Texas Environmental Excellence Awards applications available
Applications are now open for the 2011 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality initiated the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards (TEEA) in 1993 to honor the efforts of citizens, communities, businesses, and organizations that preserve and protect the Texas environment. The awards are given in 11 categories and are presented every spring.
Applications must be postmarked or submitted by Oct. 8, 2010 and can be found here.
Previous winners can be viewed here. In 2009 the Texas AgriLife Extension Service won a TEEA for their soil testing program that began in 2002 and helped farmers reduce their fertilizer application by a total of more than seven million pounds, worth $2 million. The program was partially funded by the Rio Grande Basin Initiative, a project administered by the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI). TWRI received a TEEA in 2008 for the Rio Grande Basin Initiative, which promotes water quality and conservation in the Rio Grande Basin. TWRI also won a 2006 TEEA for assisting Fort Hood in dealing with soil erosion and land degradation in training areas through the Fort Hood Range Revegetation Pilot Project.
For more information on the awards, visit teea.org.