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EPA solicits Environmental Award nominations

Release Date: 1/28/2004
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 sixth year, seeks to recognize individuals and groups outside of the U.S. EPA who made significant contributions to improve the environment in the year 2003. 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

Nomination forms must be filled out and submitted online no later than February 20, 2004. 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 Bay Area on April 20.

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