Aquarion announces environmental excellence awards

The Aquarion Water Co. is seeking adults, students, small and large businesses and nonprofits, who have voluntarily spearheaded projects  that have protected or improved Connecticut’s natural resources — its air, water, soils or plant and wildlife communities.

For the third year, the company will name winners of its Aquarion Environmental Champion Awards in five categories: Adult, Youth, Small Business, Large Business and Nonprofit Organization. Nominations can be made for efforts to protect or improve Connecticut’s natural resources.

“Many of the most outstanding environmental projects these days are conceived and run by volunteers,” says Charles V. Firlotte, Aquarion president and chief executive officer. “The results benefit people across Connecticut and beyond, in terms of water quality, wildlife habitat, local food sources, outdoor recreation and many other goals. We’re delighted to be honoring the people, companies and non-profit organizations behind these efforts.”

Aquarion will honor winners on June 8 at an event to be held at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. Participating in the awards ceremony will be U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal; Daniel Esty, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; and John DeAugustine, group publisher for Hearst Media Services of Connecticut.  Awards will include a $1,000 savings bond for the student winner and $2,500 contributions to environmental nonprofit organizations selected by the other winners.

The deadline for nominations is May 8. Self-nominations and re-nominations are welcome. For more information or nomination forms, visit aquarionwater.com or facebook.com/aquarionwater.

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