Your Chance to Recognize Environmental Stewards

Call for nominations now through July 1.

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 14, 2019) – The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Awards of Excellence. The awards will be presented during the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment Sept. 20 at the Lexington Convention Center.

The Energy and Environment Awards of Excellence are presented in 13 categories and are selected by an independent committee. Those selected to be honored will receive their awards during the conference luncheon.

The deadline for all nominations is July 1, 2019. The awards for public nominations include:

The Secretary’s Award 
Awarded by the Office of the Secretary, this is given to a person, business, municipality or non-governmental organization that has demonstrated long-term leadership and commitment to sustainability, environmental protection, or conservation of natural resources, or who has been responsible for the development of energy resources. Access the nomination form here.

Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award 
Nominations for this award can include a person, company or organization that has made great strides in conserving energy, improving energy efficiency, and/or finding alternative energy sources in Kentucky. Access the nomination form here. Please email or send nominations to Susie Paul, DEDI, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Ky., 40601.

The Department for Environmental Protection will present four awards:
1. Environmental Pacesetter Award
This award winner must have made exemplary and innovative efforts to protect the environment and to set an example of environmental stewardship for the Commonwealth. Special consideration will be given to nominees that demonstrate a comprehensive approach to environmental issues and that highlight the relationship between environmental, social and economic benefits. Access the nomination form here.

  1. Resource Caretaker Award
    Nominees for this award should include those who have helped conserve Kentucky’s natural resources, and may include efforts that revitalized underutilized or contaminated land, or that involved land management and preservation, habitat restoration, recycling programs, pollution prevention, water-use reductions, or energy efficiency. Nominate someone here.
  2. Community Environmental Luminary Award
    This award recognizes achievements in community-based environmental education and outreach. This may include mentoring activities or organized efforts to educate others about natural environments and, particularly, how human behavior impacts the ecosystem. Nominations should identify the benefits to local or regional target areas. Find the nomination form here.
  3. KY EXCEL Champion Award 
    This award recognizes a KY EXCEL member that demonstrates outstanding stewardship and helps create positive benefits for Kentucky’s environment. Nominees must be currently active KY EXCEL members and should highlight activities that may include energy conservation, air quality improvement, waste reduction, or environmental stewardship programs. Nominate here.

Other awards to be presented at the Governor’s Conference on Energy & the Environment include:
Award for Excellence in Reclamation
Award for Excellence in Mine Safety
Award for Excellence in Abandoned Mine Lands Reclamation
The Outstanding Kentucky Forest Steward Award
The Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund Stewardship Award
The Kentucky Nature Preserves Biodiversity Award

Learn more about the conference on the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s website.