GEMI Announces Call for Applications for 2014 "GEMI Solution Excellence Award"

Jul 14, 2014, 11:00 ET from GEMI

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Global Environmental Management Initiative (GEMI) has announced the call for 2014 award nominations for the GEMI Solution Excellence Award for members and for nonmembers.

GEMI's Chair Lori Williams, FedEx, stated, "I am pleased to issue the call for nominations for the 2014 GEMI Solution Excellence Award.  This award is presented annually to any entity (e.g. companies, non-governmental organizations, universities, etc.) that demonstrates excellent environmental, social, and economic results through the innovative use of one or more of GEMI's tools. The AWARD APPLICATION may be found on the GEMI web site."

"This award recognizes leading organizations including non-GEMI members that utilize GEMI's tools to improve the environment and their operations. The 2013 GEMI Solution Excellence Award recipients were Occidental Petroleum Corporation (Oxy) and Smithfield Foods, and we look forward to receiving numerous applicants for the 2014 award," said Bob Toy, Director of Environmental Sustainability at Union Pacific and Chair of the GEMI Communications Work Group.   

GEMI's Solution Tools Chair, Roland Mostovy, Sustainability Program Manager at Ashland Inc. stated, "There are numerous organizations that have incorporated GEMI solution tools to improve environmental and sustainability activities within their operations.  This award recognizes those organizations and provides an opportunity for GEMI to leverage this information and share these successes with the public."  He added, "By learning how the tools are being utilized, GEMI can refine our library of solution tools to provide the most value to business and the environment."

Submissions will be evaluated by the GEMI award selection committee based on the following criteria: innovative use / application of a GEMI tool; organizational benefits (improved work process or productivity) gained from GEMI tool use; and sustainability impact resulting from GEMI tool use in the following categories: Environmental, Economic and Social.  The use of the GEMI tool can be in any time period, and it is not restricted to the current reporting year.  GEMI understands that it may take time to understand the full beneficial impact from the use of a tool.  Applications must be submitted by September 5, 2014 to be considered for the 2014 award.

Completed applications should be sent via email to INFO@GEMI.ORG  with the subject line "GEMI Solution Excellence Award Nomination Application".  Applications will be accepted at any time but must be emailed by September 5 of the current year to be considered for the award within that year.  

GEMI members include: 3M; Ashland Inc.; Biogen Idec; BNSF Railway Company; Carnival Corporation & plc; ConAgra Foods; ConocoPhillips; ENI; FedEx; Halliburton; Koch Industries; Kraft Foods Group Inc.; Merck & Company, Inc.; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; Perdue Farms Incorporated; Phillips 66; The Procter & Gamble Company; Sealed Air Corporation; Smithfield Foods, Inc.; Southern Company; Tennant Company; Union Pacific Railroad; and W.W. Grainger.

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For More Information Contact:
Amy Goldman, GEMI, 202-296-7449