Know of a great Environmental Project?

Applications for the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards, the highest environmental honor in the state, are now closed.

Winners will be announced in Spring 2016. Applications for 2017 will open Summer 2016.

You may download a Word document of the application for viewing the application offline.

2016 General Application.docx
2016 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.

Pollution Prevention
Innovative Operations/Management
Water Conservation

If you would like an example of a winning application, please call us at (512) 239-3143 or email


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?


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?


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


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)?


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:


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?


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.


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?