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U.S. EPA solicits Environmental Award nominations

Release Date: 1/19/2005
Contact Information: Wendy L. Chavez, (415) 947-4248,

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 program, now in its seventh year, seeks to recognize individuals and groups outside of the U.S. EPA who made significant contributions to improve the environment in the year 2004. 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
- implementation of an Environmental Management System that is yielding results

Nomination forms must be filled out and submitted online no later than February 25, 2005. 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 the San Francisco Bay Area on April 21.

For more information and to submit a nomination form via the EPA Web site, visit: For questions regarding the program, please call the Environmental Information Center at (866) EPA-WEST.