MONTPELIER, VT -- Recipients of the 2015 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence were announced and recognized at a ceremony recently at the State House. Environmental excellence awards have been given since 1993 to recognize efforts and actions of Vermonters to conserve and protect natural resources, prevent pollution, and promote environmental sustainability. To date, more than 200 efforts have been recognized.

"From businesses and non-profits to municipalities and educational institutions, it's inspiring to see the work Vermonters are doing on a day-to-day basis to protect our environment and quality of life. I want to congratulate and thank all of the recipients for their hard work and dedication to keeping Vermont beautiful," said Gov. Peter Shumlin.

"These projects contribute significantly to Vermont's environmental quality and encourage others to take similar actions to protect our resources," said Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. "They demonstrate the importance of innovation and partnerships in enhancing and sustaining Vermont's environmental quality.

Vermont schools will be recognized at a ceremony on Aug. 6 at a Vermont Principals Association summer leadership conference in Killington.

Lake Region Union High School in Orleans has implemented a school community-wide energy efficiency and sustainability program and has been designated as an EPA Green Ribbon School for its efforts.

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