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EPA Calls for Award Nominations

Here’s a great award to kick off the new year: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is seeking nominations for their Achievement in Environmental Justice Awards. The deadline is coming up soon – nominations must be postmarked by January 11, 2008.

Organizations should be nominated for their achievement in addressing environmental justice issues or achieving the goals of environmental justice in a manner that results in positive impacts to a community. The award competition will be open to all organizations within the United States. The nominated entity must have achieved a significant milestone or accomplishment within the past five years (2002-2007). National awards for achievements in environmental justice will be given to organizations in 5 categories: academic institutions, community-based organizations, non-governmental and environmental organizations, State and local government organizations, and Tribal government and indigenous organizations.

Nominated entities should address six selection criteria which reflect the goals of addressing environmental justice issues in a way that positively affects the community. The criteria are: (1) innovation; (2) community responsibility; (3) community, equity, and public involvement; (4) partnerships and collaboration; (5) integration; and (6) demonstrated results, effectiveness, and sustainability.

Award winners will receive national recognition for their significant EJ achievements. EPA will publish a feature article in the Environmental Justice Quarterly newsletter focusing on the selected award recipients. Award winners will also be featured on the Office of Environmental Justice’s Web site. National recognition may also open doors for the award winners to network and partner with other organizations across the U.S. that share a similar commitment to EJ excellence.

For more information, visit: www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/ej/ej-achieve-flyer.pdf or contact Lisa Hammond at (202) 564-0736 or at hammond.lisa@epa.gov.

Amy Lang
Amy Lang is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at the University of British Columbia. She wrote her dissertation on British Columbia’s groundbreaking Citizens’ Assembly process, and is currently doing follow-up research on the Ontario Citizens’ Assembly.

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