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Call for Nominations:  EPA's EJ Achievement Awards Due January 11, 2008

The US Environmental Protection Agency welcomes nominations for the Achievement in Environmental Justice Awards. Nominations must be postmarked by January 11, 2008.  

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.

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).  

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.  

The awards will be presented by the EPA Administrator during a special public, media-covered event in June 2008. EPA will pay for the travel and lodging expenses of the representative who will attend the EJ Achievement Awards ceremony and receive the award on behalf of the winning organizations.  

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 US that share a similar commitment to EJ excellence.  

For more information, visit: http://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.

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