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DEP is proud to promote and share innovative ideas by Pennsylvania individuals, groups, local governments, businesses and the department employees that foster environmental stewardship, prevent pollution and encourage economic development.

Each year DEP invites businesses, farms, government agencies, educational institutions, non-profit organizations and individuals to apply for the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. The awards highlight those projects that promote innovative technological advances, partnerships, public service and environmental outreach as well as encourage pollution prevention, demonstrate economic impact or employ innovative technology.

The Secretary's Employee Recognition Awards highlight the work of DEP employees by both individuals and teams from several categories. The annual award ceremony is held in conjunction with the department's and Earth Month activities in April.