2018 S.C. Environmental Awareness Award Call for Nominations

CHARLESTON, S.C. (January 15, 2019) – The state of South Carolina is seeking nominations for an award to recognize individuals who are doing extraordinary work for the natural environment. Nominations will be accepted through February 28, 2019.

The S.C. General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award during the 1992 legislative session to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of South Carolina’s natural resources.

Each year the public is invited to submit nominations that are then reviewed by an awards committee, which includes representatives from the state’s natural resource agencies. In judging nominees, the committee considers excellence in innovation, leadership and accomplishments that influence positive changes affecting the natural environment. Members of the awards committee represent the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, S.C. Forestry Commission, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Sean Poppy, an outreach educator at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory (SREL), won the most recent S.C. Environmental Awareness Award. Poppy was recognized for introducing hundreds of thousands of children to the ecological diversity found on the 200,000-acre Savannah River Site during his hands-on animal presentations.

A list of previous award winners, nomination guidelines and a nomination form are available at http://www.scseagrant.org/pdf_files/2018SCEAAform.pdf or by contacting Joey Holleman at (843) 953-2090 or joey.holleman@scseagrant.org.

The S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, a university-based state agency, seeks to enhance the practical use and conservation of South Carolina’s coastal and marine resources to foster a sustainable economy and environment. The Consortium is a member of the nationwide network of 33 Sea Grant Programs that are sanctioned through the NOAA National Sea Grant College Program, U.S. Department of Commerce. For more information about the Consortium, visit www.scseagrant.org.

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