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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Media Center
DATE: January 30, 2009
CONTACT: James Martin, (603) 271-3710

Apply for the 2009 Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) Pollution Prevention Program is accepting applications for the 15th Annual Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention.

The Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention recognizes businesses and other organizations for their outstanding pollution prevention accomplishments. Award recipients will be recognized for specific programs that go beyond regulatory requirements to reduce or eliminate the generation of waste. Qualified applicants must be in compliance with state and federal environmental laws, and their pollution prevention efforts must be voluntary.

The applications will be evaluated by an outside panel of judges representing industry, environmental organizations, trade associations, and government. Judges will evaluate pollution prevention projects that reduce the use, generation, or release of pollutants at the source; increase efficiency in the use of raw materials, energy, water, or another resource; protect natural resources using conservation techniques; and measure the project's success, level of commitment and leadership in pollution prevention.

Winners will receive a hand-cut New Hampshire granite trophy, and public recognition in press releases and trade papers. Awards will be presented to the winners in the fall of 2009.

The winners of the 2008 Governor’s Award offered these comments on what winning the award meant to their respective companies:
Southeastern Container’s General Manager, John Fischer said: "Winning the Governor’s Pollution Prevention Award was definitely one of the finest achievements that the employees at Southeastern Container have ever collectively attained. This is because to make the plant environmental program a winner, everyone at all levels needed to do their part to get the results necessary to make a real difference in reducing our environmental footprint. To be recognized by the Governor’s Office and NHDES for all the hard work needed to make our business more sustainable made it a real worthwhile experience that other companies should seriously consider."

Tom Blake of Anheuser Busch agreed: "Kudos to the NHPPP for providing a means for companies to be publicly recognized for their employees’ pollution prevention accomplishments. Our employees are always looking for ways to operate more efficiently and be better stewards of the environment. It’s nice to be acknowledged with a "thank you" in the form of the NH Governor’s Award for Pollution Prevention."

Applications for the 15th Annual Governor's Award for Pollution Prevention are due June 5, 2009. For an application or for more information, visit and select Governor’s Award from the A-Z list, call 1-800-273-9469 or email

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