EPA Accepting Applications For Water Efficiency Leader Awards

EPA has created a new awards program designed to recognize organizations and individuals who are providing leadership and innovation in water efficient products and practices.

Recognition will be given on the basis of persuasive community or organizational leadership in the area of water efficiency, originality and public purpose, global perspective and implications, and overall improvements in water efficiency. Award recipients gain national recognition for accomplishments.

In a July 11 Federal Register notice, the agency stated that the Water Efficiency Leaders (WEL) awards are intended to help foster a nationwide ethic of water efficiency and conservation, as well as to inspire, motivate and recognize efforts to improve water efficiency. This program will enable EPA to document "best practices," share information, encourage an ethic of water efficiency and create a network of water efficiency leaders.

Candidates may be from anywhere in the United States, they may work in either the public or the private sector, and they may be either self-nominated or nominated by a third party.

In order to be considered for the WEL award, applications must be postmarked no later than Aug. 4. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit http://www.epa.gov/ow/wel.

This article originally appeared in the 07/01/2006 issue of Environmental Protection.

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