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Nominations will be accepted from individuals, organizations institutions or businesses. You may nominate yourself or your company/organization as well as another company, individual, institution, or organization that you believe is worthy of recognition. In addition, all applicants/projects must:

Be located in New Jersey; be active within the year prior to their application submission date (information about additional related experience is welcome); and, agree to have their project shared with others through a written description to appear in the awards program, press materials and on the GEEA website.

Third-party nominations must be accompanied by a written authorization from the nominated party agreeing to be considered for the award.

The DEP, other State agencies and state employees are ineligible for awards and cannot submit award applications.

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All applicants must address the following five judging criteria. The answer to each criterion may not exceed one typewritten page.

Quantify the overall environmental benefits of this program/project or individual accomplishment over the past year or most recent 12-month period for which data exists. For example: amount of pollution prevented; resources or energy conserved; acres preserved; tonnage recycled, etc. It is to the applicant’s benefit to be as specific and thorough as possible.

2. MEETING NEEDS (20 points)
Describe how this program/project or individual accomplishment contributes to the environmental needs of the State. Reference such issues as: originality, effectiveness, risks that were overcome and whether the project is a component of a larger comprehensive plan.

Describe how this program/project or individual has impacted the business, community, school/district, region or State, long-term. Describe how easily the project can be replicated in other locations or by other people.

Describe this program/project or individual shows leadership and has taken steps beyond “traditional” environmental protection efforts.

Describe what education and/or outreach activities were undertaken in association with this project for affected individuals, employees, students/faculty, stakeholders, contractors, consultants, community, etc.

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Groups of reviewers comprised of professionals from the Department of Environmental Protection will evaluate the applications. Each of the judging criteria has an associated point value identified in the section above. The total number of points possible for each application is 100. Applications will only be scored on the answers to the five judging criteria.

A maximum of three additional pages of supporting materials such as articles, letters and photos, will be accepted.

The Department reserves the right not to give an award in any category if no outstanding nominations are received. All decisions of the judges are final.

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Applications must be received by DEP staff by Friday, September 29, at 5 pm. Applications can be submitted by email or mail.

  • Electronic submissions should be sent to Marc Rogoff at OR
  • One copy of the application should be mailed to:

  • Attention:  Marc Rogoff
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
    Office of Communications
    Mail Code 401-07
    401 East State Street
    P.O. Box 402
    Trenton, New Jersey 08625

  • If you have questions about the application or awards program, please call Tanya Oznowich at (609)984-9802 OR email
  • All applications become public information

  • Applicants will be notified about award decisions in November or early December

  • The awards ceremony will take place in December in Trenton

  • Award winners will be asked to bring a poster display to the ceremony that showcases their efforts and to submit 3 slides that can be used during the ceremony

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Awards are available in each of the categories listed below. You must identify the category of your nomination on the application form.

CLEAN AIR - Nominees in this category should demonstrate a commitment to and experience in one or more of the following areas and activities:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions or equivalents through energy efficiency projects or green power purchases.
  • Reducing air pollution emissions and/or reducing outdoor exposure to toxic air contaminants.
  • Reducing air deposition loading to land and water.

WATER RESOURCES - Nominees in this category should demonstrate a positive influence in one or more of the following areas and activities:

  • Improving surface or ground water quality.
  • Ensuring sufficient quantities of water through reuse and conservation techniques.
  • Promoting or developing progressive land use policies and watershed management approaches to improve protection of surface and groundwater sources.

HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS - Nominees in this category should demonstrate a commitment to and experience in programs or techniques that have resulted in the restoration, protection and enhancement of the State's ecological resources. These include wetlands, estuaries and coastal areas, as well as non-game and/or threatened and endangered species.

INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY - Nominees in this category should demonstrate the use or deployment of a new or alternative method, procedure, process, system or facility, which results in greater environmental protection than other technologies in current practice or comparable results at lower costs in terms of energy, natural resources or environmental impacts.

LAND CONSERVATION - Nominees in this category should demonstrate a commitment to and experience in the preservation of open space that protects land from future development.

HEALTHY & SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES and HEALTHY & SUSTAINABLE BUSINESSES - Nominees in this category should demonstrate a commitment to, and experience in, any of the following activities:

  • Any activity addressing issues such as pollution/waste reduction, recycling, land use, local purchasing, sustainability, resource conservation or product stewardship.
  • Innovative practices or technologies that have resulted in the private or public sector cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated/brownfields sites.
  • Creation of community-based initiatives that foster involvement, action and effective solutions to the adverse effects of industrial pollution in overburdened and low-income communities.
  • Municipalities participating in the Sustainable JerseyTM Program, should note this in their application.
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION/EDUCATOR-LED and STUDENT-LED PROJECTS - Nominees in these two categories should demonstrate implementation of a program or project that has measurable positive impacts in environmental protection and education. One award will be given to an adult educator and one will be given to students/youth in grades K-12 (student involvement must be emphasized).

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