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DENR Sustainability Awards

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources has sustainability policies, procedures, committees and awards. Moreover, DENR has dedicated and professional employees who have ideas about how to be more sustainable in the workplace and at home.

The first DENR sustainability awards were given in 2000 to DENR employees for a project, a procedure or a change that made the workplace more sustainable. In the last 10 years, more than 100 DENR employees have been nominated for Sustainability Awards. A nominations period for the DENR sustainability awards is given each fall.

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Sustainability Award is a registered State of North Carolina Government award. It is an award presented to individuals or groups committed to being role models and leaders in implementing the state’s initiatives for responsible environmental stewardship.

There are three award categories: Individual, Small Group Project and Large Group Project. First and second place awards are given out for each category. Nominations are made by a co-worker and/or supervisor for someone’s sustainability actions or a sustainability project that deserves recognition. An added benefit is that nominated sustainability projects are available to be copied by other agencies and offices, not just within the department.

Objective

The objective of the award is tohonor and recognize those individuals or groups who develop and implement sustainability initiatives that minimize the unwanted impacts on environmental quality and the use of natural resources that are a product of our daily activities, operations and projects.

Award Criteria

  1. Development and implementation of an innovative or existing sustainability practice in the workplace, which has measurable results and that preserves natural resources, conserves energy, eliminates waste and/or emissions, and/or lessens overall environmental impact and
  2. Has insured that other employees have access to environmental education relating to the project and its implementation and has worked to expand the initiative into other areas.

An e-mail will be sent out in the coming weeks with details on how to submit a nomination. To see the 2009 winners, go to the DENR Sustainability Team’s website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/sustainability/.

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The DENR Sustainability Team is composed of representatives from 27 DENR divisions, offices and programs. Its mission is "to inspire a culture of sustainability within DENR by promoting environmentally responsible actions." More information on DENR Sustainability is available at portal.ncdenr.org/web/sustainability/home
Information on sustainability in buildings and lands in North Carolina is available on the state sustainability team NC Project Green website, www.ncprojectgreen.org.
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