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EPA Solicits Environmental Award Nominations

Release Date: 1/15/2003
Contact Information: Wendy L. Chavez, U.S. EPA, 415/947-4248

     SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging citizens in California, Nevada, Hawaii, Arizona and the Pacific Islands to nominate a friend, peer or organization for this year's U.S. EPA Environmental Awards Program.  

     The program, now in its fifth year, seeks to recognize individuals and groups outside of the U.S. EPA who made significant contributions to improve the environment in the year 2002.  Anyone can be nominated, such as scientists, teachers, journalists, citizen activists, young people, organizations, business representatives, public officials and others committed to protecting public health and preserving our natural surroundings.

     Entries will be judged on the following criteria:
     - promotion of innovative ideas, techniques, and/or technologies
     - ability to address an environmental problem or need
     - accomplishment of stated goals
     - ability of the program/activity to be replicated or widely shared
     - collaboration with others
     - clarity and effectiveness of the presentation
     - long term benefits for the environment

     Nomination forms must be filled out and returned to the U.S. EPA Region 9 Office no later than February 14, 2003.  An EPA panel will review all of the applications and select this year's finalists by mid-March. Winners will then be recognized at a ceremony to be held in the Bay Area in April.

    Nomination forms can be submitted electronically via the EPA Web site at  For questions regarding the program, please call the Environmental Information Center at (866) EPA-WEST.