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Release Date: 1/27/1999
Contact Information: Leo Kay, U.S. EPA, (415) 744-2201

     SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is encouraging citizens in California, Nevada, Hawaii and Arizona to nominate a friend, peer or organization for this year’s Earth Day Environmental Awards Program.  

     The program seeks to recognize individuals and groups outside of the U.S. EPA who went beyond the call of duty to improve the environment in 1998.  In particular, the U.S. EPA wants to acknowledge individuals and groups that reach across non-traditional lines to build collaborative successes.  Anyone can be nominated, such as scientists, teachers, journalists, citizen activists, young people, organizations, business representatives, public officials and others committed to preserving and nurturing 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

     Nomination forms must be filled out and returned to the U.S. EPA Region 9 Office no later than March 1, 1999. An EPA panel will review all of the applications and select this year’s finalists by late March. Winners will then be recognized at a ceremony to be held in the Bay Area on Earth Day, April 22.

     For a copy of the nomination form, contact the Public Information Center at (415) 744-1500 or visit the EPA Region 9 Web Site beginning in early February at, and click on What's New.