Environmental Excellence Awards

The Environmental Excellence Partnership Program (E2P2) recognizes businesses and non-profit organizations in Washtenaw County that are leaders in environmental protection. These organizations practice environmental behaviors in water quality protection, waste reduction and recycling, and pollution prevention.

2020-2021 Environmental Excellence Awards

We would like to honor the 2020 Environmental Excellence Awards winners despite having to delay our celebration event due to the pandemic.  Please join us in recognizing these award winners for going over and above the call of duty when it comes to doing their best for the environment. We look forward to celebrating our 2020 and 2021 award winners together when it is once again safe for us to do so. 

  • Pollution Prevention Award - Convenience Auto Service

  • Water Quality Protection Award - Arbor Brewing Company

  • Waste Reduction and Recycling Award - Fjällräven Ann Arbor

  • Leadership in Environmental Excellence Award - Shannan Gibb-Randall


Award criteria include:

  • Compliance with local, state, and federal environmental regulations
  • Implementation of innovative environmental initiatives above and beyond legal requirements
  • Submission of necessary plans and reports, e.g. Hazardous Materials and Waste Spill Response plans, Water Quality Action Plan, Solid Waste Generator Reports, Pollution Prevention Status Sheets, etc.
  • A demonstrated commitment to our environment and community

A committee facilitates the annual award process and recommends the organizations to receive awards. The committee consists of Washtenaw County staff from the Office of the Water Resources Commissioner and Health Department Environmental Health Division.

About the Environmental Excellence Partnership Program (E2P2)

The E2P2 Program offers 3 opportunities for participation: Community Partners for Clean Streams for water quality protection, Waste Knot for waste reduction and recycling, and the Pollution Prevention Program for the safe storage and use of hazardous materials.

Community Partners for Clean Streams

Community Partners for Clean Streams is a cooperative effort between the Washtenaw County Water Resource Commissioner’s Office and Washtenaw County businesses and institutions with a common goal to promote business practices that protect Washtenaw County’s watersheds and waterways.

Waste Knot Program

Provides recognition, technical assistance, and education to organizations in waste reduction and recycling. Waste Knot aims to both to protect our environment and to improve their bottom line. Learn more on our Waste Knot page.

Pollution Prevention Program

The Pollution Prevention Program inspects facilities that store, manufacture, or use hazardous, toxic, or polluting materials. Inspectors ensure that facilities use and dispose of hazardous materials properly, preventing environmental contamination. This program operates in accordance with the Washtenaw County Pollution Prevention Regulation under Public Health’s Environmental Health Division.

2020-2021 Environmental Excellence Awards Ceremony

The 2020 Awards ceremony, originally set for March 26th and since postponed, has been officially cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We look forward to celebrating our 2020 and 2021 award winners together when it is once again safe for us to do so. 

More Information

For more information on the E2P2 Program or the Environmental Excellence Awards, please contact us via email or 734-222-6860.

Excellence in Water Quality - Thurston Nature Center
Excellence in Pollution Prevention O & W Inc
Overall Environmental Excellence Award 2019- Ann Arbor YMCA
Excellence in Waste Reduction and Recycling 2019- Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority