WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45) has issued a formal call for nominations for the 2017 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards.

The CNO Environmental Awards recognize Navy ships, installations, teams and individuals for their achievements in environmental stewardship on an annual basis. Awards categories alternate annually based on a two-year cycle (between odd and even fiscal years). The achievement period for the 2017 competition is Oct. 1, 2015, through Sept. 30, 2017.

The deadline for echelon II command submissions to OPNAV N45 is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Jan. 5, 2018.

For the 2017 competition, awards categories are as follows:

  • Natural Resources Conservation (Small Installation)
  • Natural Resources Conservation (Individual/Team)
  • Environmental Quality (Non-industrial Installation)
  • Environmental Quality (Individual/Team)
  • Sustainability (Industrial Installation)
  • Environmental Restoration (Installation)
  • Environmental Restoration (Individual/Team)
  • Cultural Resources Management (Large Installation)
  • Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition (Large Program)
  • Afloat (includes five competitive sub-categories)

"As the Navy strives to adapt to modern threats and keep our technological edge, we should remember that our decisions about protecting the environment can either enhance or undermine what we're trying to do," said Capt. Carl Lahti, director of OPNAV N45. "We can preserve trust with the public and our partner organizations, or we can damage that trust, and the planet we share, through careless and irresponsible choices. This awards program showcases commands and individuals who excel in doing the right thing for the environment today and making the Navy resilient enough to meet the mission for the future."

A panel of subject matter experts from the Navy and environmental non-government organizations will judge the submissions. Their judging scores will determine winners at the CNO level of competition, which will then advance to the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Environmental Awards competition. Eligible winners at the SECNAV level will then compete at the final tier of the competition, the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Environmental Awards.

For more information about the CNO Environmental Awards program and a list of previous winners, visit http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/environment/awards.

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