State Environmental Award Nominations Sought

Program recognizes environmental leaders

Frankfort, Ky. (May 27, 2016) –The Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is seeking nominations for the 2016 Environmental Excellence Awards. These awards were established to recognize the environmental leadership efforts and activities of individuals, businesses and organizations in the Commonwealth. The DEP awards are in their seventh year and are 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. “The department presents these awards as a way of showcasing the dedication of the Commonwealth’s environmental leaders, which in turn, inspires 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 beyond 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 June 30, 2016. 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, to be held in September 2016.

For more information about the awards program, KY EXCEL and to access a nomination form, visit or call the Division of Compliance Assistance at 502-564-2150.