Spare the Air Awards Nomination Period Extended to April 20, 2015.
The 2014 Spare the Air Awards are presented annually by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) to recognize innovators, environmental leaders or peers in our state that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to protect the environment and improve air quality.
Since 2008, DHEC has honored some of the top businesses, community groups and individuals for implementing successful air quality initiatives in local communities throughout South Carolina. Past winners include:
Now, you have an opportunity to join this group of exceptional environmental leaders and showcase your success! A call for nominations is underway for the next round of outstanding air quality projects. Activities should have occurred between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.
If you know an employee, community group or business that has made a positive difference in South Carolina by developing a model air quality project, please tell us about it. Nominate them today!
All entries must be received by the close of business on Monday, April 20, 2015.
Who is Eligible?
Any South Carolina organization, business, community group, facility, school, local government or individual that has demonstrated a commitment to environmental stewardship and has developed a project that can be replicated is eligible to apply.
All previous winners are eligible to reapply. However, if you enter the same project into the contest as before, your nomination form must include a detailed description of how your project has expanded or improved.
Who May Nominate?
To nominate someone or enter the competition yourself, simply answer the questions in the application form and press the 'Submit' button at the end. Please email any supporting documentation separately to SpareAir@dhec.sc.gov.
If you'd like a printed copy of your entry form, copy and paste the completed form into a Word document and save it to your computer.
All entries must be RECEIVED by the close of business on Monday, April 20, 2015.
Entries will undergo a multi-step judging process that includes a compliance review. Please note, if you have had a compliance issue within the last five (5) years, this could affect your overall score and ranking. The final award determination will be made by DHEC staff.
This award recognizes a business that has implemented on-site air quality improvement strategies beyond DHEC regulatory requirements. This could include voluntary emission reductions to an industrial process and/or implementing emission reduction strategies for employees.
This award recognizes an employee(s) who has successfully organized and/or implemented program(s) on the job to improve air quality through peer education, awareness campaign promotion, training, etc.
Outstanding Local Government
This award recognizes an outstanding local government (county or municipality) that has helped improve air quality in their area through local regulatory actions, policy changes and/or voluntary programs including education and outreach efforts.
Outstanding School or District
This award recognizes a school or school district for their efforts to implement or expand an air quality improvement program or campaign through the leadership of faculty, staff, parent(s) or student(s).
Outstanding College or University
This award recognizes a college or university for their efforts to improve air quality on campus and in the surrounding community through voluntary programs, including education and outreach efforts.
Outstanding Community Improvement Campaign
This award recognizes efforts of a person, group or organization (civic, environmental, faith-based, nonprofit organizations, communities/neighborhood associations, etc.) that has directly or indirectly addressed a local air quality issue or concern.
DHEC values big and small projects that have a positive impact on our state. If you are aware of a project, employee or community group that has gone above and beyond the call of duty to improve air quality, let us know about. Celebrate their success by submitting a nomination, today! Here are the entry form instructions:
Describe your project by answering these questions:
If you have problems submitting your entry form online or questions about the contest, please call L. Nelson Roberts, Jr., Section Manager office: (803)898-4122 or emal firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, all entries MUST BE RECEIVED by the close of business on Monday, April 20, 2015.