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Apply now for annual governor's environmental awards - deadline Sept. 15

Saint Paul, Minn. -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today announced it has opened the application process for its annual Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention. Bestowed since 1991, the awards honor superior environmental achievement ...

Saint Paul, Minn. -- The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency today announced it has opened the application process for its annual Governor's Awards for Pollution Prevention. Bestowed since 1991, the awards honor superior environmental achievement by Minnesota businesses, nonprofits, government and institutions. The deadline for applications is Sept. 15.

Pollution prevention reduces or eliminates the generation of pollution at the source. Examples include using non-toxic chemicals instead of toxic ones, changing processes to reduce the need for polluting materials and using innovative design that reduces or eliminates waste.

Minnesota businesses, nonprofits and government agencies are eligible, as well as partnerships of any of these. Projects may focus on industrial or commercial pollution prevention, sustainable community development, green building, renewable energy or other areas.

Applications are evaluated based on benefits to the environment, economic efficiency, innovation, leadership and commitment, and the project's suitability to be a model for others.

For an application and more information, go to www.pca.state.mn.us/govaward or telephone Peder Sandhei at 651-757-2688, e-mail govawards.pca@state.mn.us .

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