Health Department Accepting Nominations for 2013 Enviro-Star Awards

Recipients Recognized for Voluntary Efforts to Cut Pollution

PITTSBURGH – The Allegheny County Health Department is accepting nominations for its annual Enviro-Star awards which honor local businesses and organizations for voluntary pollution prevention practices undertaken in 2013.

“Pollution prevention not only protects the environment and public health but also benefits the bottom line through waste reduction and conservation of resources,” said Health Director Dr. Karen Hacker.

The Enviro-Star awards, launched by the Health Department in 1997, recognize recipients as community leaders for implementing programs to eliminate or reduce pollution that go above and beyond what’s required by environmental regulations.

Pollution prevention is defined as any act reducing or eliminating waste at the source by modifying production processes, promoting the use of non-toxic or less-toxic substances, implementing conservation techniques, and re-using materials rather putting them into the waste stream.

One, two or three stars are awarded depending on the magnitude of the commitment to pollution prevention, with three representing the highest.

Businesses and organizations are encouraged to nominate themselves or others for their pollution prevention accomplishments. 

Nominations are being accepted until March 21, 2014, and may be made by visiting the Health Department’s web site at www.achd.net/envirostar/.  For more information, please contact Alaina Conner at 412-578-8106 or aconner@achd.net.   

The 2013 awards will be announced in conjunction with Earth Day, April 22.

To learn more about pollution prevention and how it can benefit your business or organization, please visit www.epa.gov/p2/.

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