2018 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards Now Accepting Applications

For Immediate Release: June 5, 2018

Contact: Sheryl A. Watson (916) 324-9670

SACRAMENTO —The California Environmental Protection Agency today announced that applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA), the state’s most prestigious environmental achievement award. The award 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.  

Application instructions are available online. Applications are due by Tuesday, July 31.

Californians are environmentally conscious and actively support programs, products and services that protect our state’s natural resources. The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award provides a way to raise public awareness of the green mission, goals and products of award recipients. The GEELA winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Sacramento in December 2018. 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

Established in 1993, the GEELA program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency, California Department of Food and Agriculture, California Health and Human Services Agency, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, California Natural Resources Agency, California Government Operations Agency, California State Transportation Agency and the Governor’s Office. For more information visit CalEPA’s GEELA webpage: calepa.ca.gov/Awards/GEELA/.


Air Resources Board • Department of Pesticide Regulation • Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery • Department of Toxic Substances Control • Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment • State Water Resources Control Board • Regional Water Quality Control Boards

1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814 • P.O. Box 2815, Sacramento, CA 95812 • (916) 323-2514 www.calepa.ca.gov