Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards Now Open for Applications

For Immediate Release

May 26, 2015
Contact: Amy Norris, (916) 324-9670

SACRAMENTO – The online application period to apply for the state’s most prestigious environmental achievement award is now open. Applications for the 2015 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA) program are available at

The GEELA program recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California’s resources, protecting and enhancing the environment, building public-private partnerships, and strengthening the state’s economy. Applications are due Friday, July 24, 2015.

California consumers are environmentally conscious and actively seek products and services that protect our state’s natural resources. The GEELA program allows all sectors to raise public awareness of their green mission, goals and products.

GEELA winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Sacramento and will receive recognition through a California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) issued press release, promotion through our social media accounts, and prominent placement on the CalEPA website. Recipients of this year’s award will also receive a 2015 GEELA Winner logo for use on a website or printed materials.

This year, GEELA recipients will be chosen from 5 different categories and one subcategory, which include:

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

Established in 1993, the GEELA program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Natural Resources Agency; the Department of Food and Agriculture; the State Transportation Agency; the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency; the Labor and Workforce Development Agency; the Health and Human Services Agency; and the Governor’s Office.

For more information about GEELA, please visit