The Loudoun County Environmental Commission is calling for nominations for the inaugural Environmental Excellence Awards, honoring individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and educators for their leadership on environmental issues. Each year, the awards will encourage a particular environmental theme; projects that promote that theme will be awarded bonus points. For 2023, the theme will be projects that specifically impact litter prevention, education or cleanup. Nominations for projects that focus on other areas of the environment are also welcome.
The nominations should include a brief overview of the project or person being nominated, information on how the project or person contributed to the preservation and protection of Loudoun County’s environment, what specific results have been achieved, whether the project is sustainable and what best practices can be learned from the initiative.
Nominations are being accepted in seven categories:
- Citizen or Community Group (examples: Nonprofit organization, club, faith-based group, etc.)
- Educator – Teacher or School employee
- Government Employee or Program/Team
- Large Business (over 100 employees)
- Lifetime Achievement (Individual)
- Small Business (under 100 employees)
- Student – Individual or Group
People and projects should be nominated for activities that took place between January 2022 and February 2023, with the exception of the Lifetime Achievement award.
The deadline for nominations is February 28, 2023. Winners will be notified in March with presentation of the awards scheduled for April.
Nominations will be evaluated and scored in the following areas:
- 50 Points – Environmental Impact - What are the tangible environmental benefits of the initiative or activities? How have they been measured? Provide specific metrics that support and are relevant to the initiative.
- 30 Points – Innovation / Uniqueness of the Initiative - What makes this initiative innovative? What is the person/organization doing to solve this environmental problem and why is this initiative unique? How viable and sustainable is this initiative?
- 20 Points – Transferability, Sharing of Insights and Best Practices - What are the best practices learned from the initiative? How are the best practices being shared? How far-reaching is the scope of the initiative? Can these activities be shared with other groups across the county to multiply the positive outcomes achieved?
- Candidates or projects that specifically impact the litter prevention, education, or clean up theme; will be awarded 5 bonus points.
The Loudoun County Environmental Commission was created by the Board of Supervisors in 2021 to advise the Board and make recommendations on policies and practices related to the environment, sustainability and energy management. Members of the commission include representation from the community, industry and higher education.
Anyone interested in environmental- and energy-related news from the Loudoun County government may subscribe to the Environment & Energy category available from the Notify Me/New Flash section of the Loudoun County website.
Information about the county’s efforts to build a concrete, sustainable environmental planning strategy for the health, safety and welfare of Loudoun residents and businesses is also available at loudoun.gov/environment.
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