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The mission at the Department for Environmental Protection (DEP) is to protect and enhance Kentucky’s environment. In support of this mission, DEP is proud to recognize and encourage environmental excellence in the Commonwealth through its Environmental Excellence Awards program. We know that individuals, communities, businesses and organizations are committed to protecting and improving Kentucky’s environment, and through this program, we would like to recognize those efforts and activities.

Environmental Excellence Awards Nomination

The nomination period is OPEN!

One award will be given for each of the four recognition areas of outstanding environmental leadership throughout the Commonwealth. Individuals, communities, businesses and organizations may be nominated, or self-nominate, for the awards. For more information on the award categories, see the Environmental Excellence Award Announcement.  If you know an environmental leader, submit a Nomination Form. Nomination forms are being accepted through July 1, 2019. Winners will be honored at the Governor's Conference on Energy and the Environment September 20, 2019. 

2019 DEP Award Announcement and Nomination Form

Prior Award Recipients

​The Department for Environmental Protection is pleased to announce the winners of the past Environmental Excellence Awards, which were presented at the Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment. Prior award recipients are as follows: