In 2014, ECOS was pleased to receive 17 impressive nominations and to present awards at its Fall Meeting in Santa Fe to the following five deemed by the Executive Committee as worthy of special recognition. In Oregon, citizens and Department of Environmental Quality staff alike are benefiting from the new Environmental Complaint Electronic Management System, which helps ensure better tracking of environmental complaints while managing staff’s workload by implementing a single complaint response system throughout the state. Another new electronic system – the Hawaii Environmental Health Administration’s e-Permitting Portal – is providing less cumbersome permit processing and reducing an application backlog. Meanwhile, with its Integrating Environmental Customer Service initiative, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has reaffirmed its commitment to promoting customer service excellence and environmental stewardship. Also in North Carolina, the Assistance Project on Facility Pollution Reduction developed by the state’s Division of Air Quality in collaboration with the private sector is encouraging facilities to voluntarily implement energy efficiency measures that reduce both air emissions and operating costs. In the area of water protection, Tennessee’s Healthy Watershed Initiative has gathered more than 20 federal, state, and nonprofit partners with the aim of enhancing resources in state watersheds.
These awardees and other nominees are profiled in the report.
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