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EPA Solicits Nominations for 2005 Environmental Quality Awards

Release Date: 01/24/2005
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FOR RELEASE: Monday, January 24, 2005

(#05006) NEW YORK -- Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 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 and the U.S. Virgin Islands through its Environmental Quality Awards.

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 individuals within EPA and outside the Agency.

"This April, we will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Earth Day, a day for us all to reflect on the importance of the environment," said EPA Region 2 Acting Administrator Kathleen C. Callahan. "What better way for us to mark this milestone 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."

The nomination deadline is March 4. Award recipients will be honored at a ceremony marking Earth Day in late April at EPA's Manhattan offices.

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

For more information, please contact Chris Sebastian, Public Affairs Division, at (212) 637-3597 or