2009 Environmental Leadership Program Award
The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality recognized the achievements of industry, local governments, non-governmental organizations, schools and an individual during the 2009 Environmental Leadership Program Awards ceremony. New and existing members of the ELP were commended for their voluntary pollution prevention efforts and community educational outreach initiatives. The ceremony highlighted projects that went above and beyond regulatory compliance to substantially improve the quality of the environment. During the award ceremony, 14 awards were presented for environmental efforts around the state. In 2008-2009, the ELP enrolled 48 new and previous members.
Senator Jody Amedee, Chairman of the Louisiana Senate Environmental Committee joined DEQ Secretary Harold Leggett to present the 2009 ELP awards. Dr. Leggett applauded the efforts made by the honorees in protecting Louisiana’s environment.
“Companies, municipalities, schools and individuals that promote environmental improvements are helping to secure a cleaner future for Louisiana,” Leggett said. “This year, I asked Deputy Secretary Alex Appeaning to expand the traditional ELP award categories to include medium and small businesses, non-governmental organizations, schools and individuals. It takes the commitment of all entities in the state to achieve our goal of protecting the environment. The projects honored today reflect creativity, technical innovations, and enhanced efficiency.”
Today, any company, federal facility, municipality, school or individual committed to improving the quality of the state’s environment is eligible to join the program.