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Call for Nominations for DEP’s Northwest District
2017 Environmental Stewardship Achievement Awards

~ Nominate a deserving organization by Nov. 3 ~

Northwest Florida –DEP’s Northwest District Office is excited to announce a call for nominations for its annual Environmental Stewardship Awards Program which recognizes those who are working alongside DEP to safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.

The program recognizes businesses, professional and community organizations, and local governments within DEP's Northwest District for proactive, innovative and exceptional achievements to prevent or reduce impacts on the environment beyond measures required by permit or rule. To be considered for recognition, participants must demonstrate significant and measurable achievements that provide a direct benefit to our environment in one or more of the following categories:

  • Reducing environmental impacts
  • Conserving resources
  • Enhancing ecosystems
  • Restoring impacts

Additional criteria that will be considered:

  • An organizational culture of environmental stewardship;
  • Continuous improvement and growth of environmental programs;
  • Environmental education and outreach components;
  • Innovation and exceptional achievement in environmental stewardship.

To nominate a deserving organization, or to be considered for recognition, please complete the nomination form and include any supporting documents demonstrating environmental stewardship efforts, including the criteria outlined above, by close of business Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Submissions can be made by mail or email. Please review the program rules and instructions for details on how to apply.

Winners will be recognized at the Northwest District's annual Open House on Dec. 7, 2017. Learn about our 2016 award winners here.

Please contact Brandy Smith at brandy.m.smith@dep.state.fl.us or 850-595-0695 with any questions.