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Safer Choice

Safer Choice Partner of the Year Awards

Congratulations to 2017 Partner of the Year Award Winners

EPA is announcing 33 Safer Choice Partner of the Year winners across 17 states and the District of Columbia for outstanding achievement in the design, manufacture, promotion, and use of Safer Choice-labeled products over the past year. Read about our 2017 Partner of the Year Award Winners.

Learn more about the 2017 Partner of the Year Awards:

Learn more about previous winners:

Award Categories

EPA presented awards in each of these five categories:

  • Product Manufacturers
  • Purchasers and Distributors
  • Retailers
  • Supporters
  • Innovators

Candidates were allowed to apply in more than one award category.


Any current or past program participants in the Safer Choice program were eligible to apply for the awards. 

Application Process 101 Webinar

On November 2, 2016 Safer Choice hosted an Application Process 101 webinar for award applicants. This session provided tips on how to apply and guidance on what the judges were seeking from winners.


How to Apply

The application period for the 2017 Partner of the Year Awards closed on December 16, 2016.

Selection Criteria

For the 2017 awards, we recognized program participants who demonstrated leadership in:

  • furthering safer chemistry and products throughout the past year; and
  • promoting the new 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. The full evaluation criteria are described in the application form.

More Information About the Awards

For more information on the Partner of the Year Awards, please contact Chen Wen ( or 202-564-8849).