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Texas Environmental Excellence Awards (TEEA)

Awards to Texas Communities, Organizations, Businesses,
and Individuals for Environmental Protection Efforts

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Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)

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Awards to Texas communities, organizations, businesses, and citizens to recognize outstanding contributions to environmental protection and preservation. Awards are made in the categories of education, civic and community, agriculture, individual, environmental educators, innovation operations and management, pollution prevention, technical and technology achievements, youth, and water conservation.

The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards honor achievements in environmental preservation and protection. As the state's highest environmental honor, the Office of the Governor and commissioners from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality recognize outstanding projects from ten diverse categories.

Examples of projects include:
- An environmental program that conserves energy, water, and/or minimizes
- New technology or an innovative way of management to reduce pollution;
- A person’s undertaking for improving the environment;
- An environmental education program

About TEEA:

The Texas Environmental Excellence Awards is an annual awards program that honors achievements in environmental preservation and protection. There are ten diverse award categories that provide citizens, communities, businesses, and organizations an opportunity to obtain the state’s highest environmental honor and be recognized for their environmental projects. 
Since 1993, TCEQ has honored more than 250 successful environmental projects and efforts. By honoring these winners, the TCEQ hopes to encourage others to initiate like-minded projects and reinforce a spirit of environmental stewardship.

- Agriculture — project’s success is due to changes on agricultural land (that is, land cultivated to produce a product, or used for raising or keeping livestock or poultry).
- Civic/Community — project typically includes a mix of various community partners coming together to make improvements to the environment.
- Education — project focuses on environmental education. Can include, but is not limited to, after-school programs, nature centers, environmental camps, in-class education programs, and recycling awareness programs.
- Individual — a person who initiates a project aimed at making environmental
improvements or educating people about environmental stewardship; or, a person known for their lifetime environmental achievements.
- Innovative Operations/Management — project’s success is due to changes in
operation/management. Can include, but is not limited to, the application of innovative technology to improve operations, and applying an innovative solution for reusing or minimizing waste.
- Pollution Prevention — project mainly focuses on source reduction efforts. The project aims to reduce, eliminate, or prevent pollution at its source, thus producing less pollutants that need to be controlled, treated, or disposed.
- Technical/Technology — project’s success is due to a new technology, or a new technical approach.
- Water Conservation — project focuses on water-saving techniques that aim to reduce consumption.
- Youth — project is led by youth or relies on specific youth contributions and support

New Award Category:

TCEQ has a new category — Environmental Educator of the Year. The purpose of this award is to recognize one environmental educator in the state of Texas for their efforts in encouraging environmental stewardship. The award is sponsored by Waste Management of Texas, Inc. Please note, there is a separate application and set of instructions for this category.

Examples of projects for the Environmental Educator Award are:
- Development of a cost-effective wastewater treatment system that significantly removes pollutants;
- Creating a resilient battery made of common, earth-friendly materials;
- Educating youth to reduce, reuse, and recycle;
- Lifetime achievements in reducing air and water pollution;

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174840

Estimated Size of Grant:

The sponsor will provide a $2,500 cash donation directly to the school or organization where the winning educator works or volunteers to further their environmental efforts.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Award categories are available to citizens, communities, businesses, and organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

The last day you can apply is September 28, 2018.

The TCEQ will celebrate the 2019 award winners at a banquet on May 15, 2019, the last day of the Environmental Trade Fair and Conference. All are invited to attend. Registration information and details for the 2019 banquet will be updated as soon as available.

To learn more about how winners are recognized and for a list of categories, visit the About TEEA page:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

General Application:

Environmental Educator of the Year Application:
(512) 239-3143

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Texas