NDEP staff chosen for EPA's 2007 environmental excellence award
Congratulations are in order for the Southern Nevada Recycling Coordinator, Kathryn Fergus and the Northern Nevada Recycling Coordinator, Chet Sergent for their efforts to promote increased recycling in Nevada. Kathryn and Chet have been selected by U.S. EPA Region 9 to receive a 2007 Environmental Excellence Award at a ceremony to be held in San Francisco on April 16, 2007.
Now in its ninth year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Achievement Awards program seeks to recognize those working throughout several western states to protect and preserve the environment. The award recognizes individuals and groups outside of the EPA who are working to protect public health and the environment.
Awards can be given to anyone, such as scientists, teachers, journalists, citizen activists, young people, organizations, business representatives, public officials, and others committed to protecting public health and preserving our natural surroundings. EPA received nearly 160 nominations for this year's program. Winners were selected based on numerous criteria, including:
- ability to address an environmental problem or need
- accomplishment of stated goals
- ability of the program/activity to be replicated or widely shared
- collaboration with others
- clarity and effectiveness of the presentation
- long term benefits for the environment
Kathryn and Chet have been active in the establishment of an Association of State and local recyclers, have worked closely with local jurisdictions to promote increased recycling, and have been instrumental in the success of Christmas tree and E-Waste recycling events for both Northern and Southern Nevada. Current activities include development of a state-wide Recycling Strategic Plan, and recycling programs for NDEPís Carson City and Las Vegas offices.
Thank you Kathryn and Chet for your hard work and commitment!!