The promotional products industry is full of company's that have adopted ecologically friendly practices. From changes in office behavior and recycling practices to full-bore revamps of manufacturing methods and materials used, I think it is safe to say the “green” industry is bigger than U.S. Steel (name that movie reference).
So, in an effort to help some companies get credit where credit is due, I bring you the Annual Environmental Merit Awards. Technically, the Environmental Protection Agency is hosting and judging the awards, but I'm not sure that the EPA really sends many press releases to the promotional products industry. That's my job.
I'd love to hear if anyone enters.
EPA Seeks Nominations for Annual Environmental Merit Awards
The EPA, Washington, is now accepting nominations for the 2010 Environmental Merit Awards, which will recognize environmental achievements during the past year. Award categories are available for individuals, businesses, state and local governments, and other organizations. Awards are also given under a lifetime achievement category.
These awards have been given out annually since the EPA was created in 1970. This year’s awards will mark the 40th anniversary of Earth Day and of the creation of the EPA. Past recipients have included scientists, community activists, business representatives, public officials and other individuals committed to preserving the environment. The deadline for nominations is March 1.
An independent EPA panel will select the winners based on the following criteria: long-term effects on the environment; ability to address an environmental problem or need; collaboration with others; ability of the program or accomplishments to be widely shared; clarity and effectiveness of the presentation; and promotion of innovative ideas or techniques.
The awards are given in four categories: individual; business, industry, trade and professional organization; local, state or federal government; and environmental, community or nonprofit organization. Awards winners will be invited to a ceremony this spring in Boston.
For nomination forms and more information on Environmental Merit Awards, visit http://www.epa.gov/ne/ra/ema/.