Maine DEP is Seeking Nominations for Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

September 4, 2018

CONTACT: David Madore, Communications Director (207) 287-5842, david.madore@maine.gov

AUGUSTA, September 4, 2018 - The Department of Environmental Protection and Governor Paul R. LePage encourages entities that have gone above and beyond required regulations by implementing innovative practices that have meaningful environmental and economic benefits to apply for the State's environmental excellence award. This is an opportunity for businesses, nonprofits, public entities and the people of Maine to be recognized for their extraordinary work to improve and protect Maine's natural resources.

"Our job creators grow the economy and help steward Maine's natural resources," said Governor LePage. "The Governor's Award on Environmental Excellence recognize leaders who take innovative approaches to protect our natural resources and strengthen our economy. My Administration is proud to support the entities that not only move our economy forward, but also ensure that our natural resources are here for the enjoyment of future generations."

Nominations are now open for the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, which will honor entities that go beyond standard techniques or regulatory requirements to creatively meet environmental challenges or opportunities. The award categories include: Innovation, Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship. This year's award criteria and categories have been redesigned to focus on the extraordinary efforts that have resulted in economic savings, as well as protection and improvement of Maine's environment.

"Our natural resources are the State of Maine's greatest asset and I believe the state's economy can improve while maintaining our environment," said Commissioner Mercer. "The Environmental Excellence Award celebrates and encourages those Maine businesses, non-profits and public entities who have successfully balanced both." Award applicants will be asked to explain how their recent project or program was innovative, collaborative and resulted in measurable and meaningful environmental and economic benefits. Completed Application forms are due to the department by Friday, October 5, 2018.

For more information about the Maine Department of Environmental Protection's Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence or to download an application, visit http://www.maine.gov/dep/govaward/index.html