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Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards

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Iowa's environment is in the hands of every community, business, organization, farmer and citizen. Many innovative Iowans are leading the way in the protection and enhancement of our natural resources. Their actions deserve the highest recognition.

Governor Branstad and the State of Iowa invite you to apply for the Iowa Environmental Excellence Awards, designed to recognize leadership and innovation in managing our state's natural resources.

Be Recognized for Your Work in Caring for Iowa's Environment
The Governor's Environmental Excellence Awards are the premier environmental honors in Iowa. Result-oriented, sustainable strategies can take many forms, including:

  • Creating new technologies or processes that improve the environment or reduce reliance on natural resources
  • Reducing waste generation
  • Developing energy efficiency or renewable energy technology
  • Creating natural resource protection and enhancement projects, such as watershed protection
  • Establishing educational or prevention programs that result in environmental improvements
  • Creating programs or processes that balance economics with the environment


The 2015 Environmental Excellence Awards Recipients have been announced!

Twelve Iowa organizations and businesses will receive Environmental Excellence awards from Gov. Terry E. Branstad this August.

“The vision and initiatives undertaken by the award recipients to benefit Iowa’s citizens both economically and environmentally are recognized and celebrated through these awards. They showcase the commitment being made to make Iowa a better state now and into the future,” said Gov. Branstad. In addition to rewarding important efforts to improve Iowa’s natural resources, Gov. Branstad noted that highlighting success stories benefits other businesses and organizations in the state.

See the complete list or recipients and details about the projects:

2015 Environmental Excellence Award Recipients


The next application period will begin in early 2016. Please email Scott Flagg and request to be sent the application as soon as it's available. Follow the links below for more information about the awards:

These awards are coordinated by the Governor's Office, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, the Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress, the Iowa Department of Education, the Iowa Department of Public Health, and the Iowa Waste Reduction Center.

DNR Contact:
Scott Flagg