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.
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 a partnership with U.S. EPA Asbestos and Small Business Office. Awards were presented (Recording) at the 2021 Annual Training and are featured below.
North Carolina program receives 2021 Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Excellence Award: This award category recognizes a Small Business Environmental Assistance Program for leadership with NSC, its subcommittees, and activities that support other SBEAP/SBO. Press release
Pictured above: Tony Pendola, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Small Business Ombudsman
Dent Design Hardware selected for the Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award: This award category recognizes the accomplishments of a small business, working with SBEAP/SBO, in compliance and efforts beyond compliance to improve the environment and sharing with other businesses. Press release
Pictured above: Tim Dodge, Owner of Dent Design Hardware
MadTree Brewing Company selected for the Small Business Environmental Stewardship Award: This award category recognizes the accomplishments of a small business, working with SBEAP/SBO, in compliance and efforts beyond compliance to improve the environment and sharing with other businesses. Press release
Pictured above: Rhiannon Hoeweler and Kenny McNutt of MadTree Brewing Company
New Jersey Small Business Development Center and New Jersey Sustainable Business Registry selected for 2021 Business Assistance Provider Environmental Leadership: This award recognizes an organization or individual partnering with SBEAP/SBO to help members and other businesses with compliance and broader sustainability efforts (i.e., sustainability, LEAN/process efficiencies, alternative materials, pollution reductions, energy/water efficiency, LEED/green building, etc.). Press release
Mark Stoddard of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Compliance and Technical Assistance Program honored with Karen V. Brown Leadership Award: This award honors an individual's long-term achievements in support of NSC, its subcommittees, and with partners in collaborative efforts to improve assistance resources for small businesses. Press release
Pictured above: Mark Stoddard, Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) Compliance and Technical Assistance Program
Thanks to Renee Bashel (WI) for heading up the awards subcommittee and publishing the press releases.
2022 Awards will typically open in late 2021.
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 2021 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:
- Be located in the United States and territories;
- Be active within the past year, and;
- 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.