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Deadline: 2020 Western PA Environmental Awards

February 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Dominion Energy and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council are proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards for excellence in advancing the environmental quality of Western Pennsylvania.

This regionally acclaimed awards program recognizes and honors outstanding achievements in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout Western Pennsylvania, and pays tribute to those who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment in their respective fields.

By sponsoring these awards, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion Energy hope to encourage the community to emulate the achievements of the successful nominees, thereby promoting innovative environmental efforts and enhancing the quality of life in Western Pennsylvania.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations may be made by the person or persons involved in the activity or by a third party. The Awards are open to any group, company, school, program, organization, or individual located and working in any of these 29 counties.

Successful nominations will demonstrate measurable results and/or impact of the activities. Nominations will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges and awards program staff.

Up to five winners may be chosen.
In addition, $5,000 will be donated in honor of each winner to qualified nonprofit organizations with environmental programs benefiting Western Pennsylvania; the nonprofit organizations will be designated by the winners.

Winners will be notified in March and publicly honored at the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 21, 2020.


Judging Criteria

Judges will look for qualities that indicate a genuine concern for the enhancement of the environment, including, but not limited to:

Relevance of Initiative
Did the program or individual respond to pressing needs or notably enhance conditions within the community or organization? Was this effort planned, from its inception, to improve environmental conditions significantly?

Approach to Solution
Was the solution appropriate and planned well? Were there any unique or innovative aspects of the nominee’s approach to addressing environmental needs?

Environmental Benefit
How did the work affect environmental quality? Are there increased community awareness, economic benefits, public policy implications, or technical contributions resulting from the work?

Evidence of Impact
What are the specific, measurable results of the efforts? Did the initiative meet its original targets and goals? Were available resources used successfully to achieve an environmental impact?


Submission Requirements

Completed nominations are due by February 7, 2020. Nominations received after this date will not be considered.

Nomination Narrative

Narrative is limited to four (4) one-sided, double spaced pages, no smaller than 12 pt type. Please save in a PDF file format. Narratives must address the following five questions. Please include the questions with your responses.

  1. What environmental need within the community or organization did the nominee address?
  2. What kind of solution did the nominee develop to address the identified need? Describe any creative, unique or innovative aspects of the initiative, particularly any special challenges overcome as part of the implementation.
  3. What effect or impact did the nominee have on the environment? (Base your answer on environmental benefits related to community awareness, environmental quality, the local economy, the public, technical contributions, etc.) Include in your response the scope or breadth of this impact within the community or organization.
  4. What specific examples, data, or other evidence demonstrates the environmental effect or impact described above?
  5. What other pertinent information about this nominee would you like the judges to consider?


One Support Letter

All nominations must have one letter of support from someone outside the nominee’s organization who is familiar with the success of the nominated activity; someone other than the nominator must write this letter. This letter should explain the impact of the project, its environmental significance or benefit, and its relevance in meeting a specific need. Letters of support may be submitted online as a PDF separate from the nomination, but must be received by February 7, 2020.

Please note: Do not submit photos or other materials, as they will not be considered in the judging process.


February 7, 2020
5:00 pm