AUGUSTA — Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection is resurrecting a program that recognizes environmental stewardship.

The DEP is taking nominations for the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence. The awards honor businesses, nonprofits and public entities.

Applicants will be asked to show how their project or program was innovative while resulting in meaningful environmental and economic benefits.

Commissioner Pattie Aho says the program aims to recognize those who can show what is good for Maine’s environment can also be good for the economy.

The application deadline is Feb. 17. Applications can be found on the DEP’s website.

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