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U.S. EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program Honors the 2013 Gulf Guardian Award Winners

Release Date: 06/26/2013
Contact Information: William McBride, 404-562-8378 (direct), 404-562-8400 (main),

(ATLANTA – June 25, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA’s) Gulf of Mexico Program will be honoring individuals and organizations that are working to preserve and restore the Gulf of Mexico through the biannual Gulf Guardian Awards Ceremony.

The awards ceremony will be held in conjunction with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands Meeting.

WHO: U.S. EPA Gulf of Mexico Program Office

WHAT: Biannual Gulf Guardian Awards Ceremony

    WHEN: Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

      WHERE: Tampa Bay Grand Hyatt
          Audubon Ballroom
      2900 Bayport Drive
      Tampa, FL 33607

      The Gulf of Mexico Program developed the Gulf Guardian awards as a way to recognize and honor businesses, community groups, individuals, and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful and productive. The Gulf Guardian Award exemplifies what the Gulf of Mexico Program is all about: innovative solutions that occur when we pool resources and look for creative ways to positively impact our quality of life and economic well being. There are many companies, organizations, and individuals in the Gulf States and beyond that are "Gulf Guardians." The Gulf of Mexico Program believes they should be awarded for their stewardship of this national resource from which we all derive so much benefit.

      The first Gulf Guardian Award winners were recognized in 2000. During the ceremony, a first, second and third place award is given in seven categories: Business/Industry, Civic/Non-Profit Organization, Partnerships, Youth Environmental Education, Individual, Environmental Justice/Cultural Diversity, and Bi-National. This year there are 19 winners: 15 from States bordering the Gulf of Mexico, one from Virginia, one from Missouri, and two from Mexico. All winners receive a marble and glass memento and a video shown during the ceremony, which highlights their project or special accomplishment.

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