The Illinois Sustainability Awards 2017 Winners

State Environmental Awards Programs

Introduction

Many states use awards programs as an incentive to reward companies who adopt pollution prevention (P2) strategies. In 1981, North Carolina began the first pollution prevention awards program, calling it the Governor's Award for Excellence in Waste Reduction. The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (formerly the Illinois Hazardous Waste Research and Information Center, then renamed the Illinois Waste Management and Research Center) began giving Governor's Pollution Prevention Awards in 1987 and has the oldest continuing program.

Some other interesting facts about environmental awards programs:

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State-By-State Summary of Programs

Alabama

Name: Environmental Council Conservation Award
Started: 2012?
Sponsored by: Alabama Environmental Council
WWW: http://www.aeconline.org/
Notes: Presented in 2016

Name: Governors Conservation Achievement Awards
Started: 2000
Sponsored by: Alabama Department of Environmental Management P2 Unit
WWW: http://www.alabamawildlife.org/governors-conservation-achievement-awards/

Name: Power Up Conservation Awards
Started: 2016
Sponsored by: Alabama Environmental Council
WWW: http://www.aeconline.org/powerupconservationawards

Alaska

None.

Arizona

AZ DEQ discontinued the Arizona Pollution Prevention Leadership Enhancement Awards. Arizona Clean & Beautiful (the Arizona affiliate of Keep America Beautiful) added a pollution prevention category to their Governor's Pride in Arizona Awards program in 1998.

Name: Environmental Excellence Awards
Started: 1980
Sponsored by: Arizona Forward
WWW: https://www.arizonaforward.org/events/47/

Arkansas

Name: Arkansas Environmental Stewardship and Environmental Technology Awards
Started: 2005
Sponsored by: Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
WWW: https://www.adeq.state.ar.us/poa/businessasst/awards/

California

Name: Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards
Started: 1993
Sponsored by: California Environmental Protection Agency and Governor's Office (Governor's Office issues the press release announcing the winners)
WWW: http://www.calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/default.htm
Notes: Award categories include Children's Environmental Education, Ecosystem and Watershed Stewardship, Sustainable Practices or Facilities, Environmental and Economic Partnerships, Comprehensive Land Use Planning, Technological and Market Innovation, and Sustainable Communities.

Colorado

Name: Pollution Prevention Champions
Started: 1997
Sponsored by: Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's Pollution Prevention Program and the Colorado Environmental Partnership
WWW: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/environmental-leadership-program

Connecticut

Name: GreenCircle Awards Program
Started: 1998
Sponsored by: Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
WWW: http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2708&q=323940&deepNav_GID=1511
Notes: Project categories include energy & climate change, water, materials management & recycling, civic improvements, and innovation. Descriptions of winning projects are at http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2708&q=323938&deepNav_GID=1511

Delaware

No pollution prevention awards, but they do have a Young Environmentalist of the Year award. See http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/DNREC2000/admin/education/youngenvironmentalist.htm

Florida

Awards programs appear to be administered by various offices within the Department of Environmental Protection and other state agencies. Programs include:

Name: Best Practice Awards
Started: 2009
Sponsored by: Sustainable Florida
WWW: http://sustainableflorida.org/best-practice-awards/
Notes: The Best Practice Award recognizes businesses, organizations and individuals for their dynamic work in helping to create sustainable Florida.

Name: [Water] Plant Operator Excellence Awards
Sponsored by: Florida DEP Office of Water
WWW: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/facaward.htm
Notes: This award is given to wastewater treatment plants and POTWs and includes P2.

Name: David W. York Water Reuse Awards
Started: 1992
Sponsored by: Florida Water Environment Association’s (FWEA)
WWW: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/reuse/awards.htm
Notes: Recognizes outstanding water reuse projects in Florida.

Name: Florida Green Schools Award
Started: 2009
Sponsored by: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
WWW: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/secretary/ed/schools/about.htm

Georgia

Awards and grant programs appear to be administered by various universities within Georgia and are primarily awarded to K-12 schools and departments within college campuses.

Hawaii

Name: Hawaii Green Business Awards
Started: 2002
Sponsored by: Hawaii State Energy Office – Green Business Program
WWW: http://energy.hawaii.gov/green-business-program

Name: Environmental Excellence Awards
Started: 2010
Sponsored by: Hawaii Association of Environmental Professionals
WWW: http://www.naep.org/hawaii-association-of-environmental-professionals

Idaho

Name: Environmental Excellence Award
Started: 1997
Sponsored by: Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry
WWW: http://iaci.org/iacihome/aboutus/environmentalaward.aspx

Name: [City of Boise] EnviroGuard Sustainability Awards
Started: 2014
Sponsored by: City of Boise, Idaho
WWW: http://publicworks.cityofboise.org/environmental-resource-center/enviroguard-sustainability-awards/
Notes: Eligible applicants must be within Boise City or the impact area.

Illinois

Name: Governor's Sustainability Awards
Started: 1987
Sponsored by: Illinois Sustainable Technology Center a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois
WWW: http://www.istc.illinois.edu/info/govs_awards.cfm
Notes: Oldest continuing state program in the U.S. Awards are supported by the Illinois Office of the Governor and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Indiana

Name: Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
Started: 1994
Sponsored by: The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), in cooperation with the Governor's Office, Lieutenant Governor's Office of Energy Policy, the Indiana Department of Administration, and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources
WWW: http://www.in.gov/idem/prevention/2358.htm
Notes: Also sponsors the Indiana CLEAN Community Challenge program, which is a voluntary recognition program for local governments within the state. The program began in 2004 and is administered by IDEM in partnership with several other state agencies. The CLEAN Community Challenge asks local governments to implement environmental management systems, called Quality of Life Plans, with support from local residents and businesses. More information can be found at http://www.in.gov/idem/prevention/2361.htm.

Iowa

Name: Governor's Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards
Started: 2000?
Sponsored by: Coordinated by the Governor’s Office, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Department of Economic Development, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Waste Reduction Center.
WWW: http://www.iowadnr.gov/Environmental-Protection/Iowa-Environmental-Awards
Notes: Includes energy efficiency, pollution prevention, technological innovation, natural resources protection and conservation, and environmental education.

Kansas

Name: Kansas Pollution Prevention Awards and Recognition Program
Started: 1994
Sponsored by: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
WWW: http://www.kdheks.gov/sbcs/p2_pollution_prevention_awards.html

Kentucky

Name: Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards
Started: 1997?
Sponsored by: Kentucky Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet
WWW: http://www.environment.ky.gov/homepage_repository/ 2003+and+2002+EEA+winners.htm
Notes: It's unclear whether awards have been presented since 2003.

Louisiana

Name: Governor's Environmental Leadership Program
Started: 1997?
Sponsored by: Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. Governor hosts the program.
WWW: http://www.deq.louisiana.gov/portal/PROGRAMS/EnvironmentalLeadershipProgramELP.aspx
Notes: It appears that the award program was converted to the Environmental Leadership Program and the awards were discontinued in 2013. Companies can register to become members of the Louisiana Environmental Leadership Program. Participants in this program must commit to supporting the ELP core principles.

Maine

Name: Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
Started: 1994
Sponsored by: Maine Department of Environmental Protection
WWW: http://www.maine.gov/dep/assistance/govaward.html

Name: Maine Source Sustainability Awards
Started: ?
Sponsored by: Source Maine
WWW: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/01/17/source-maine-sustainability-awards/

Maryland

Name: Tawes Award for a Clean Environment
Started: 1977
Sponsored by: Maryland Department of Environment and Maryland Petroleum Council
WWW: http://www.mde.state.md.us/programs/Marylander/citizenparticipation/pages/citizensinfocenter/citizen_participation/tawes_awards.aspx
Notes: The Tawes Award is an environmental recognition program sponsored by the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) and the Maryland Petroleum Council (MPC) in the name of late Maryland Governor J. Millard Tawes, who was also the state's first secretary of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The award is open to any individual, civic, community, or non-profit entity that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to enhance Maryland's environment over a period of time or with a single project. More of an environmental stewardship award than a pollution prevention award.

Massachusetts

Name: Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education Award
Started: 2008
Sponsored by: Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
WWW: http://www.turi.org/turadata/Success/GovernorsAwards.html
Notes: Established in 2008, The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in collaboration with the Secretary's Advisory Group on Energy and Environmental Education (SAGEE) and the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) conducts an annual award program to recognize schools and teachers (K-12 ) across the Commonwealth for their outstanding efforts in furthering energy and environmental education initiatives at their schools.

Name: Leading by Example (LBE) Award
Started: 2007
Sponsored by: Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
WWW: http://www.turi.org/turadata/Success/GovernorsAwards.html
Notes: Established in 2007, the LBE Awards recognize outstanding efforts among Commonwealth agencies, public colleges and universities, and municipalities that have implemented policies and programs that have led to significant and measurable environmental and energy benefits.

Michigan

Name: Clean Corporate Citizen
Started: 1996
Sponsored by: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
WWW: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-70153_70155_3585_49005-315030--,00.html
Notes: Established by statute. Isn't an awards program per se. Rather, companies participate on an ongoing basis and receive public recognition of their participation. DEQ also has an award for DEQ staff to encourage regulatory integration of P2.

Name: Green Chemistry Governor’s Award
Started: 2008
Sponsored by: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
WWW: http://www.michigan.gov/greenchemistry
Notes: The program was established by the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable, and it celebrates innovations using green chemistry in Michigan.

Name: Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy
Started: 2015
Sponsored by: Michigan Energy Excellence
WWW: http://mienergyexcellence.org/
Notes: The program was established by the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable, and it celebrates innovations using green chemistry in Michigan.

Name: Neighborhood Partners Project Award
Started: 2004
Sponsored by: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
WWW: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-70153_70155_3585_57765_57804---,00.html
Notes: The program recognizes facilities, municipalities, and their community partners who have worked together to improve the environment in their community by implementing environmental projects.

Minnesota

Name: Minnesota Environmental Initiative Awards
Started: 1994
Sponsored by: Minnesota Environmental Initiative
WWW: http://www.environmental-initiative.org/our-work/environmentalinitiative-awards/about-the-awards
Notes: The Environmental Initiative Awards honor innovative projects that have achieved extraordinary environmental outcomes by harnessing the power of partnership. MEI believes that partnership is an effective way to find solutions to Minnesota's environmental problems. Many of Minnesota’s most innovative environmental projects have succeeded through collaboration, often involving partners from business, nonprofit, and government sectors. MEI established the Environmental Initiative Awards in 1994 to honor these projects and their many partners, to inspire other organizations to create similar successful projects, and to encourage innovative collaborative approaches to environmental problem solving. Awards are given in five categories: Energy and Climate Protection; Environmental Education; Green Building, Development, and Land Use; Green Business and Environmental Management; and Natural Resource Protection and Restoration.

Name: Minnesota Waste Wise Leaders Award
Started: 1994
Sponsored by: Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Waste Wise Foundation
WWW: http://www.mnwastewise.org/

Name: The Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Waste and Pollution Prevention
Started: 1991 - 2006
Sponsored by: Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Notes: This award appears to be discontinued in 2006.

Mississippi

None

Missouri

Name: Governor's Resources Award of Excellence
Started: 2014?
Sponsored by: Missouri Department of Natural Resources
WWW: http://dnr.mo.gov/governor-conference/gov-conf-awards.htm

Name: [Columbia] Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement Award Program
Started: 2014
Sponsored by: City of Columbia, Missouri Office of Sustainability
WWW: http://www.como.gov/sustainability/awards/
Notes: The award recognizes “excellence in sustainable practices demonstrated by local businesses and organizations” and promotes environmental responsibility.

Name: [Springfield] Choose Environmental Excellence Awards
Started: 2002
Sponsored by: City of Springfield, Missouri Environmental Resource Center
WWW: https://www.springfieldmo.gov/727/Choose-Environmental-Excellence

Montana

Name: EcoStar Awards
Started: 1996
Sponsored by: Montana Pollution Prevention Program
WWW: http://www.mtp2.org/ecostar.html
Notes: A P2 certification/recognition program. Includes energy efficiency and pollution prevention.

Nebraska

Name: Sustainable Business Awards
Started: 2015
Sponsored by: Nebraska Wastecap
WWW: http://www.wastecapne.org/

Name: Keep Nebraska Beautiful Environmental Awards
Started: 2015?
Sponsored by: Keep Nebraska Beautiful
WWW: http://www.knb.org/awards.html

Nevada

Name: Wendell McCurry Excellence in Water Quality Award
Started: 2000
Sponsored by: Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
WWW: http://ndep.nv.gov/admin/wendll_master.htm
Notes: The award is made each year to recognize those individuals, firms, organizations, and governmental entities that have made significant contributions to improving the quality of Nevada's water resources.

New Hampshire

Name: Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention
Started: 1994
Sponsored by: New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services P2 Program
WWW: http://des.nh.gov/organization/commissioner/p2au/pps/ppp/index.htm
Notes: Includes a technology category. Descriptions of eligible projects include energy efficiency and recycling.

New Jersey

Name: New Jersey Environmental Excellence Awards
Started: 1999
Sponsored by: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
WWW: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/eeawards/index.html
Notes: Categories include clean air, clean water, environmental education, environmental leadership, environmental stewardship, health ecosystems, innovative technology, land conservation, and safe & healthy communities.

New Mexico

Name: Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award
Started: 2015?
Sponsored by: New Mexico Environment Department
WWW: https://www.env.nm.gov/OOTS/GEEA/index.html

New York

Name: New York State Environmental Excellence Awards
Started: 1994
Sponsored by: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
WWW: http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/945.html
Notes: Started in 1994 as the New York State Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention, in 2004, incorporated into the Environmental Excellence Awards. Looks for projects that demonstrate innovation, sustainability, and partnership. Includes projects that address pollution prevention, waste reduction and recycling, stormwater management, watershed planning, energy efficiency, brownfield redevelopment, habitat protection and restoration, land conservation, and other environmental protection initiatives.

Name: New York Governor’s Awards for Pollution Prevention
Started: 1994 - 2003
Sponsored by: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Notes:  In 2004 this award was incorporated into the New York State Environmental Excellence Awards.

North Carolina

Name: [City of Raleigh] Environmental Award
Started: 2008
Sponsored by: City of Raleigh, NC
WWW: http://www.raleighnc.gov/environmentalawards
Notes: The City of Raleigh annual Environmental Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations that are good stewards of the environment in our community. To be eligible applicants must either be residents of or operate within the City of Raleigh, the Raleigh extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ), or the utility service area. Elected officials are not eligible while they are serving in public office.

North Dakota

Name: Greener North Dakota Award
Started: ?
Sponsored by: North Dakota Solid Waste Management Association
WWW: http://www.ndswra.org/symposium

Ohio

Name: Encouraging Environmental Excellence
Started: 1993-1999, 2012 to present
Sponsored by: Ohio EPA Office of Compliance and P2
WWW: http://www.epa.state.oh.us/ocapp/ohioe3.aspx#112302643-introduction
Notes: Reinstated award program in 2012.

Name: [Summit County, OH] Summit of Sustainability
Started: 2012
Sponsored by: Summit County, Ohio
WWW: http://summitofsustainability.org/general-info/
Notes: To be eligible applicants must be residents of or operate within Summit County, Ohio.

Name: Governor's Pollution Prevention Awards
Started: 1993-1999
Sponsored by: Ohio EPA Office of P2?
Notes: Does not appear to have been awarded since 1999

Name: Governor's Award for Excellence in Energy
Started: 1994 - ?
Sponsored by: Ohio Department of Development, Office of Energy Efficiency
Notes: Appears to have been discontinued.

Oklahoma

Name: Environmental Performance and Recognition Program
Started: ?
Sponsored by: Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality Customer Service Division Pollution Prevention Program
WWW: http://www.deq.state.ok.us/CSDnew/EPRP/whatis.htm
Notes: (http://www.deq.state.ok.us/CSDnew/P2/2002Award.PDF), which appears to have ceased in 2002.

Name: Environmental Excellence Award
Started: ?
Sponsored by: Keep Oklahoma Beautiful
WWW: http://www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com/environmental-excellence-competition

Name: [City of Tulsa] Henry Bellman Sustainability Awards
Started: ?
Sponsored by: Sustainable Tulsa and Tulsa Southside Rotary Club
WWW: http://bellmonawards.com/
Notes: Applicants in the City of Tulsa region.

Oregon

Name: Oregon Sustainability Awards
Started: 2015
Sponsored by: Business Oregon and the Office of the Governor
WWW: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Sustainability/
Notes: Any private, public or non-profit organization is eligible to apply.

Pennsylvania

Name: Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence (1994-1995 -- Governor's Waste Minimization Awards)
Started: 1996
Sponsored by: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Office of Pollution Prevention and Compliance Assistance (applications go here but the governor's office gets top billing on the application).
WWW: http://www.dep.pa.gov/About/Awards/Pages/default.aspx#.Vzx_4-RfXic

Name: Pennsylvania Sustainable Small Business Award
Started: 2015
Sponsored by: Center for Green Industries at Duquesne University
WWW: http://www.duq.edu/about/centers-and-institutes/center-for-green-industries/pa-sustainable-small-business-award

Rhode Island

None

South Carolina

Name: Governor's Pollution Prevention Award
Started: 1991 - ?  Program Ended
Sponsored by: The Technical Advisory Committee for the Hazardous Waste Management Research Fund (within the University of South Carolina Institute for Public Service and Policy Research)
Notes:  As of 2016 there is no information available about this award.

South Dakota

None

Tennessee

Name: Governor's Environmental Stewardship Awards 
Started: 1986
Sponsored by: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Supported by the Governor's Office
WWW: https://tn.gov/environment/topic/sp-gesa-governors-environmental-stewardship-awards
Notes: The awards are presented to individuals and organizations making significant contributions to the protection and improvement of Tennessee's natural resources and wildlife.

Texas

Name: Texas Environmental Excellence Awards
Started: 1993
Sponsored by: Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Presented on behalf of the Governor of Texas and the TNRCC Commissioners.
WWW: http://www.teea.org/

Utah

Name: Environmental Excellence Award
Started: 2010
Sponsored by: Sustain Utah
WWW: http://www.erefdn.org/galanominationleadsht.htm
Notes: $50,000 cash award. Nominations are sought internationally. Both individuals and corporations are eligible.

Name: Governor’s Excellence in Energy Award
Started: 2010
Sponsored by: Governor’s Office for Energy Development
WWW: http://energy.utah.gov/finalists-announced-governors-excellence-energy-awards/

Vermont

Name: Vermont Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence
Started: 1993
Sponsored by: Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
WWW: http://dec.vermont.gov/environmental-assistance/governors-awards