EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Quality Awards

New York, NY, December 20, 2012—Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honors businesses, individuals, governments and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations over the past year. EPA is now seeking nominations for this annual award. Winners will be honored at an awards event in April 2013. Each winner will receive a plaque recognizing her or his environmental achievement at a ceremony during Earth Week. The Agency is accepting nominations for its Environmental Quality Awards until February 19, 2013.

“Businesses, individuals, organizations and government agencies often blaze the trail on a range of environmental protection and public health issues,” said EPA Regional Administrator Judith A. Enck. “There are wonderful models of environmental protection that EPA wants to recognize. Everyone is encouraged to submit nominations that illustrate outstanding environmental accomplishments that we can all learn from and be inspired by.”

The awards recognize achievement in six categories:
• Business and Industry
• Individual Citizen
• Non-Profit Organization, Environmental or Community Group
• Environmental Education
• Federal, State, Local or Tribal Government or Agency
• Print and Broadcast Media

For award criteria, prior winners and nomination instructions, visit EPA’s Environmental Quality Award webpage at http://www.epa.gov/region2/eqa.

For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Myer, Public Affairs Division, at (212) 637-3860 or myer.elizabeth@epa.gov.