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Shapiro Administration Invites Applicants for the 2024 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence


Harrisburg, PA – The Shapiro Administration invites all Pennsylvanians who have recently worked on a successful environmental project to apply for the 2024 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, the state’s top environmental honor.

Any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, or nonprofit organization that has developed or participated in a project that promotes environmental protection and stewardship in the Commonwealth may apply.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) oversees the award selection process, evaluating projects on eight criteria: commitment to protecting the environment, partnership, environmental education and outreach, economic impact, innovation, climate change, sustainability, and environmental justice. The Governor’s Office will then select the awardees.

“We’re looking to uplift individuals and entities who have advanced environmental protection, education, and justice in the Commonwealth,” said Interim Acting Secretary Jessica Shirley. “These awards highlight forward-thinking organizations that are changing the environmental landscape. I encourage all environmental stewards to apply. Nominating a person or an organization will help showcase the many ways Pennsylvanians are improving and protecting the environment.”

Projects must have been completed between October 11, 2022 and October 31, 2023.

Applications are submitted online. Find more information on eligibility and the application at the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. DEP will accept applications through Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at 5:00PM.

Twenty-one businesses, non-profits, schools, and agencies earned the 2023 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. Awardees achieved a number of accomplishments, including developing environmental planning tools, creating sustainability programs, fostering environmental education, and restoring streams and natural areas.

For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s website, or follow DEP on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.


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