Environmental Leadership Awards: 2009

  Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

Environmental Leadership Program





“Protecting and improving the environment is a shared responsibility.  When companies, governments, and organizations go beyond what they are required to do, the environment benefits.  This voluntary program works to enhance the quality of the state’s environment.” 

Harold Leggett, Ph.D.

LDEQ Secretary 




The Louisiana Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) seeks to accomplish its central goals to recognize and promote pollution prevention, waste reduction, community outreach and other efforts that exceed regulatory requirements through the ELP Awards Program.  The ELP Awards Program recognizes outstanding activities and projects undertaken by Louisiana’s businesses, federal entities, municipalities, schools and universities, non-governmental organizations, and individuals that demonstrate environmental leadership and the pursuit of a cleaner, safer environment.


Awards Categories

Awards are presented for contributions from the previously mentioned groups in the following categories: 

  • Pollution Prevention (P2) (all categories may apply)
  • Community Environmental Outreach (CEO) (all categories may apply)
  • Environmental Management Systems (EMS) (business and federal entities)
  • Environmental Ordinance Enhancement & Enforcement (municipalities)
  • The Environmental Leader Award (individuals)


In addition, special recognition awards have been given for significant contributions to environmental and conservation initiatives.


The Environmental Leader Award

The Environmental Leader award is given to an outstanding Louisiana citizen for exceptional leadership and advocacy in raising public awareness about environmental and human health issues through environmental education, advocacy, environmental research and program development, and pollution prevention and waste reduction efforts. 


General Eligibility Requirements

Any member of the Louisiana Environmental Leadership Program fulfilling all membership requirements, including updating annual pollution prevention progress reports, is eligible to enter.  Members must demonstrate a record of sustained compliance and a commitment to continuous environmental improvement and protection. All projects must have been completed during the 2008 calendar year.


Certain projects are not eligible:

  • Projects that have been submitted for a previous Environmental Leadership Program Award*
  • Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP’s) designated under federal regulations.
  • Beneficial Environmental Projects (BEP’s) designated under state regulations.
  • Projects mandated by enforcement action, usually a court order (e.g., settlement agreement, consent decree, some compliance orders, etc…).


*A project may be closely related to a previous entry and still be eligible provided that the current entry demonstrates fully that the project’s scope and performance claims are clearly above and beyond the initial entry.



NEW 2010 ELP Forms




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Projects including the award entry form should be submitted to:

Linda M. Brown, Environmental Scientist Senior

Business & Community Outreach Division

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

P.O. Box 4301

Baton Rouge, LA 70821-4301

Phone:  225.219.3954 • FAX:  225.219.3971 • Email:  linda.brown@la.gov


For information on ELP membership requirements please contact:

Linda M. Brown at: (225) 219.3954 or linda.brown@la.gov


To obtain the forms for joining the Environmental Leadership Program

 click here.   


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