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Vermont Governor's Awards for
Environmental Excellence

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.

Application Due Date February 2, 2015

Eligible Applicants

Applications for the Governorís 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.

Project Examples

  • 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

Eligible projects must:

  • 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 2012) 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,
  • Demonstration of Innovation, Sustainability, and/or Partnerships,
  • Transferability,
  • Cost and Economic Benefits, and
  • 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 more information, contact:

Gary Gulka


Telephone: 802-522-0215

Governor's Awards

Governor's Awards

Governor's Awards

Governor's Awards

Governor's Awards Ceremony
with Winners Descriptions,
Ceremony Program,
and Photos

2011 Governor's Awards ceremony link

Governor's Awards Ceremony
with Winners Descriptions,
Ceremony Program,
and Photos

Link to Recipients of the 2010 Vermont Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence & Pollution Prevention

Governor's Awards Ceremony

Recipients and Images

Link to Recipients of the 2009 Vermont Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence & Pollution Prevention

Governor's Awards

Award Winning Projects


2008 Governor's Awards winning projects.

Governor's Award

Recipients Brochure

2007 Governor's Awards winning projects.

Governor's Awards Ceremony


Slide show of Photographs
MS PowerPoint [35 MB]
Adobe PDF [4.6 MB]

Ceremony Brochure

Recipients Brochure

link to 2005 recipients brochure


Past Award Recipients
VT DEC Environmental Assistance Office 1 National Life Dr. - Davis 1  Montpelier, VT  05620-3704  Tele: 1-800-974-9559   Fax: 802-828-1011

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