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Business Awards

We recognize your efforts to improve your facility and lessen your environmental impact. However, other organizations are also waiting to recognize your efforts. Listed below are select awards for business that have made environmental improvements and for those that operate using best practices overall.

Environmental Awards




Clean Air Excellence Awards Program

This U.S. EPA program honors outstanding, innovative efforts that support progress in achieving cleaner air. Open to both public and private entities in the United States.


Environmental Initiative Awards

Awarded by the Environmental Initiative to recognize companies and organizations that have taken the lead in executing substantial changes in response to pressing environmental issues.


Governor's Awards for Excellence in Waste and Pollution Prevention

Awarded by the Governor of Minnesota and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, this award recognizes public and private organizations that go beyond traditional waste management practices, demonstrating a superior commitment to waste and pollution prevention, source reduction and resource conservation.


Green Star Award

This program, administered by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, encourages industries, businesses, and governments to examine how well a facility's operations are complying with local, state, and federal environmental regulations, and correct problems that are identified.


Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Award

The Practice Greenhealth Environmental Excellence Awards recognize outstanding efforts in environmental improvement. There are awards to fit different levels of achievement along the path to sustainability.


Industrial Environmental Achievement Award

Central States Water Environment Association gives this award to one industry per year in recognition of outstanding contributions is waste minimization, pollution prevention, environmental compliance, and environmental stewardship.


Most Valuable Pollution Prevention Awards (MVP2 Award)

MVP2, as awarded by the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable, recognizes innovative industrial, regulatory and non-regulatory pollution prevention (P2) projects and initiatives. The MVP2 Awards are open to all levels of government, industry and non-profits.


Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

These U.S. EPA awards recognize innovative chemical technologies that incorporate green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture and use -- and that have broad applications in industry. Nominated technologies should reduce or eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances from a chemical product or process.


RAM Awards

The Recycling Association of Minnesota recognizes the environmental stewardship efforts of community groups, businesses, public entities, and individuals that benefit the communities in Minnesota.


U.S. EPA WasteWise Awards Program

Each year, EPA recognizes outstanding achievements of its partners by presenting "Partner of the Year" awards in several categories, including business, government, and educational sectors.


Performance Awards




Manufacturer of the Year Awards

The Manufacturers Alliance recognizes manufacturers that exhibit openness in sharing their experiences with fellow manufacturers in a cooperative fashion, and that actively pursue improvements and openly share their knowledge.


Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

US Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sponsors the Baldrige Award, given by the President of the United States, to recognize businesses that apply and are judged to be outstanding.


Governor's Safety Awards

The Minnesota Safety Council sponsors the program to recognize excellence in accident prevention efforts by employers, communities and state departments.


Minnesota Tekne Award

The Minnesota High Tech Association and Minnesota Technology, Inc., recognize innovation, development, commercialization, and management of technology in Minnesota.


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