After the P2 program receives the applications for the Governor’s Award, the applications are copied and sent out to a highly qualified panel of judges. Judges are selected for their knowledge of pollution prevention, experience with manufacturing, and familiarity with going above and beyond what the environmental laws require. Many of the judges participate in this event year after year. No DES staff participates on the judges’ panel.
The judges have two weeks to review the applications and then convene at DES to discuss and debate which applications best demonstrate pollution prevention activities.
The Final Step Before Announcing the Winners
After the judges have made their decisions, all of the winning applications must pass an environmental compliance screening. Compliance experts from EPA Region 1 and DES conduct research on the winning businesses to make sure these companies do not have any recent environmental violations. If environmental violations are found, the company is disqualified.
All applicants are notified by mail of the judges’ decisions after the regulatory check is complete. Winners are honored in the presence of their peers, EPA and state officials at the annual P2 conference.