Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Acting Secretary John Quigley has invited individuals and organizations throughout the Commonwealth to apply for the 2015 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
The awards program is open to all Pennsylvania businesses, farms, government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, and individuals who have created or participated in the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in the state.
The winners will be recognized in April during an awards ceremony and dinner hosted by PEC.
“We want to recognize and showcase the innovative ways these projects transformed environmental obstacles into opportunities,” Quigley said in a press release. “Sharing the details of their success may spark change for other businesses and organizations struggling with the same challenges.”
Eligible projects must have been completed between the dates of Aug. 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014. Projects should showcase technological advances, promote renewable energy solutions, reduce environmental threats, provide environmentally responsible economic opportunity, foster environmental education, or restore watersheds.
Projects will be selected based on the following seven criteria:
• Environmental Protection
• Public Service
• Environmental Education and Outreach
• Pollution Prevention
• Economic Impact
• Innovating Technology
The award application and guidelines are available on DEP’s website. For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us, keyword: Governor’s Award.