EPA is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Environmental Merit Awards, which will recognize environmental achievements during the past year. Award categories are available for individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and other organizations. Awards are also given under a lifetime achievement category.
These regional awards have been given out annually since EPA was created in 1970. Past recipients have included scientists, community activists, business representatives, public officials and other individuals committed to preserving the environment. An independent EPA panel will select the winners based on the following criteria: long-term effects on the environment; ability to address an environmental problem or need; collaboration with others; ability of the program or accomplishments to be widely shared; clarity and effectiveness of the presentation; and promotion of innovative ideas or techniques. Awards are traditionally given in four categories: individual; business, industry, trade, and professional organization; local, state or federal government; and environmental, community or non-profit organization.
For a second year the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC), the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM), the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA), and in coordination with the New England state Environmental Commissioners, EPA will be awarding the Ira Leighton “In Service to States” Environmental Merit Award. The award is a tribute to Ira Leighton, who passed away in 2013 after serving 41 years at EPA. The “Ira Leighton in Service to States Annual Award” will recognize an individual or organization that has made significant strides in facilitating state and federal partnerships through innovative sustainable solutions addressing critical environmental challenges in New England. The successful candidate will have actively demonstrated conviction and leadership in protecting the environment and in promoting sustainable practices.
The deadline for nominations is January 30. Awards winners will be invited to a ceremony on Earth Day in Boston.
Nominations are only accepted online. More information on Award categories, evaluation criteria and how to submit nominations is available at: http://www.epa.gov/ne/ra/ema/ .