On Sept. 20, six Indiana institutions were awarded the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence at the 22nd annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow in Indianapolis.
The awards, which are the highest honor for environmental stewardship in Indiana, were given to honor Indiana initiatives that went above and beyond to protect the environment in 2018.
The six 2019 Governor’s Awards recipients are Cummins Inc., Grace College, the City of Bloomington, Jennings County Pollinator Committee, Helmer Scientific and the City of Greendale.
Cummins received its award for its efforts to expand a wind farm in Northern Indiana through its Virtual Power Purchase Agreement.
Grace College received its award for initiatives at local grade schools that taught students how to properly care for lakes and streams.
The City of Bloomington was chosen for the Greening the Government award for sustainability planning in city infrastructure.
The Jennings County Pollinator Committee was given its award for protecting and increasing local pollinator populations.
The City of Greendale implemented a curbside recycling program in 2018 and received its award as an acknowledgement of the program’s success.
Bruno Pigott, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and Rebecca Holwerda, senior operations director for Governor Eric Holcomb, presented the awards.
“I am pleased to award this year’s Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence,” said Commissioner Pigott in a press release. “These awards recognize Indiana’s leaders who have implemented the most innovative, sustainable, and exemplary programs or projects.”