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Nominations for NAMEPA’s Marine Environment Protection Awards Open

August 16, 2021: Carleen Lyden Walker, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) announces that NAMEPA is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Marine Environment Protection (MEP) Awards. NAMEPA annually recognizes companies, educators, associations, government agencies, academic institutions and individuals whose efforts support our mission to “Save Our Seas”. NAMEPA has been engaging maritime businesses, educators, government and the public to “Save Our Seas” by promoting sound environmental practices for 14 years through events and community programming.

“One of the tenets of the ‘MEPA Movement’ is to recognize those who are contributing to the protection of the marine environment”, stated Ms. Walker.  “We believe this recognition not only illuminates the work that is being done to Save Our Seas, but also encourages others to increase their focus on this important work.”

Award categories include Maritime Industry (ship owners, operators, charterers, shipyards, etc); Government, Federal, State of Local Environmental Agencies; Non-Profit Environmental Entity; Individual; Maritime Academies, Harbor Schools, Universities; Environmental Innovation; Seafarers Ministry (organizations and individuals may apply); and Ports. The 2020 MEP Winners included Matson, MSC Cruises, Port Everglades, International Chamber of Shipping, Sea Education Association, US Arctic Research Commission, Liz Burdock of the Business Network for Offshore Wind, and the Ocean Voyages Institute. Visit: MEP Awards

Submissions will be judged along the following general objectives: alignment with NAMEPA goals “Save Our Seas”; educational benefits; environmental benefits; innovation; measurable success (objectives/targets) in improving protection of the marine environment.
All submissions should highlight the applicant’s commitment to preserving the marine environment through environmental protection initiatives; new technologies/initiatives that mitigate damage to the marine environment; efforts (events, curriculum, projects, etc.) in educating seafarers, students, port communities and children about the need for and strategies related to protecting the seas as an important global resource; any awards or recognition for marine environmental protection efforts; efforts to increase public awareness on the importance of protecting the marine environment and marine ecosystems.

To submit a nomination, please email the award being submitted for, individual/company name and all other required information (as listed above) to c.arntzen@namepa.net by September 15, 2021.

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