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March 26, 2009

Environmental Awareness Award presented March 27

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will announce the winner of the 2008 Environmental Awareness Award at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 27 at USC's West ("Green") Quad on Wheat Street in Columbia. Contact the 2008 committee chair, Priscilla Wendt, at WendtP@dnr.sc.gov or (843) 953-9305.

The South Carolina General Assembly established the S.C. Environmental Awareness Award, now in its 17th year, during the 1992 legislative session to recognize outstanding contributions made toward the protection, conservation and improvement of South Carolina's natural resources.

Each year the public is invited to submit nominations that are then reviewed by an awards committee, which includes representatives from the state's environmental and natural resource agencies. In judging nominees, the committee considers excellence in innovation, leadership and accomplishments that influence positive changes affecting the natural environment.

Members of the awards committee represent the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, S.C. Forestry Commission and S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Previous award winners include:

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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