The deadline for nominations for the Environmental Excellence Recognition Program (EERP), a legacy program initiated by state Senator José Rodríguez’s Senate District 29 Environment Advisory Committee, is a month away.
Nominations for an individual or organization will be taken through February 28, 2020. Instructions for nominations to the EERP Review Panel can be found online. Nomination criteria can be found via this link.
Officials with Sen. Rodríguez’s office share that, “The EERP will help identify, articulate and strengthen a regional culture of conservation, preservation and best practices for the environment.”
The first EERP awards were presented last year in conjunction with the City of El Paso Environmental Services Department Earth Day events taking place in Downtown El Paso.
Videos of last year’s winning projects can be viewed via this link and summaries of the willing programs are below.
The categories are: Innovation, Leadership, Excellence, Education and Research. The EERP will also honor one individual each year for lifetime achievement in furthering environmental issues in the community.
EERP 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award – Dr. Richard Teschner
If it was not for Dr. Teschner, there would not be a beautiful Resler Canyon Park , a Franklin Mountains Visitor Center, or a proposed Castner Range National Monument on the path to success. Watch Video
EERP 2019 Leadership Award: Pollinator Initiatives in the City of San Elizario
Bee Real & San Elizario Discovery Gardens at Parque de los Niños San Elizario is ready to lead El Paso County into the horizons offered by sustainable agriculture. Watch Video
EERP 2019 Innovation Award -Snap Sampling Method,Landfill Groundwater Analysis
The new snap sampler method used by City of El Paso ESD represents true innovation as the first in the state of Texas to be approved by TCEQ for the sampling of the groundwater and is a highly effective process that saves time and money. Watch Video
EERP 2019 Education Award: Solar Technology Program (YISD)
El Paso’s only SOLAR ELECTRICITY workshops provided by a NABCEP approved training center at the Career Center at Riverside H.S in YISD. Watch Video
EERP 2019 Environmental Excellence Award – “It’s Your World”
Candace Printz, Art Instructor, El Dorado High School, Socorro Independent School District, incorporated the arts and environmentalism through education, workshops, and initiatives to coordinate projects that encourage solutions to problems in our region. Watch Video