MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morris County residents, schools and businesses with "green" achievements are encouraged to apply for the 2018 Governor's Environmental Excellence Award Program.

The excellence awards honor outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects from around the state.

“Residents of Morris County value environmental consciousness, and understand the benefits of protecting our precious natural lands and clean water supply, and the benefits of bringing that consciousness to our schools and work places,’’ said Freeholder Director Doug Cabana.

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Any person, business, institution, community, organization, educator, and youth groups who believe they have made significant contributions to protecting the environment are encouraged to apply. Applications are due by October 5.

Since its establishment in 2000, the program has honored 170 winners, including several from Morris County, for their environmental achievements. In 2014, the Morris County government won the Governor's Award in the land conservation category for the Morris County Flood Mitigation Program. In 2013, The Whippany River Watershed Action Committee won in the water conservation category for its
watershed protection and restoration efforts. In 2015,  Parsippany based Wyndham Worldwide was named the winner in the Sustainable Businesses Category.

“Honoring our environmental leaders every year reaffirms to all that New Jersey is committed to protecting the environment and setting a national example by reducing the impacts of climate change, repairing water infrastructure and improving sustainability,” said state Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe.

Nominations may be submitted through Friday, Oct. 5 in these categories:

  • Clean Air
  • Water Resources
  • Healthy Ecosystems and Habitats
  • Innovative Technology
  • Land Conservation
  • Healthy and Sustainable Communities                                                                                                  Healthy and Sustainable Businesses
  • Environmental Education: Educator-Led and Student-Led Projects.

The excellence awards program is sponsored by the DEP, New Jersey Infrastructure Bank (formerly known as the N.J. Environmental Infrastructure Trust), and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology.

For a 2018 nominating application, visit


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