The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is currently accepting applications for the 2012 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award, open to any Pennsylvania business, government agency, educational institution, individual or farm that has created or participated in the development of a project (completed between Aug. 1, 2010, and July 31, 2011) that fosters environmental responsibility and economic growth.
Eligible projects include environmental technology innovation, clean energy innovation, pollution prevention and resource efficiency, community revitalization, environmental education or outreach, watershed stewardship, mine safety and more.
“This award is a gem because it recognizes environmental innovation, which makes a business or organization more competitive and efficient,” says DEP Secretary Mike Krancer. “The winners are creating a brighter and cleaner future for all Pennsylvanians. We want to showcase them as role models and say, ‘Thank you.’”
Evaluations of project submissions will be based on the applicants’ demonstration of teamwork; public service; environmental education and outreach; pollution prevention; economic impact, including potential job creation; the use of innovation technology; and how their project will protect the environment.
The Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award recipients will be honored during an evening reception, and winning projects will be listed on DEP’s website.
For more information on how to apply, visit www.dep.state.pa.us.