Landfill Methane Outreach Program
Awards for Excellence in Landfill Gas Energy (2012)
Each year, the EPA’s Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) recognizes select Partners for excellence in innovation and creativity, success in promoting project development, and achievement of environmental and economic benefits through successful landfill gas energy (LFGE) projects.
LMOP is currently accepting nominations for the 2012 Partner and Project of the Year awards in the following categories:
- Project of the Year
- Industry Partner
- Energy Partner
- State Partner
- Community Partner
All applicants will be considered for Project of the Year and each of the Partner award categories. Nominations are due by Friday, August 31, 2012, and selections are expected to be made by December 2012. All applicants will be notified by email of their selection status.
Award winners will receive a plaque and be recognized at the LMOP Annual Conference being held January 29 - 31, 2013, in Baltimore, Maryland.
The following criteria must be met for an application to be eligible:
- Nominees and key project partners must be current LMOP Partners at the time of application submission.
- The project(s) must have become operational between November 12, 2011 and August 31, 2012.
Submissions will be judged by their responses to each of three equally weighted rating factors:
|Innovation and Creativity||Discuss if this type of project has been done before, if the project involved a unique project structure or partnership, or if the project was conducted voluntarily. In addition, describe if innovative technologies were used and if any unique strategies were used for overcoming barriers.|
|Success in Promoting Landfill Gas Energy Projects Locally, Nationally or Globally||Describe community involvement efforts; groundbreaking/ribbon-cutting ceremonies; green power, media, or public education/awareness campaigns; press releases; and corporate sustainability goals.|
|Environmental and Economic Benefits Achieved||Quantify the greenhouse gas and other environmental benefits and cost-effectiveness of the project.|
Application submissions will initially be screened for completeness before judging. Complete applications will be reviewed by a panel of EPA staff. The panel will rank the applicants according to how well each of the three selection criteria are addressed. Top-scoring applicants and their key project partners will then undergo compliance screening to ensure award eligibility prior to any awards being made. The compliance screening is the process used to:
- Review compliance information about a company or facility that is regulated by the EPA.
- Confirm that applicants are compliant with EPA-administered environmental laws and environmental laws enforced by the Department of Justice (DOJ).
How to Apply
Applications for LMOP awards must include the following components:
- Completed application form (MS Word) (1pg, 98K). The form does not count toward the 10-page limit for the project summary.
- 10-page (or less) project summary that addresses the selection criteria. The project summary may include supporting documentation (for example, photographs, letters of support, etc.), but all supporting documentation is included in the 10-page limit for the project summary. The project summary should include page numbers. Pages submitted in excess of the 10-page limit will not be reviewed. In addition, EPA will not review hyperlinks to online content that are provided in the project summary or supporting documentation.
Applications may also include the following optional components:
- 1-page cover page and 1-page table of contents (these are optional and do not count towards the 10-page limit for the project summary).
The completed application form and 10-page project summary (with optional cover page and table of contents) should be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 31, 2012, to be eligible for consideration. If desired, an application may be submitted via hard copy to the address below. Hard copy applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2012, to be considered eligible. The EPA will not be responsible for late receipt or non-receipt of submissions.
If an application is being submitted via hard copy, it should be sent by either U.S. Postal Service mail or a commercial delivery service. Hard copy submissions should be sent to:
LMOP Award Applications
110 Hartwell Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421-3136
The EPA reserves the right to reject applications based on its screening process and not to make awards in any of the specified categories.