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Awards: EPA Clean Air Excellence

November 2

Applications for EPA’s Clean Air Excellence Awards Now Being Accepted

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. Through this program, EPA recognizes and honors individuals and organizations whose efforts have helped to make progress in achieving cleaner air. The award recipients are selected for developing innovative, replicable, and sustainable programs; serving as pioneers in their fields; and improving air quality either directly or indirectly through reduced emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and/or greenhouse gases.

If your work falls into any of the award categories, please consider applying for one of these prestigious awards. In addition, please help us spread the word by forwarding this information to other organizations and individuals who may be interested and encouraging other good candidates to apply.

The five awards categories are: (1) Clean Air Technology; (2) Community Action; (3) Education/Outreach (4) State/Tribal/Local Air Quality Policy Innovations; and (5) Transportation Efficiency Innovations. In addition, the Clean Air Excellence Award Program will recognize two special award categories: (1) the Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award, honoring a former EPA Regional Administrator, is given to the air quality project or program that successfully blends two or more of the existing awards categories; and (2) the Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, honoring a former member of the CAAAC and environmental leader at 3M, recognizes one individual for their outstanding achievement, leadership, and lasting commitment to promote clean air and achieve better air quality.

Applications must be emailed or postmarked by November 2, 2018. Applicants are strongly encouraged to send their entries electronically to Catrice Jefferson (jefferson.catrice@epa.gov). EPA will also accept hard copies of applications mailed to Catrice Jefferson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Air and Radiation, 6103A, Room 5442-Q,1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20460. EPA will announce winners in 2019.

Clean Air Excellence Awards Criteria

Entries will be judged based on both general criteria and criteria specific to each individual category. The following general criteria will be used in assessing each entry:

  • The entry directly or indirectly (i.e., by encouraging actions) reduces emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and/or greenhouse gases.
  • The entry is innovative and unique.
  • The entry provides a model for others to follow (i.e., it is replicable).
  • The entry’s positive outcomes are continuing/sustainable.

Although not required to win an award, the following general criteria will also be considered in the judging process:

  • The entry has positive effects on environmental media other than air.
  • The entry demonstrates effective collaboration and partnerships.
  • The individual or organization submitting the entry has effectively measured/evaluated the outcomes of the project, program, or technology.

Award Categories

There are five general categories for which you may enter a program, project, or technology.

Clean Air TechnologyThis category applies to technological developments (including products or processes) that reduce criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and/or greenhouse gases from either stationary, mobile, or area sources.

Community ActionThis category applies to community partnership efforts that directly or indirectly (i.e., by encouraging actions) reduce emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and/or greenhouse gases.

Education/OutreachThis category applies to efforts to educate and/or disseminate information to the intended targeted audience(s) about air quality and related issues.

State/Tribal/Local Air Quality Policy InnovationsThis category applies to regulatory or policy initiatives and programs implemented across all levels (e.g., state, tribal, local, government, industry, non-profit) related to criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and/or greenhouse gases.

Transportation Efficiency InnovationsThis category applies to programs and projects that make transportation systems more efficient and reduce criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants, and/or greenhouse gases in the process.                                                                                                                     

In addition to the five award categories described above, the Clean Air Excellence Awards Program includes two special award categories.

Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, honoring a former member of EPA’s Clean Air Act Advisory Committee (CAAAC) and environmental leader at 3M. This category recognizes up to one individual for outstanding achievement, demonstrated leadership, and a lasting commitment to promoting clean air and helping to achieve better air quality.  The candidate should be an innovative leader in his or her field and demonstrate a lifetime of achievement in promoting clean air.  Candidates for this award must be nominated by a third party.

Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award, honoring a former EPA Regional Administrator. This award recognizes the air quality project or program that most successfully blends aspects from two or more of the existing awards categories (i.e., Clean Air Technology, Community Action, Education/Outreach, Regulatory/Policy Innovations, and Transportation Efficiency Innovations).

Read award specific criteria.

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November 2