Area organizations recognized for environmental excellence

Two area organizations were among the six recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence for extraordinary initiatives in protecting the environment.

“I am pleased to award this year’s Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence,” said Bruno Pigott, commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. “These Awards recognize Indiana’s leaders who have implemented the most innovative, sustainable, and exemplary programs or projects.”

Cummins, Inc. was recognized for Energy Efficiency/Renewable Resources. The Columbus-based company entered into a virtual power purchase agreement in August 2017 with EDP Renewables North America to expand a wind farm in northern Indiana, as part of ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Jennings County Pollinator Committee in North Vernon was recognized for Land Use/Conservation. The “Share Some Space” initiative is about protecting and increasing local pollinator populations in Jennings County. Since the start of the project in 2015, 800 total habitats have been created throughout the county. In addition, a total of 2,500 acres of new pollinator habitat has been created and 7,700 new native flowering plants have been planted.

Commissioner Pigott and Rebecca Holwerda, Senior Operations Director for Governor Eric Holcomb, presented the awards during the 22nd annual Pollution Prevention Conference and Tradeshow held at the Marriott North in Indianapolis.

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is an annual program to recognize Indiana’s leaders who have identified and implemented innovative environmental practices into their programs and facilities.