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TCEQ Announces Winners of the 2013 Texas Environmental Excellence Awards

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 29, 2013 - A total of 10 honorees receive state’s highest environmental award
ContactLisa Wheeler
Phone512-239-5003
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The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality today formally announced the winners of the 21st annual Texas Environmental Excellence Awards.  The statewide honor recognizes 10 projects that demonstrate positive effects on air, water, and land resources.

Among this year’s award recipients: a creative landscaping project at a national cemetery, a wildlife habitat conservation plan along a national wildlife refuge, an 11-year-old’s effort to keep his city clean, a university’s innovation to destroy a invasive species impacting the environment, a coordinated effort to save a creek, a pioneering way to reduce airplane manufacturing waste, a coalition formed to help balance an aquatic ecosystem, a chemical company’s dedication to water conservation, a refinery’s alternative energy efforts, and a coal company’s restoration initiative.

Created by the Texas Legislature in 1993, the Texas Environmental Excellence Awards honor individuals, organizations, and businesses that protect our state’s human and natural resources while ensuring clean air, clean water, and the safe management of waste.

“This is the fifth year I have been involved in this presentation, and awarding these recipients continues to be a special honor,” said Chairman Bryan Shaw, Ph.D.  “I applaud their dedication to our natural resources, and service to our state.”

“It doesn’t surprise me these award winners call Texas home.  Their commitment to the environment, and their innovative efforts embody what I believe makes Texans outstanding stewards of our bountiful natural and human resources,” said Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein.

“From a corporation, to an 11-year-old child, the initiatives shown by these honorees serve as an inspiration to us all – that each of us, individually, can do our part to protect our state’s environment,” said Commissioner Toby Baker.

The TCEQ commissioners will present the awards to the winners at a banquet, to be held May 1, 2013, as part of the TCEQ Environmental Trade Fair and Conference at the Austin Convention Center, April 30 - May 1, 2013.

2013 Texas Environmental Excellence Award winners:

BRAZORIA

Dow Chemical (Category: Water Conservation)

CHILDRESS

Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife (Category: Agriculture)

CONROE

Conroe Habitat Improvement Project Coalition (Category: Civic/Community)

DALLAS

Associated Air Center (Category: Pollution Prevention)

DUMAS

Diamond Shamrock Refining (Category: Technical/Technology)

EL PASO

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Fort Bliss National Cemetery (Category: Water Conservation)

JEWETT

Westmoreland Coal Company (Category: Innovative Operations/Management)

LAREDO

Oscar Medina IV (Category:  Youth)

RIO HONDO

Mary Jo Bogatto (Category:  Individual)

SAN MARCOS

Texas State University (Category: Education)