Landfill Methane Outreach Program
Awards for Excellence in Landfill Gas Energy (2013)
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 (LFG) energy projects.
LMOP is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 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 Tuesday, September 3, 2013, and selections are expected to be made by December 2013. All applicants will be notified by email of their selection status.
Award winners will receive a plaque and be recognized at the 17th LMOP Annual Conference being held January 21 - 23, 2014, 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 September 1, 2012 and September 2, 2013.
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 LFG 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 is 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, 97K). 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 Tuesday, September 3, 2013, to be eligible for consideration. The EPA will not be responsible for late receipt or non-receipt of submissions.
The EPA reserves the right to reject applications based on its screening process and not to make awards in any of the specified categories.