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Safer Choice

Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards

2018 Partner of the Year Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2018 Partner of the Year Award Winners! On December 4, 2018, EPA recognized winners at the Partner of the Year Awards Ceremony for their work last year in advancing the goal of chemical safety through exemplary participation in or promotion of Safer Choice.

The application period closed on June 27, 2018.

Learn more about the 2018 Partner of the Year Awards:

Learn more about previous winners:

Award Categories

EPA presented awards in five categories:

  • Formulators/product manufacturers of both consumer and institutional/industrial products;
  • Purchasers and distributors;
  • Retailers;
  • Supporters (e.g., non-governmental organizations); and
  • Innovators (e.g., chemical manufacturers).


Any current or past program participants in the Safer Choice program are eligible to apply for the awards. Candidates must complete the application form and have it signed by an appropriate company or organization official (e.g., CEO, vice president for governmental affairs, division head, or other authorized signatory).

Application Process 101 Webinar

Watch the Application Process 101 webinar for award applicants for tips on how to apply and a discussion of how the applications are scored.


How to Apply

The application period for the 2018 Partner of the Year Awards closed on June 27, 2018.

Selection Criteria

For the 2018 awards, we recognized program participants who have demonstrated leadership in:

  • furthering safer chemistry and products throughout the past year; and
  • promoting the Safer Choice label.

Program participants that submitted complete applications were evaluated against the following five criteria:

  1. Participation in the Safer Choice program
  2. Use of the Safer Choice label
  3. Promotion and use of products using the Safer Choice label
  4. Outreach and education on the Safer Choice program to consumers and end-users
  5. Innovations in safer chemistry and other efforts to advance the Safer Choice program

Responses were weighted and points assigned based on the applicant/award category.

More Information About the Awards

For more information on the Partner of the Year Awards, please contact Linda Rutsch ( or 202-343-9924).