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GEELA Award Adds New Subcategory for Plug-in Electric Vehicle Ready Communities

Applications Due June 22

June 8, 2012

Gov. Jerry Brown has announced that the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards (GEELA) application is now available on the CalEPA website. Applications are due by June 22.


Established in 1993, GEELA is California’s highest and most prestigious environmental honor. The award recognizes individuals, organizations and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership for voluntary achievements in conserving California's resources, protecting and enhancing the environment and building public-private partnerships.

This year the award will include a new subcategory for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) community readiness, which highlights community efforts in gearing up for the rollout of PEVs and other low-emission vehicles in the next few years. Applicants in this subcategory must demonstrate excellence in eight specific areas including permitting and inspections, training and education programs, building codes, zoning and parking policies, education and outreach programs, strategic placements of PEV charging infrastructure, and PEVs in local government fleets.

GEELA is administered by the California Environmental Protection Agency in collaboration with the Natural Resources Agency, the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the State and Consumer Services Agency, the Labor and Workforce Development Agency, Health and Human Services Agency and the Governor’s Office.

For more information about this program, please visit the GEELA website.

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