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DEP Opens Nomination Period for 2019 Awards –Application Deadline is Oct. 4

The Morris County Board of Freeholders urges the county’s academic, environmental, business, science, government, non-profit and youth sectors to showcase their environmental accomplishments by submitting nominations to the state DEP for the 2019 Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards.Morris Residents, Schools, Biz, Scouts Encouraged to Apply for Gov's Environmental Excellence Awards

The annual awards recognize outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects by businesses, communities, educators, individuals, institutions, organizations and youth from around New Jersey. Since its establishment in 2000, the program has honored 179 winners for their environmental achievements.

There have been several winners from Morris County in recent year, including Parsippany based Wyndham Worldwide as winner in the Sustainable Businesses Category, Morris County government in the Land Conservation category for the Morris County Flood Mitigation Program, and the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee won in the Water Conservation category for its watershed protection and restoration efforts.

“Residents of Morris County value our natural lands, clean water, and habitats for animal and plant species that are available in Morris County. That is why this freeholder board continues to fund our open space trust fund, to provide green spaces that are so valuable to our quality of life’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana. “We encourage our schools and businesses and environmental and civic groups to show off their efforts in this state competition.’’

Nominations may be submitted through Friday, Oct. 4 in the categories of Climate Change and Clean Air, Water Resources, Health Ecosystems and Habitats, Land Conservation, Healthy and Sustainable Communities, Healthy and Sustainable Businesses, and two categories in Environmental Education: Educator-Led and Student-Led Projects.

The excellence awards program is sponsored by the DEP, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (I-Bank) and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology. Award winners will be honored at a luncheon in December.

Morris Residents, Schools, Biz, Scouts Encouraged to Apply for Gov's Environmental Excellence Awards

(l/r) DEP Commissioner Bob Martin, Jeff Esquillo and Bill Paterson of Wyndham Worldwide, and NJEIT Exec Director David Zimmer at 2016 awards ceremony

“Those who safeguard New Jersey’s environment are deserving of special recognition … for the many projects across the state that are nominated for both their innovation and success in conservation and environmental protection,” said David Zimmer, Executive Director of the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank.

Completed applications for the 2019 awards program must be received by the DEP by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4.

For a 2019 nominating application and other awards information, visit

To learn more about the program, call DEP employee Tanya Oznowich at (609) 984-9802 or email [email protected].