Deadline Extended for
Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards

Submissions are Due Aug. 25

For Immediate Release:
August 10, 2017

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

SACRAMENTO – The deadline to apply for the state’s highest environmental award has been extended by two weeks to Friday, August 25.

The extension will provide for a stronger competition and give those who began their applications an opportunity to finish and be included among the candidates.

To apply online, find the application at

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.

GEELA recipients are chosen in 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 is a competitive program administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration 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; the California Health and Human Services Agency; and the Governor’s Office.

For more information about GEELA, please visit Information about past honorees is available online at