The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging citizens in California, Arizona, Nevada, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands to nominate a friend, peer or organization for this year’s U.S. EPA Environmental Awards program.
Nominations can be submitted online beginning Jan. 7 and ending Feb. 8.
The program seeks to recognize individuals and groups outside of the U.S. EPA who made significant contributions to improve the environment in the year 2008. Anyone can be nominated, such as scientists, teachers, journalists, citizen activists, young people, organizations, business representatives, public officials and others committed to protecting public health and preserving our natural surroundings.
Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
· promotion of innovative ideas, techniques, and/or technologies
· ability to address an environmental problem or need
· accomplishment of stated goals
· ability of the program/activity to be replicated or widely shared
· collaboration with others
· clarity and effectiveness of the presentation
· long-term benefits for the environment
The deadline to submit nominations online is Feb. 8. An EPA panel will review all of the applications and select this year’s winners, who will be notified by mid-March. Winners will then be recognized at a ceremony to be held in San Francisco mid-April.
For more information and to submit a nomination online, visit: http://www.epa.gov/region09/awards. For questions regarding the program, call the Environmental Information Center toll-free at (866) EPA-WEST or Wendy Chavez at (415) 947-4248. [B][I](EPA)[/I][/B]