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Nominees sought for state environmental award

September 19, 2023

CHARLESTON COUNTY, S.C. – The State of South Carolina is seeking nominations for an award to recognize individuals who are doing extraordinary work for the natural environment. Nominations will be accepted through October 24, 2023.

The S.C. Environmental Awareness Award, now in its 31st year, was established by S.C. General Assembly 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. 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. Forestry Commission, S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium.

Nominees must be a South Carolina resident, possess upstanding moral character and exemplify extraordinary dedication to preserving and improving the environment and natural resources of South Carolina.

Areas of accomplishment include, but are not limited to:

  • Protection, conservation or improvement of soil, water or air
  • Protection or conservation of native plants, animals or their habitats
  • Improvement of natural resource management
  • Benefits to wildlife (game or non-game)
  • Increased recreational or aesthetic values

All nominations must include completed nomination forms as well as written responses to the information requests within the form. Completed nomination forms and materials should be emailed to no later than October 24, 2023.

Please contact Ben Stone at or 843-953-9062 for additional information.

The 2021 Environmental Awareness Award winner, Dr. James Frederick, was honored for his extraordinary work advocating for conservation of the state’s natural resources during his 33 years of service with Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.

View nomination forms and a list of previous winners.

For additional information, contact:
Ben Stone at (843) 953-9062