The Louisiana Environmental Leadership Program (ELP)

Promoting voluntary pollution prevention and waste reduction to improve the quality of Louisiana's environment.

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Mission

History

Membership

Membership Requirements

Membership Benefits

Enrollment Forms

Awards from Archives

Awards Guidance


 

2013 Awards Program

2012 Awards Program

  • ELP Pollution Reduction Powerpoint
  • Awards Descriptions & Pictures
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    2011 Awards Program

    2010 Awards Program

    Pollution Prevention Progress Reports

    Steering Committee Members


    Mission

    The mission of the Louisiana Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) is to promote a cleaner and better environment for Louisiana through voluntary pollution prevention, waste reduction and/or other environmental stewardship efforts.

    History

    The Louisiana Environmental Leadership was established in 1995 as a voluntary cooperative effort between the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and various Louisiana industries.  It was fully operational by 1997 to promote pollution prevention and other efforts, in the pursuit of environmental excellence and leadership.  The current program is comprised of Louisiana large, medium and small businesses, federal facilities, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, and schools and universities.  Any organization committed to improving the quality of Louisiana’s environment through pollution prevention, waste reduction and other environmental improvements is eligible to join the program as a participating member.

    Membership

    Participants in this program must commit to supporting the ELP core principles outlined below:

    • Participants should minimize adverse impacts on human health and the environment; this should be reflected in their policies and procedures, regulatory and business decisions;
    • Participants should have internal management systems which lead to continuous improvement in their environmental performance;
    • Participants should use the waste management hierarchy, (source reduction, recycling, treatment, and disposal) as guidance for managing environmental issues and set goals to improve the state's air, water, and land;
    • Participants should be proactive in communicating with stakeholders regarding environmental matters and concerns.

    Membership Requirements

    • Submit a completed ELP Enrollment Form
    • Submit a brief plan that highlights and describes your pollution prevention and waste reduction goals.
    • Participating members must provide yearly updates so the ELP can track progress towards goals

    Membership is renewed every three years upon demonstrated measurable results.  This is strictly a voluntary program.  Plans and goals may be modified at any time, and not meeting goals will not be used by the LDEQ in any judgmental manner whatsoever. 

    Membership Benefits

    • Recognition
    • Networking & Resources
    • Regulatory & Administrative Incentives (under development)

    By joining the program you are recognized by your community as an organization committed to maintaining and improving the quality of Louisiana's environment.  The secretary of the LDEQ will acknowledge your participation by letter and each new member will be awarded a membership certificate at the annual awards ceremony. 

    Members of the ELP can participate in periodic meetings, conferences, and seminars/workshops sponsored by the Environmental Leadership Program.  Members will be able to obtain information and resources on various pollution prevention opportunities and other environmental management and conservation topics as well as hear from other leaders around the state that are implementing projects. 

    One of the highlights of the ELP is that members can participate and be recognized in the annual  Environmental Leadership Awards for outstanding achievement in Pollution Prevention, Community Environmental Outreach, Outstanding Environmental Ordinance & Enforcement and Environmental Management Systems.  Awardees in these categories are recognized annually by the LDEQ secretary at a highly publicized ceremony.


    2012 Enrollment Forms

    Awards from Archives

    • 2010 Awards Program *New*
    • 2009 Awards Program
    • 2008 Awards Program

    Awards Guidance

     

    Pollution Prevention Progress Reports

    Steering Committee Members


    For information on this program contact:

    Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality
    Environmental Leadership Program
    Post Office Box 4301
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-4301
    Linda Brown, 225-219-3954
    Fax: 225-219-3971
    Email:  linda.brown@la.gov

     

    For more information on the 2010 Environmental Leadership Awards click here.

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