DEP adds Environmental Justice category to annual Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards



(21 / P027) TRENTON – The The Department of Environmental Protection accepts nominations from a wide range of categories for the Governor’s annual Environmental Excellence Awards to recognize community leadership and achievements in the protection of land, air, l water and natural resources in New Jersey, Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced today.

The Governor’s annual Environmental Excellence Awards honor outstanding environmental performance, programs and projects across the state.

Awards will be presented in nine categories to individuals, businesses, institutions, communities, organizations, educators and youth who have made significant contributions to protecting the environment in New Jersey. Since its inception in 2000, the program has honored 195 laureates for their environmental achievements.

“This year’s Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards will exceed the 200 awards presented, representing a small percentage of people, organizations and communities committed to protecting New Jersey’s environment,” said Commissioner LaTourette. “Their efforts reaffirm the responsibility of the Murphy administration to reduce the impacts of climate change, defend environmental justice, repair water infrastructure and improve sustainability.”

The new Environmental Justice category recognizes those who help improve environmental quality and access for historically disadvantaged and overburdened communities by reducing environmental pollution, increasing trees and open spaces in these communities, and by enabling residents to participate in meaningful decision-making that affects their public health and the environment.

Nominations can be submitted until Monday October 11 in the following categories: Environmental Justice, Climate Change and Clean Air, Water Resources, Healthy Ecosystems and Habitats, Landowner of the Year, Healthy and Sustainable Communities, Healthy and Sustainable Businesses , and two categories in Environmental education: projects led by educators and students.

The Excellence Awards program is sponsored by the DEP, the New Jersey Infrastructure Bank, and the New Jersey Corporation for Advanced Technology. The winners will be honored at a ceremony that will take place virtually in December.

“Our environment is an asset that must be cherished and nurtured by all New Jersey residents,” said David Zimmer, executive director of Infrastructure Bank. “Once again, this year’s winners have demonstrated a level of creativity and passion that opens the door for others and benefits everyone. On behalf of the NJ I-Bank Board of Directors and its staff, we celebrate and are proud to be associated with the environmental achievements of Governor Murphy and this valuable rewards program.

The New Jersey Infrastructure Bank is an independent state funding authority that partners with peer agencies to provide low-interest financing for infrastructure projects statewide. The bank, in partnership with DEP, administers the New Jersey Water Bank to provide low-interest loans to government and public water systems for wastewater, stormwater and water infrastructure projects. drinking water in order to preserve and protect water quality and public health. From fiscal year 2018, the bank has also partnered with the state Ministry of Transport for transport infrastructure projects. The bank has also supported sustainable economic development throughout the state.

Completed applications for the 2021 scholarship program must be received by the DEP no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, October 11.

For a 2021 nomination request and other award information, visit

To learn more about the program, email DEP employee Marc Rogoff at [email protected]

Follow Commissioner LaTourette on Twitter and Instagram @shawnlatur and follow DEP on Twitter @NewJerseyDEP



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