(Courtesy of City of Fort Worth)

In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the City of Fort Worth has added two categories to its Environmental Excellence Awards program, including the Green Educator of the Year.

The new award will recognize an educator committed to ending litter, and supports the environment and sustainability.

Individuals or community groups working toward a more beautiful city are eligible for the new Community Litter Control Award.

Entries for all Fort Worth Environmental Excellence Awards are now being accepted. The application is online.

Deadline to apply is Aug. 15, 2023.

Fort Worth Water andCode Compliance sponsor the awards, which will honor initiatives where most of the program took place during 2022.

The awards will be presented during a luncheon ceremony Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2023, at River Ranch in the Stockyards, 500 N.E. 23rd St.

The awards program began in 1999 as the Pretreatment Awards, honoring companies in full compliance with wastewater regulations. Those awards continue and are based on the number of consecutive years of compliance.

Innovation Awards and Recognition Awards are also presented. Applicants must be a Fort Worth Water customer, or verify that you are located in Fort Worth. Applicants must also comply with local, state, and federal codes and laws.

·         The Innovation Awards are presented in the areas of Water Use & Process Improvement, Water Conservation, Stormwater, Air Quality, Land Redevelopment, Solid Waste Reduction and Recycling.

·         Recognition Awards include Fort Worth Friendly Landscapes, recognizing businesses applying water conservation principles to their landscape; and, the SmartWater Award, presented to industrial, commercial and institutional customers implementing water efficiency strategies following a SmartWater audit.

Previous years’ Innovation Award winner (in any category) can apply once every three years with the same project. Companies may apply if they did not win an award prior or if they have a different project(s) than the previous winning application.

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