The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present their 10th annual Clean Air Excellence Awards for 2009. They will honor 14 organizations and an individual that have reduced pollution, promoted environmental education and created green products and jobs in the U.S.A..
It is exciting to see people and organizations honored for their efforts to help keep air clean. Knowing that they make a difference in the air we breathe means a lot. A single person can make an effort – and that one person can help so many breathe a lot easier. It is a profound thought to realize just how much these fifteen honorees have done for the U.S.A. – and beyond to help others enjoy the fine benefits of clean air.
The 2009 award winners were chosen from 124 applicants. They come from several categories: clean air technology, education/outreach, regulatory policy, innovation and transportation efficiency. Additionally two special awards will be given for outstanding individual achievement and overall environmental excellence.
The two additional awards are:
The Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award. Given to one individual for outstanding achievement, demonstrated leadership and a commitment to promoting clean air and helping with better air quality.
Gregg Cooke Visionary Program Award. This award recognizes an outstanding project or program for environmental excellence in one of five award categories (i.e., clean air technology, community action, education/outreach, regulatory/policy innovations, and transportation efficiency innovations.)
Congratulations to the award winners and thank you for all you have done to help others breathe clean air and to lead greener lives. You have made a great difference!