Environmental Protection

Gulf Program Seeks Guardian Award Entries

Gulf Program Seeks Guardian Award Entries

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program is soliciting entries for the 2008 Gulf Guardian Awards Program.

Entry forms are available online at http://www.epa.gov/gmpo/gulfguard.html. The deadline is May 1.

The program partnership developed the awards in 2000 to recognize and honor the businesses, community groups, individuals, and agencies that are taking positive steps to keep the Gulf healthy, beautiful, and productive. The award exemplifies what the Gulf of Mexico Program stands for: innovative solutions that occur when we pool resources and look for creative ways to tackle the region's complex coastal environmental challenges in ways that also positively impact quality of life and economic well being.

The program recognizes a first-, second-, and third-place winner in each of the seven categories:  Business, Government, Civic/Nonprofit Organizations, Youth/Education, Partnerships, Individual and Binational, which jointly honors U.S/Mexico Partnership programs and projects.

The Gulf of Mexico Program began in 1988 to protect, restore, and maintain the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem in economically sustainable ways. The program, which is sponsored by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, is a non-regulatory, inclusive consortium of state and federal government agencies and representatives of the business and agricultural community, fishing industry, scientists, environmentalist, and community leaders from all five Gulf States.

For more information, call Diane Altsman at 228-688-7015 or LaKeshia Robertson at 228-688-1712.

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