Apply for a Governor's Award

2018 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence Application (MS Word Doc)

*** Due June 13, 2018 ***


Eligible Applicants

Applications for the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence are encouraged from:

  • Business, Industry, and Trade or Professional Organizations,
  • Non-Profit and Community Organizations,
  • Individuals,
  • Educational Institutions, and
  • Local, State, or Federal Government.

Examples of Eligible Projects:

  • Innovative energy conservation projects that measurably reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Pollution prevention projects that reduce or eliminate the generation of pollutants and waste at the source, including toxics use reduction efforts.
  • Projects that conserve resources and protect the environment by minimizing resource consumption through reduced use, reuse, and recycling.
  • Projects that improve stewardship of Vermont’s natural resources (e.g., forest land, watershed management, wildlife habitat, air resources, and high quality recreational lands).
  • Innovative projects that inform and educate Vermonters about environmentally responsible practices leading to behavior change that enhances environmental quality.
  • Ecosystem and/or habitat restoration projects.
  • Innovative land use management/planning projects that create ecological and environmental benefits.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be located in Vermont,
  • Have been initiated within the past three years and have been fully operational for one year. NOTE: Long term projects (i.e., those initiated prior to 2014) may be considered if a new measurable environmental benefit has been achieved in the past three years and/or the project has served as a model for other successful projects, and
  • Be submitted by an applicant in good standing with environmental laws and regulations with no formal enforcement actions within the past three years. Compliance history will be considered, however, the compliance record of a parent company will not prevent an applicant from a local/regional facility from being considered.

Application Review Criteria

Applications will be subject to a thorough screening process that will involve an eligibility review, program/technical review, and a compliance review. Applications will then be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources. The panel will submit a list of recommended projects to the Secretary for a final determination. Due to the wide variety of projects that may be considered, certain review criteria may be more significant than others for a particular project.

Review criteria are:
  • Measurable Environmental Benefits (including environemntal justice)
  • Demonstration of Innovation, Sustainability, Enand/or Partnerships
  • Cost and Economic Benefits
  • Advancement of Environmental Education

Application Process

All submittals must follow the instructions on the application form. Only applications submitted in the required format will be considered. The submittal must be done electronically in a format compatible with one of these listed. Application Instructions and Forms are available by clicking one of the formats listed below.

For questions about the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, please email Catherine Craig.

Agency of Natural Resources
Department of Environmental Conservation
Environmental Assistance Office

Main Building - 2nd Floor
One National Life Drive
Montpelier, VT 05620-3803
800-974-9559

Environmental Assistance Contact Information