2017 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards

Photo: A row of glass GEELA awards.

The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) is California’s highest environmental honor. The award honors individuals, organizations, and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and made notable, voluntary contributions in conserving California’s precious resources, protecting and enhancing our environment, building public-private partnerships and strengthening the state’s economy.

All applications are in, as the deadline passed on Aug. 25. CalEPA and its partners have begun evaluating them. Winners will be notified prior to the awards ceremony, which will be held in January.

Categories

GEELA recipients will be chosen from five categories and one subcategory:

  • Climate Change
    • Automobile Dealer Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Promotion
  • Ecosystem and Land Use Stewardship
  • Environmental Education
  • Sustainable Practices, Communities or Facilities
  • Waste Reduction

Award Selection

The annual Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the California State Transportation Agency, the California Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, the California Government Operations Agency, the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and the California Health and Human Services Agency.

The awards will be presented for voluntary achievements culminated in 2016. Each year, the competition is open to all California residents, businesses, nonprofit organizations, professional and trade associations, communities, state and local government entities, tribes, and federal agencies operating in California. Projects are deemed ineligible if they are the result of mitigation, litigation, or required by legislation. Those who applied previously are welcome to apply again.

Contact

For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Chona Sarte at Chona.Sarte@calepa.ca.gov or (916) 324-9692.