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Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet

Kentucky Press News Service

FRANKFORT -- The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is calling for nominations for its annual environmental awards to be presented during the 2017 Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment on Oct. 19-20 at the Lexington Convention Center.

The awards will include the Secretary's Award, the Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award, the Environmental Pacesetter Award, the Resource Caretaker Award, the Community Environmental Luminary Award, and the KY EXCEL Champion Award.

Those selected to be honored will receive their awards during the conference luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 20.

The deadline for all nominations is Aug. 1, 2017

The awards are:

n Secretary's Award

This is awarded by the Office of the Secretary and is given to a person, business, municipality or non-governmental organization that has demonstrated long-term leadership and commitment to sustainability, environmental protection, conservation of natural resources or is responsible for the development of energy resources.

n Kentucky Excellence in Energy Leadership Award

This award, by the Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI), recognizes energy leaders who have had a tremendous impact on the Commonwealth. These progressive leaders have inspired others to save energy and/or to utilize alternative energy resources. DEDI is seeking nominations for a person, company or organization that has made great strides in conserving energy, improving energy efficiency, and/or finding alternative energy sources in Kentucky.

Please email or send nominations to Susie Paul Susie.paul@kygov, 300 Sower Boulevard, Frankfort, Ky., 40601.

n DEP Environmental Excellence Awards

With the following Environmental Excellence Awards, The Department for Environmental Protection recognizes individuals, business, communities and organizations that have shown a commitment to protecting and improving Kentucky's environment.

One award will be given for each of four categories. Businesses, organizations, communities, and individuals may be nominated, or may self-nominate. The KY EXCEL Champion will be awarded to an active KY EXCEL member.

n Environmental Pacesetter Award

This award winner must have made exemplary and innovative efforts to protect the environment and to set an example of environmental stewardship for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Special consideration will be given to nominees that demonstrate a comprehensive approach to environmental issues and highlight the relationships between environmental benefit and associated social and economic benefits.

n Resource Caretaker Award

This award winner has improved or furthered the conservation of Kentucky's natural resources. Nominations may include efforts that revitalized underutilized or contaminated land, or involved land management and preservation, habitat restoration, recycling programs, pollution prevention, water-use reductions, or energy efficiency.

n Community Environmental Luminary Award

This award recognizes achievements in community-based environmental education and outreach.

Environmental education may be organized efforts to teach about how natural environments function and, particularly, how human beings can manage their behavior and ecosystems in order to live sustainably.

Environmental education and outreach may include mentoring activities. Nominations should identify the benefits to the local or regional target areas of which the nominee operates or is focused upon.

n KY EXCEL Champion Award

This award recognizes a KY EXCEL member that demonstrates outstanding stewardship and achieves positive benefits for Kentucky's environment.

Nominations must be for a current, active KY EXCEL member and must highlight activities that may include energy conservation, improving air quality, minimizing waste or incorporating citizens to participate in positive environmental stewardship behaviors.

n Department for Natural Resources Award for Excellence in Reclamation

Given by the Division of Abandoned Mine Lands and the Division of Reclamation and Enforcement, this award goes to a completed reclamation project on a Title IV or a Title V site that demonstrates that mining can be completed and the area returned to condition equal to or better than what existed before, ensuring the environmental integrity of the region.

Nominations can be accepted by DNR employees, OSMRE employees, citizens or by contractors involved in the reclamation project.

A committee consisting of the DNR Commissioner, DNR Deputy Commissioner, DMRE Director, DAML Director and DMP Director will review submittals and make the decision of which site will receive the annual award.

The committee will take into account the differences in DMRE and AML Reclamation Projects as well as those differences in sites in eastern and western Kentucky.

Three awards that will already have been presented by the date of the conference will be acknowledged during the luncheon.

They are: the Outstanding Kentucky Forest Steward Award, given by the Division of Forestry; the Leopold Conservation Award, given by the Division of Conservation; and the Mine Safety Award given by The Department for Natural Resources, Division of Mine Safety.

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