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2019 SBEAP/SBO National Awards

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program/Small Business Ombudsman (SBEAP/SBO) National Steering Committee (NSC) Awards are the States’ premier awards program for recognizing outstanding environmental leadership among small businesses and small business assistance providers.  Nominations for 2020 awards will open in early 2020.  

These awards recognize small businesses, SBEAP/SBO programs and individuals, trade associations and other business assistance providers who have made significant contributions to protecting the environment.  The awards program is sponsored by the SBEAP/SBO NSC in partnership with U.S. EPA Asbestos and Small Business Office.

Thanks to Renee Bashel (WI) for heading up the awards subcommittee and publishing the press releases.

Kansas program receives 2019 Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Excellence Award: This award category recognizes accomplishments of a Small Business Environmental Assistance Program nationwide in the areas of compliance assistance, sustainability, advocacy and collaboration. Press release

Pictured above: Renee Bashel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources SBEAP and Chair of the National SBEAP/SBO Awards Committee; Nancy Larson, Director with the K-State Pollution Prevention Institute and KS SBEAP; Arthur Fink, K-State Pollution Prevention Institute and KS SBEAP; Lisa Ashenbrenner Hunt, WI SBEAP and National Steering Committee Chair.

 

Electro-Spec Inc. selected  for the Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award: This award category recognizes the accomplishments of a Small Business nationwide in the areas of compliance, sustainability, advocacy and collaboration. Press release

Pictured above: Chrystal Wagner, Indiana Department of Environmental Management-Compliance and Technical Assistance Program (IDEM-CTAP); Renee Bashel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources SBEAP and Chair of the National SBEAP/SBO Awards Committee; Ben McKnight, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Electro-Spec, Inc.; Jennifer Collins, Manager, IDEM-CTAP, IDEM; Mark Stoddard, IDEM-CTAP.

 

Polymeric Labels Inc. selected  for the Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award: This award category recognizes the accomplishments of a Small Business nationwide in the areas of compliance, sustainability, advocacy and collaboration. Press Release

Pictured above: Miranda Krabill, Shift Leader; and Greg Marlor, Plant Manager and Chief Operating Officer.

 

Chamberlain Machine selected  for the Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award: This award category recognizes the accomplishments of a Small Business nationwide in the areas of compliance, sustainability, advocacy and collaboration. Press Release or State Newsletter

Pictured above: Scott Boynton, President of Chamberlain Machine.

 

Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers Selected for 2019 Business Assistance Providers Environmental Leadership Award: This award category showcases the accomplishments of a business assistance provider (e.g., a trade association, Chamber of Commerce, other partner organization, etc.) that has worked with a local/state/territory/national SBO/SBEAP in the areas of compliance assistance, pollution prevention, sustainability, and information transfer. Press release

Pictured above: Renee Bashel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources SBEAP and Chair of the National SBEAP/SBO Awards Committee; Shawn McKinney, Illinois Association of Aggregate Producers Assistant Director; Annette Fulgenzi, IL SBEAP Manager.

 

Annette Fulgenzi of the Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program honored with Karen V. Brown Leadership Award: This award honors an individual’s leadership, innovation, dedication to environmental protection, and high standards for states to follow and highlights his or her efforts to build strong local/state/federal partnerships for small business compliance assistance. Press release

Pictured above: Renee Bashel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources SBEAP and Chair of the National SBEAP/SBO Awards Committee, and Annette Fulgenzi, IL SBEAP Manager.

 

Estimated 2020 schedule:

  • Nominations open: January 2020
  • Nominations close:  February 2020
  • Awards presented:  May 2020 at the National SBEAP/SBO Training in Washington, D.C.

Eligibility:  Nominations will be accepted from individuals, organizations, institutions or businesses.  Award recipients from the previous year are ineligible for awards and cannot self-nominate for their category this year, though 2019 nominees that were not selected for an award may resubmit their nomination. 

You may nominate yourself as well as any individual, institution, or organization that you believe is worthy of recognition.  In addition, all applicants must:

  1. Be located in the United States and territories;
  2. Be active within the past year, and;
  3. Agree to have their environmental performance shared with others through a written description to appear in the awards program, press materials and on the National SBEAP website.

Please submit nominations for the NSC Awards.  Completed nomination forms can be submitted by email to:  Renee.Bashel@wisconsin.gov.