The awards are presented jointly by the Maryland Department of the Environment and by the Maryland Petroleum Council.
The Tawes award honors an individual or a civic, community or nonprofit group demonstrating noteworthyh effort to enhance the state's environment either over time or with a single project. There are separate categories for recognizing efforts by adults and by youths. The award, being given for the 34th year, is named for J. Millard Tawes, a former governor of Maryland and the state's first secretary of natural resources.
The Coulter award, named for the state's second natural resources secretary, is intended to acknowledge extraordinary contributions to the environment by a government employee.
Winners and their guests will be honored at an awards luncheon in Annapolis. A donation will be made to the recipients' favorite nonprofit organizations, and they'll get an engraved plaque.
To learn more and to nominate someone, go here.
(J. Millard Tawes, 1952 Baltimore Sun photo)