Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence

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Governor Phil Scott

The Vermont Governor's Awards were established in 1993 to recognize the actions taken by Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. To date, more than 200 award-winning efforts of Vermont individuals, organizations, institutions, public agencies, and businesses have been recognized. These projects contribute significantly to protecting the environment, conserving energy and reducing the production of greenhouse gases. Together they have created a green and sustainable business culture, and advanced environmental education on all fronts.

Past Award Recipients

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Congratulations to the 2016 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence Recipients

Addison County Solid Waste Mangement District

ACSWMD is creating a recycling facility and new tip wall to provide maximum flexibility in meeting goals of the Universal Recycling Law (Act 148).

Boardman Hill Solar Farm

Boardman Hill Solar Farm pioneered an innovative 150 kW community solar concept in West Rutland, which is in the process of being replicated in other Vermont communities.

Global Foundries– Chiller Optimization

Global Foundries implemented three chiller related projects to enhance the overall energy efficiency of the site, reduce the use of HCFCs, and reduce the use of ethylene glycols.

Global Foundries- Polish Process  Optimization

Reduced chemical use in semi-conductor chip making processes to save $90K per year in chemicals, saving 1.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, eliminating 360 tons of chemicals, saving 3.1 million gallons of water, and eliminating 600 tons of waste.

Lyndon Furniture

Decreased the use of toxic substances and waste generated by switching to a chemical-free furniture stripper that reduced their waste by over 2000 pounds per year, reducing overall waste generation by over 50%, toxics use by 76% and reducing emissions by 70%.

St. Johnsbury Academy

Advanced environmental education, reduced the environmental impact and reduced costs and enabling students to install five solar photovoltaic systems in partnership with a donor and a local business.

Stowe Farmers Market

Partnered with Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District (LRSWMD) to separate waste and compost and reduce the weekly volume for 2,500 visitors’ farmer’s market trash going to the landfill by 50%. 

Teens Reaching Youth (TRY) for the Environment

Partnerships between the Lamoille Regional Solid Waste Management District (LRSWMD) and UVM Extension 4-H Teen & Leadership Program reduced food waste:  in six weeks, teams saw the overall amount of trash generated decrease by 20% and recovered 43% of compostable material that had previously been going to the trash.

Vermont Energy Education Program

Increased awareness and understanding of energy science and the environmental impacts of energy production, reaching more than 1/3 of all Vermont schools with at least one program.

Vermont Foodbank

Food rescue initiatives have diverted 4,157,711 pounds of waste into consumable food, and the close partnership between the Foodbank and ANR gained national recognition for this work.


Waste diversion program diverted more than 23,000 pounds of plywood, fiberboard and veneer scraps from the waste stream to partners around the state, including non-profit ReSOURCE, Green Mountain Drums, the Vermont Woodworking School and Atlantic Plywood.

Harwood Union High School

Collected data that show existing conditions in the nearby brook and proposed a plan to minimize stormwater runoff into the brook.

Mad River Valley TV

Received a grant from The Vermont Community Foundation to produce the film, “The Mad River: It’s Our River, and Yours.”

(Tre') Richard M. Diemer, III

Mater Christi School

Eliminated the use of plastic water bottles by receiving a grant to purchase water bottle refilling stations. Also installed and implemented a new recycling sorting station and composting system in the cafeteria.

2016 Award Recipients
2015 Award Recipients
2014 Award Recipients
2013 Award Recipients
2012 Award Recipients

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