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EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Merit Awards // Deadline for Nominations is March 1, 2010

Release Date: 02/05/2010
Contact Information: David Deegan, (617) 918-1017

(Boston, Mass. – Feb. 5, 2010) – EPA is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Environmental Merit Awards, which will recognize environmental achievements during the past year. Award categories are available for individuals, businesses, state and local governments, and other organizations. Awards are also given under a lifetime achievement category.

These awards have been given out annually since EPA was created in 1970. This year’s awards will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and of the creation of EPA. Past recipients have included scientists, community activists, business representatives, public officials and other individuals committed to preserving the environment. The deadline for nominations is March 1.

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.

The awards are given in four categories: individual; business, industry, trade, and professional organization; local, state or federal government; and environmental, community or non-profit organization. Awards winners will be invited to a ceremony this spring in Boston.

For nomination forms and more information on
Environmental Merit Awards, see: http://www.epa.gov/ne/ra/ema/ .

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