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Now Accepting Applications – Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. The deadline for submitting an application is March 15, 2016. Applications must be received electronically and are available for download here. The annual award honors the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution and promote sustainability.

Applications for the awards are encouraged from business, industry and trade/professional organizations; non-profit and community organizations; individuals; educational institutions, and local, state and federal government organizations.

Some project examples include innovated energy conservation projects, pollution prevention project, projects that conserve resources and protect the environment by minimizing resource consumption, projects that improve stewardship of Vermont’s natural resources, ecosystem restoration projects, and innovative land use management/planning projects.

To be eligible you must be located in Vermont. The project has been initiated within the past three years and has been fully operationally for one year. An eligible project must be submitted by an applicant in good standing with environmental laws and regulations with no formal enforcement actions within the past three years.

Last year’s recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence include GE Aviation in Rutland, Mountain Meadow Farm in Sudbury, Lewis Creek Association in Charlotte, and the Lake Region High School in Orleans, to name only a few.

The Vermont Governor’s Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. To date, more than 200 award-winning efforts of Vermont individuals, organizations, institutions, public agencies, and businesses have been recognized. These projects contribute significantly to protecting the environment, conserving energy and reducing the production of greenhouse gases. Together they have created a green and sustainable business culture, and advanced environmental education on all fronts.

If you have questions or would like more information please contact Maura Mancini at maura.mancini@vermont.gov or 802-522-0218.