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EPA Looks for Environmental Champions

Release Date: 01/12/2009
Contact Information: Chris Sebastian (212) 637-3597,

(New York, N.Y.) Do you know an individual or organization that deserves recognition for their environmental achievements? Nominate them for a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Environmental Quality Award. Each year, EPA Region 2 recognizes and honors those individuals and organizations who contributed significantly to improving the environment during the past year in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and tribal nations within the region’s jurisdiction. Winners are presented with a plaque and recognized by senior EPA officials during a ceremony coinciding with Earth Day celebrations.

The awards recognize achievement in six categories:

  • Individual Citizen
  • Non-Profit Organization, Environmental or Community Group
  • Environmental Education
  • Business and Industry
  • Federal, State, Local or Tribal Government or Agency
  • Press and Media
Nominations for the awards are solicited from both within and outside EPA.

"This coming April, we will again celebrate Earth Day, a day for us all to reflect on the importance of the environment," said EPA Region 2 Administrator Alan J. Steinberg. "What better way for us to mark that occasion than by honoring those organizations and individuals whose work has furthered the cause of the environment and whose dedication stands as an inspiration to us all."

Nominations must be submitted by Monday, February 23, 2009. Nominations should include a description of the individual or organization’s achievements and give reasons why they deserve special recognition. They can be mailed or emailed, but must be received by February 23 to be considered.

For more information on award criteria, prior winners and nomination instructions, visit EPA's Environmental Quality Award Web page at Self-nominations are welcome.

Please contact Chris Sebastian, Public Affairs Division, with questions at (212) 637-3597 or