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. Applications for the 2017 awards are being accepted through Friday, August 11, 2017.
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 2016. 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 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.
Past GEELA Awards include (farming/ranching):
Premier Mushrooms Inc. (2016); Prather Ranch (2015); Sonoma County Winegrape Commission (2015); Parducci Wine Cellars (2014/2009); Lodi Wine Grape Commission (2014); California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance (2014/2010); Joseph Gallo Farms (2012); Houweling’s Nurseries (2011); Venida Packing Company (2010); Gills Onions, LLC (2009); Tejon Ranch Company (2009); Bioenergy Solutions (2009); Dixon Ridge Farms (2008); Kunde Family Estates (2008); Fetzer Vineyards (2008); Mendocino Wine Company (2007); California Dairy Quality Assurance Program (2007); Meyers Farming (2007); Lodi-Woodbridge Winegrape Commission (2006); Agricultural Internal Combustion Engine Conversion Incentive (2006); and Hearst Ranch Conservation Project (2006);