the future, honoring exciting and innovative new voices in the environmental world and platforming some of EMA’s latest planet-positive programs.  The evening will spotlight excellence in film/TV/digital and beyond, and usher in EMA’s 2.0 mission of promoting environmental awareness through media and inspiring green innovation in technology and business.