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"In Service to States" Annual Award Nomination Form for the Environmental Merit Awards

To honor Ira, the "Ira Leighton in Service to States Annual Award" will recognize an individual or organization that has made significant strides in facilitating state and federal partnerships through innovative sustainable solutions addressing critical environmental challenges in New England. The successful candidate will have actively demonstrated conviction and leadership in protecting the environment and in promoting sustainable practices. Specifically, the candidate will have demonstrated outstanding accomplishments and contributions in improving the air, waste, or water environment in New England at the local, state, or regional level. Actions should reflect commitment, demonstrated results, increased awareness, proven public benefit, and improved public policy and/or resulted in a more efficient use of natural resources. Successful award recipients are champions of sustainability and agents for positive change within New England. They demonstrate a record of outstanding performance in leading implementation of sustainable practices and effective environmental management through employment of innovative strategies.

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, the Northeast Waste Management Officials' Association in coordination with New England state Commissioners and the US EPA, Region 1 initiated this award as a tribute to Ira Leighton. He was a US EPA Deputy Regional Administrator who dedicated over forty years as a public servant to protecting the environment, and passed away in 2013.

No longer accepting 2020 EMA applications.

Submission Instructions

  • Save the nomination form below to your personal computer.
  • Fill out and email the completed form to
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