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Nominations for EPA's 2017 Environmental Merit Awards End on Feb. 17, 2017

02/10/2017
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EPA Public Affairs
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BOSTON - The U.S. EPA has extended the deadline for Environmental Merit Award Nominations to February 17, 2017 at 5PM.

For more than forty-five years, EPA New England has been proud to honor at our annual Environmental Merit Awards Ceremony those who have contributed significantly to the protection of New England's environment during the course of the past year and over a lifetime. Award categories are available for individuals, businesses, governmental entities, and other organizations. Awards are also given under a lifetime achievement category.

These regional awards have been given out annually since EPA was created in 1970. Past recipients have included scientists, community activists, business representatives, public officials and other individuals committed to preserving the environment. An independent EPA panel will select the winners based on the following criteria: definition of the specific environmental problem or need; actions taken to address the environmental problem or need; measurable, sustainable and lasting public health or environmental results; connections to EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment (i.e waste reduction or reduction in air, water, land pollution); ability of the program/activity to be replicated or widely shared; and promotion of innovative ideas or approaches.

EPA will also be awarding the Children's Environmental Health Award for an Individual or group that has made significant progress, contribution, leadership toward protecting children from environmental health risks in schools, homes, and childcare environments in New England.

A final award category is the Ira Leighton "In Service to States" Environmental Merit Award. This award recognizes an individual or organization that has made significant strides in facilitating state and federal partnerships through innovative sustainable solutions addressing critical environmental challenges in New England.

More information on Award categories, evaluation criteria and how to submit nominations (www.epa.gov/environmental-merit-awards-new-england).