The Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) is California’s highest environmental honor. The program recognizes 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.
Applications for the 2016 awards are being accepted through Friday, July 29, 2016.
This year, 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
Who May Apply/Eligibility
The awards will be presented for voluntary achievements culminated in 2015. 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.
The annual Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award Program is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the Natural Resources Agency, the Department of Food and Agriculture, the State Transportation Agency, the Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency, the Government Operations Agency, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, and the Health and Human Services Agency.
For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Nilan Watmore.