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EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Merit Awards - Deadline for Nominations is Feb. 1, 2008

Release Date: 01/17/2008
Contact Information: Jeanethe Falvey 617.918.1020

(Boston, Mass. – January 17, 2008) – EPA is once again looking to recognize the individuals and groups whose environmental protection efforts in New England have produced significant achievements. Notable work and successi in 2007 is eligible for recognition through EPA’s New England Office.

EPA is now accepting nominations through the end of the month, for the 2008 Environmental Merit Awards, which will recognize environmental achievements of 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.

“People throughout New England apply themselves to finding solutions to environmental challenges, often without recognition,” said Robert W. Varney, Regional Administrator of EPA's New England office. “EPA New England’s annual Environmental Merit Awards let us honor people who deserve to be recognized.”

The 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. Nominations can be submitted by anyone and individuals or organizations are allowed to submit self-nominations. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 1, 2008.

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 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, please visit: www.epa.gov/ne/ra/ema