Know of a great environmental project?

The State of Texas is seeking applications and nominations for the 22nd Annual Texas Environmental Excellence
Awards (TEEA), the highest environmental honor in the state.

Applications for the 2015 awards are now open for submission.

We suggest downloading a Word document of the application and completing the application off-line. Once you have the answers complete, cut and paste the answers into this online application.

Application Instructions.docx
2015 General Application.docx
2015 Technical Application.docx

By recognizing the inspiring efforts of businesses, local governments, schools, students, individuals, and other entities, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is embracing its mission to preserve and protect the environment in Texas.

The awards recognize outstanding environmental projects in nine diverse categories from all over Texas.

Agriculture
Civic/Community
Education
Individual
Pollution Prevention
Innovative Operations/Management
Technical/Technology
Water Conservation
Youth

If you would like an example of a winning application, please call us at (512) 239-3143 or email awards@tceq.texas.gov

Innovative

Does the project contribute new information on how to improve the environment? Is it a new concept or process?
Has it ever been executed successfully before? Is this the first time a project like this is being used in Texas? Is it a
creative solution to a problem?

Beneficial

Does it make a significant contribution to improving the environment? Does it reduce health risk or conserve
resources? Does it reduce a large volume or significant percentage of air contaminants, hazardous/toxic
contaminants, solid waste, and energy or water resources? Is it beneficial to the economy, the environment, or local community? Is it cost effective? Are people participating? Does it tackle a difficult task? Is it effective?

Measurable

Describe your project’s results. Can we measure its contribution to environmental quality? Is the measurement
specific?

Educational

Does the project promote public awareness or education? Does it include employee training or technology
transfer? Does it include “how to” guidelines/brochures/videos? Does it encourage other environmental efforts?
Are employees involved in development and implementation? Does it serve as a model for other efforts?

Cooperative Effort

Does this project involve a cooperative effort between multiple entities or organizations (city/state government, industries, civic groups, schools, citizens, associations)?

Exceptional

Is the project self-sustaining or ongoing? Does it go significantly beyond legal requirements? Does it address other
social needs, such as environmental equity? Does it solve a serious environmental problem or result in a significant
positive impact on the environment? Does your project take place in a critical region, such as the Rio Grande border
area or a National Ambient Air Quality Standards nonattainment or near nonattainment area?

For Technical/Technology categories, selection of the winning projects will be based on the following criteria:

Innovative

Is significant research and development required? Is this the first application of this technology? Is it a new way to
use existing technology? Is it state of the art or is it standard technology?

Response To Regulations

Does the project go beyond compliance? Is it a response to pending regulations (within two years)? Is it regulatory compliant? Is it enforcement-driven?

Measurable

Describe your project’s results. Can its contribution to environmental quality be measured? Is the measure specific? What are the amounts and percentage reductions in hazardous wastes, Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) releases and transfers, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), nitrogen oxides (NOx), sulphur dioxide (SO2), carbon monoxide (CO), and water and energy usage? All reductions should be compared with a baseline year with known amounts and be expressed in amount and percentage.

Exceptional

Does it address high-priority environmental need? Does it address worker or community safety concerns? Does your project take place in a critical region such as the Rio Grande border area or a National Ambient Air Quality Standards nonattainment or near nonattainment area?