Three GreenGov Presidential Sustainability Awards Presented

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Posted: Sunday, September 11, 2016 8:18 pm | Updated: 8:23 pm, Sun Sep 11, 2016.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The U.S. Environmental Agency has received three White House Presidential GreenGov sustainability awards, including one for helping Long Island communities develop post-Hurricane Sandy climate resiliency strategies. The White House announced the 2016 GreenGov Presidential Awards winners at a ceremony in Washington. The GreenGov Presidential Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in the pursuit of President Obama’s federal sustainability goals.

"At EPA, we are committed to sustainability and to leading by example," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "We are proud that recent efforts by EPA staff to advance climate resiliency, composting, and sustainable demolition practices are being recognized with a GreenGov Presidential award."

EPA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency were awarded this year’s Resilience Role Model Award for their work with state and local leaders to develop climate resiliency strategies and environmentally sustainable Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts on Long Island. The agencies are jointly developing tools and resources to help other communities facing similar recovery and resiliency challenges in the future.

EPA and the General Services Administration received the Green Dream Team Award for their effort to establish a successful compost collection program at the EPA's Washington, D.C., headquarters. GSA is working to expand compost collection services to more than 50 other federal buildings in the National Capital region.

The 2016 Good Neighbor Award recognized EPA for creating a toolkit that helps municipalities make environmentally sound decisions during demolitions of vacant homes. The number of vacant homes across the nation grew by 44 percent from 2000 to 2010.

Other 2016 GreenGov awardees include NASA, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

SOURCE: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

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