The Department of Environmental Protection recognizes your involvement with projects that positively impacted the environment and encourages you to apply and submit your project for the 2021 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

“These awards bring much-deserved recognition to environmental stewards who, project by project, improve Pennsylvania,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Whether they’re boots on the ground or creators of innovative solutions that help lead us in new directions in environmental protection, their work greatly benefits all of us in the Commonwealth.”

The 2021 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization, and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship. Individuals and organizations are invited to apply for the 2021 Awards for projects completed prior to the application window opening, on October 13, 2020.

Complete instructions and applications for the award can be found on the DEP website:

Applications should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Monday, December 21st, 2020.

Awardees will be notified in the spring of 2021. Please share this email with other environmental stewards working toward a resilient future for Pennsylvania, and encourage them to apply!

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence have been presented since 1996. Last year DEP received over 60 applications from private businesses, non-profits, schools, universities, local governments, and state institutions. These projects increased energy efficiency, reduced emissions, helped restore watersheds, provided environmental education opportunities, utilized smart growth in planning and design, and accomplished a variety of other conservation goals in both energy and natural resources.

Questions regarding the Award or application should be directed to [email protected].