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U.S. EPA Environmental Award nomination deadline Feb. 16

Release Date: 02/08/2007
Contact Information: Wendy Chavez, 415/947-4248,

Online nominations forms at

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

The EPA opened the nomination period on January 17 with a deadline to submit nominations Friday, February 16.

The program, now in its ninth year, seeks to recognize individuals and groups outside of the U.S. EPA who made significant contributions to improve the environment in the year 2006. 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

An EPA panel will review all of the applications and select this year's finalists, who will be notified by mid-March. Winners will then be recognized at a ceremony to be held in San Francisco April 16.

For more information and to submit a nomination form online, visit: For questions regarding the program, please call the Environmental Information Center at (866) EPA-WEST or Wendy Chavez at (415) 947-4248.