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ENVY award nominations due March 16
ENVY award nominations due March 16

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award, the agency’s annual recognition of citizens or organizations for their efforts to protect and enhance the state’s environment. Nomination packets must be postmarked by March 16, 2012, in order to be considered for the award, which will be presented at the April 26, 2012, regular meeting of the Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology commission.

The “ENVY Award” was established in 2005 to honor a major contribution by an individual or organization involving environmental stewardship activities in Arkansas.

The award recipient will be selected from among the entries in five different categories of environmental-related activities or concepts: Innovation, Green Government, Environmental Education and Outreach, Environmental Improvement or Enhancement, and Sustainability.

The Innovation category concerns environmental management efforts which break new ground in protecting resources, particularly involving new or unique programs or activities which utilize methods, technologies, materials, or implementations that go beyond “traditional” environmental control measures.

Efforts by state or local government employees or agencies to improve their own operations or benefit their stakeholders will be the focus of the Green Government category.

The Environmental Education and Outreach category is for programs and special projects which promote effective environmental education and outreach efforts aimed at citizens, schools, civic groups, and communities as a whole.

Activities which have had a positive impact on the quality of the environment in Arkansas are included in the Environmental Improvement or Enhancement category. Watershed improvements, mine reclamations, wetlands construction, Brownfields projects, and industrial site redevelopment and reuse are among the types of activities to be considered for nominations.

The Sustainability category concerns projects or programs which minimize the environmental impact of various activities through efforts such as recycling or reuse programs, pollution prevention, energy conservation, or waste minimization.

ADEQ Director Teresa Marks will appoint a panel of judges to narrow the entries to a group of finalists from which the ENVY Award winner will then be chosen. Each finalist will also receive recognition by the ADEQ.   

Nomination packets should be addressed to: ENVY Award Packet, Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock, AR 72118. More information on the criteria for the award and a paper nomination packet can be obtained by contacting Andrea Hopkins in the ADEQ’s Public Outreach and Assistance (POA) Division, telephone, 501-682-0820; e-mail, hopkins@adeq.state.ar.us or by accessing the link in the “Hot Topics” box on the agency’s Internet web site at www.adeq.state.ar.us. An electronic copy of the nomination packet for the award is available on the web site.

ADEQ employees and programs are not eligible for the award.