Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

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Applications for the 2019 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards will be available in September 2018.

Winners for the 2018 Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards were announced at the 29th Annual Environment Virginia Symposium at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington on April 5th, 2018. For 2018, there were four categories of awards: sustainability, environmental project, land conservation and implementation of the Virginia Outdoors Plan. More information regarding the winners can be found on the GEEA Award Winners page.

Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award Categories:

Sustainability Program: This category is intended to provide recognition to organizations or facilities that can document the success of their sustainability program by providing evidence of:

  • A culture of environmental sustainability;
  • Recent accomplishments related to reducing their environmental footprint; and
  • A commitment to future sustainability-oriented actions.

Environmental Project: This category is intended to recognize activities or processes initiated by a facility or organization within the past five years that are directed at a single goal - to reduce waste and pollution or otherwise improve the environment beyond what is required by regulation.

Land Conservation: As in previous years, land conservation applications will be considered in two areas, program and project.

Virginia Outdoors Plan Implementation: This category is intended to recognize outdoor recreation accomplishments meeting the 2013 Virginia Outdoors Plan goals and objectives.  Awards will be directed in three categories: trail development, public access to waterways including water trails, and other recreational uses and scenic resource recognition.

To be considered, each applicant must have a record of sustained compliance.

Questions should be directed to Meghann Quinn at 804-698-4021 or

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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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