IDEM accepting applications and nominations for the 2024 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence through March 1, 2024

Last Updated on January 11, 2024 by Indiana Department of Environmental Management

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Department of Environmental Management today announced it is taking applications and nominations for the 2024 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. This marks the 31th year the awards have been given to celebrate innovative projects with measurable environmental benefits.

Watch the Governor’s call for nominations video.

“It is always an honor for IDEM to recognize Hoosiers who choose to go above and beyond to make a difference in Indiana’s environment and their communities,” said Commissioner Brian Rockensuess.  

Presented annually since 1994, the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence has become one of Indiana’s most prestigious environmental awards. In 2023, award winners included: GM Fort Wayne Assembly, Red-Tail Land Conservancy, VA Northern Indiana Health Care System, Michigan City Sanitary District and Delta Institute, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., and Carroll Elementary School – Flora.

This year, IDEM and Governor Eric J. Holcomb’s office will present seven awards, one in each of the following categories:

  • Energy Efficiency/Renewable Resources
  • Environmental Education/Outreach
  • Five-Year Continuous Improvement
  • Greening the Government
  • Land Use/Conservation
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Recycling/Reuse.

Citizens, government agencies, businesses, organizations, and educational institutions are invited to submit nominations on behalf of others. Self-nominations (applications) are encouraged. Eligible projects must have occurred in Indiana and been implemented in 2022 or 2023.

The deadline for nominations is March 1, 2024. Awards will be presented in September. A panel of conservation, environmental, and academic professionals review nominations. The awards will be based on project innovation, measurable results, and transferability. Nomination forms and instructions are available at

About IDEM:  Established in 1986, IDEM ( ) implements federal and state regulations regarding the environment. Through compliance assistance, incentive programs and educational outreach, the agency encourages and aids businesses and citizens in protecting Hoosiers and Indiana’s environment.

SOURCE: News release from Indiana Department of Environmental Management

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