The awards celebrate people and organizations that through volunteer efforts have protected or improved Connecticut’s air, water, soils or plant and wildlife communities.
There will be five categories: Adult, Youth, Small Business, Large Business and Non-Profit Organization.
Nominations can be made for efforts to protect or improve Connecticut’s natural resources, Aquarion said in a release.
“Every day, volunteers make outstanding contributions to Connecticut’s environmental health,” said Charles V. Firlotte, President and CEO of Aquarion Water Company, in the release.
“The initiative, energy and resourcefulness of these volunteers benefits people throughout Connecticut and beyond, in terms of water quality, wildlife habitat, local food sources, outdoor recreation and many other goals. We’re delighted to honor the people, companies and non-profit organizations behind these worthy efforts.”
Winners will be honored on June 7 at an event at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport. On hand should be U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal. Awards include a $1,000 prize for winning student and $2,500 contributions to environmental non-profit groups picked by the winners, the release said.
Founded in 1857, Aquarion today supplies water for more than 625,000 people in 47 cities and towns throughout Connecticut, as well as serving customers in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, the release said. It’s the biggest investor-owned water utility in New England and among the seven largest in the U.S.