Environmental Excellence Awards accepting nominations for outstanding environmental leadership

Nominations accepted until July 15

Frankfort, Ky. (June 3, 2015) ––The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is soliciting nominations for the 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards. SassafrasThese awards were established to recognize the environmental leadership efforts and activities of individuals, businesses and organizations in the state. The DEP awards are in their sixth year and coordinated by the Division of Compliance Assistance to support the mission of recognizing and encouraging environmental stewardship in Kentucky.

 “The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection is pleased, once again, to sponsor the Environmental Excellence Awards,” said R. Bruce Scott, DEP commissioner. “These awards are given to spotlight the positive examples provided by environmental leaders in the Commonwealth, which inspire others to protect Kentucky’s environment and conserve our precious resources.”

The awards include three Environmental Pacesetter awards to recognize exemplary efforts to protect the environment, conserve resources and set an example of environmental stewardship. The Community Environmental Luminary Award highlights achievements in community-based environmental education and outreach. The Resource Caretaker Award focuses on efforts to conserve Kentucky’s resources. The KY EXCEL Champion Award recognizes a KY EXCEL member who has shown leadership in promoting positive environmental behaviors and the KY EXCEL program.

Launched by DEP in 2006, KY EXCEL is a voluntary environmental leadership program that recognizes efforts to improve and protect Kentucky’s environment above and beyondWild Flower the state’s environmental requirements and is open to any individual, organization, community or business.

Award nominations are being accepted until close of business on July 15, 2015. Winners will be notified by mid-August and invited to the awards presentation scheduled during this year’s Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment, which will be held on Sept. 8 – 9, 2015.

For more information about the awards program, KY EXCEL and to access a nomination form, visit http://dca.ky.gov/complianceassistance/Pages/EnvironmentalExcellenceAwards.aspx

or call the Division of Compliance Assistance toll-free at 800-926-8111.