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U.S. EPA solicits Environmental Award nominations

Release Date: 01/10/2008
Contact Information: Wendy Chavez, 415/947-4248,

U.S. EPA solicits Environmental Award nominations
Online nomination form at

    (1/10/2008 San Francisco Calif.) -- 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.

    Nominations can be submitted online beginning January 14 and ending February 17.

    The program, now in its tenth year, seeks to recognize individuals and groups outside of the U.S. EPA who made significant contributions to improve the environment in the year 2007. 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

    The deadline to submit nomination forms online is Feb. 17, 2008. 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 mid-April.

    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.