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EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Merit Awards

Release Date: 12/10/2001
Contact Information: Amy Miller, EPA Press Office (617-918-1042)

BOSTON – The US Environmental Protection Agency's New England office is seeking nominations for its 2002 Merit Awards, which recognize environmental achievement by individuals, businesses, organizations and state and local governments in the six-state region.

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. The deadline for nominations this year is Jan. 18, 2002.

"This awards program is a great way to recognize New Englanders who are going above and beyond to protect the environment," said Robert W. Varney, regional administrator for EPA's New England office. "The awards celebrate individual, businesses and non-profits that are models for all of us in our efforts to improve our communities."

An independent EPA panel will select the winners based on the following criteria: promotion of innovative ideas, techniques or technologies; ability to address an environmental problem or need; accomplishment of stated goals; ability of the project to be replicated or widely shared; collaboration with others; clarity and effectiveness of the presentation and long-term effects on the environment.

The awards are given in four categories: individual; business, industry, trade, and professional organizations; local, state or federal government; and environmental, community or non-profit organization.

The awards ceremony will be held in mid April at Faneuil Hall in Boston.

For nomination forms or for more information, write to US EPA New England; Merit Awards/Carol Krasauskis (RAA), One Congress St., Boston, MA 02114-2023, or call Carol Krasauskis at 888-372-7341. Nomination forms can also be downloaded directly from EPA's Web site at http://www.epa.gov/region01/ra/ema/index.html. A list of last years environmental merit award winners can be seen at http://www.epa.gov/region01/ra/ema/2000recipients.html