Solargon Design:
Winner of the
Environmental Protection Agency's
Climate and Ozone Protection Awards

In 2004, the Environmental Protection Agency awarded Solargon's foam insulation manufacturer with the EPA Climate Award and the EPA Ozone Protection Award. These prestigious pair of awards recognize and celebrate the sustainability and environmental protection attributes of the Solargon's foam insulation.

But what are these awards?

To answer that question, we respectfully present information straight from the source: The U.S. EPA's Climate Awards page and Ozone Awards page.


The following information taken from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's Climate Awards page and Ozone Awards page.

Climate Protection Awards
In 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) established the Climate Protection Awards to recognize exceptional leadership, outstanding innovation, personal dedication, and technical achievements in climate protection.

Who is eligible to be considered for the Climate Protection Awards?
Candidates may be from anywhere in the world. Individuals and organizations may work for the public or private sector. Candidates may be either self-nominated or nominated by a third party.

Who has won the award in the past?
Since the program was founded, over one hundred awards have been presented to outstanding individuals, dedicated companies, forward-thinking organizations and government institutions from many countries, including Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Call for nominations
The U.S. EPA seeks nominations for outstanding leadership, innovation, personal dedication and technical achievements in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the Earth’s climate. Accomplishments can include leadership/stewardship, product introduction, pollution prevention, policy innovation, and engineering innovation.

Due Date:
Nominations are due each year on December 31. Finalists will be notified in January.

What are the Award selection criteria?
Applicants must excel in one or more of the following criteria:
Originality and public purpose;
Leadership and corporate responsibility;
Global perspective and implication;
Reduction of greenhouse-gas emissions.

Who judges the nominations?
Nominations are reviewed by an international panel of judges comprised of past award winners from government, industry, and non-governmental organizations. EPA makes the final award selections.


Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards
Award winners since 1990, including this year, have come from 49 countries. These are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Fiji, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) founded the Ozone Layer Protection Awards in 1990 to recognize outstanding contributions to the protection of the Earth’s stratospheric ozone layer.

Since then, 533 individuals, companies, organizations and teams from 49 countries have earned this honor.

This year’s recipients have demonstrated originality and public purpose, persuasive moral and organizational leadership, and elimination of emissions of ozone-depleting substances. The winners are from Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, China, Fiji, Italy, India, Japan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritius, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Thailand, and United States.

EPA’s Ozone Layer Protection Awards are particularly prestigious because nominees compete globally against the notable accomplishments of many other potential winners, and winners are selected using previous winners as judges.

Who is eligible to be considered for the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards?
Candidates may be from anywhere in the world. Individuals and organizations may work for the public or private sector. Candidates may be either self-nominated or nominated by a third party.

What are the Award selection criteria?
Applicants must demonstrate one or more of the following criteria:
Originality and public purpose;
Leadership and corporate responsibility;
Global perspective and implication;
Actual elimination of ozone depleting substance emissions.

An international panel of judges representing government, industry, and non-governmental organizations reviews recommendations; EPA makes the final award selections.

What makes the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards unique?
The public understands the issue of ozone depletion, since most people are well aware of the health risks associated with overexposure to harmful radiation from the sun. In addition, because of widespread media coverage of the Antarctic “ozone hole,” efforts by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to study the ozone layer, and related stories, people will readily grasp the importance of the winners’ contributions to phasing out the production and consumption of ozone-depleting substances.

Winners of the Stratospheric Ozone Protection Awards are leading by example.
Their demonstrated commitment and extraordinary contributions inspire other individuals and organizations to make a difference in protecting the environment. Their significant contributions help mitigate the health and environmental risks of ozone depletion, including:
Skin cancer;
Suppression of the immune system;
Cataracts;
Damage to marine life and crops.


Where and When are the Awards presented?
The 2008 Awards will be presented May 19, 2008, in Washington, D.C.


For more information about these two programs, we encourage you to visit the EPA's Climate Awards page and Ozone Awards page.