This is the seventh year the SEDC will present awards to recognize leadership in reducing diesel emissions throughout Region 4 of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Since 2008, the SEDC has been recognizing leadership in the Southeast through its annual leadership award program.
The following are descriptions for each award category:
- The Industry Leadership Award will recognize a for-profit company or corporation that demonstrates outstanding and exemplary leadership by proactive actions to reduce diesel emissions associated with their business activity.
- The Fleet Leadership Award will recognize a non-profit organization that has direct responsibility for a fleet and/or activity relying on diesel engines to fulfill their core mission that demonstrates exemplary leadership by proactive actions to reduce their diesel emissions.
- The Visionary Champion Award will recognize an organization and/or individual having a vision and acting on that vision to facilitate diesel emission reduction efforts.
Who is eligible?
The following describes entities that are eligible nominees:
- The entity’s projects/programs must reduce diesel emissions in at least one of the EPA Region 4 states (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina);
- An entity may nominate themselves or be nominated by others;
- The entity must be an active leader with recent accomplishments. The entity must have completed or substantially implemented one or more clean diesel related project(s)/program(s) during the 2014 and/or 2015 calendar years;
- An entity that previously won an Industry Leadership or Community Leadership award may not be nominated based on the same project(s)/program(s), but may be nominated for new project(s)/program(s) that occurred after receiving their most recent SEDC Leadership Award; and
- An entity may only compete in one of the three categories as described above. The nominator is asked to recommend a category. However, the SEDC Leadership Committee will make the final decision in placing the nominee into the category it deems most appropriate.
When are nominations due?
- Nominations for projects/programs substantially implemented or completed during the past year are due by April 15, 2016 and will be announced at the SEDC Annual Partnership Meeting in Savannah, Georgia in September 2016.
Who reviews nominations?
- The SEDC Leadership Council will review the nominations and make the award selections accordingly.
What criteria will be used to evaluate nominations?
- Nominated entities will be evaluated based on the information provided in the Program Description Narrative submitted during the nomination period. These awards are presented for extraordinary leadership in promoting the goals of the SEDC.
- Nominees will be judged on their effectiveness in meeting the SEDC’s goals and the degree to which they display exemplary leadership and inspire others to step up their efforts in reducing diesel emissions. Project(s)/programs need to focus on improving air quality in Region 4 (i.e., Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina). After the winners are selected, the SEDC will recognize the full array of leadership qualities demonstrated by the winner’s efforts.
How do I submit my entry?
- Complete the attached entry form and submit to Heather Hildebrandt before April 15, 2016.
Nominations can also be mailed to:
Transportation Planning Branch
1554 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1554