Highfields Receives Govenor's Award for Environmental Excellence

by Kim Mercer

Governor Shumlin recognizes Highfields' for "Environmental Excellence" Gov. Peter Shumlin and Deb Markowitz, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, announced the 2014 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.

Highfields Center for Composting is being recognized for leading statewide efforts in providing composting technical assistance to farmers, businesses and municipal entities, as well as developing acceptable management practices and training/certification programs for composters.

These projects contribute significantly to Vermont’s environmental quality and encourage others to take similar actions to protect our resources,” said Sec. Markowitz.  “They demonstrate the importance of innovation and partnerships in enhancing and sustaining Vermont’s environmental quality.

Award winners will be recognized at the Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility Annual Spring Conference on May 14 at the Davis Center on the University of Vermont campus in Burlington.

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.