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Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program. An Environmental Community Service Program. Purpose:. To increase dialogue and interaction between businesses and citizens, regarding local environmental issues by promoting and implementing local environmental projects and improvements. NEP.
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Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program An Environmental Community Service Program
Purpose: To increase dialogue and interaction between businesses and citizens, regarding local environmental issues by promoting and implementing local environmental projects and improvements.
NEP The NEP Program will award business, citizen groups and municipalities that work together to implement environment projects in their neighborhoods.
Who can participate? • Businesses • Citizen Groups • Municipalities
Benefits to Business • Improved relations with neighbors • Attain corporate environmental goals • Recognition and good publicity • Possible marketing campaign • Employee Pride
Benefits to Neighbors • Cleaner, safer, and more attractive neighborhoods • Confidence in local businesses • Sense of empowerment • Neighborhood Pride
Recognition Levels Participants can apply to receive a Neighborhood Partners Award or Neighborhood Partners - Gold Awardby choosing from a toolkit of activities. Participants can also suggest and usetheir own creative ideas.
Activity Categories The activities fall into three general categories: (1) environmental education, (2) environmental improvements, and (4) environmental mentoring. Applicants can choose or suggest ideas that fit any of the above categories
Activity Levels • Level I: Neighborhood Partners Award Introductory, one-time activities, few or no partners. • Level II: Neighborhood Partners - GoldAdvance, ongoing activities, multiple partners.
Example Activity: Environmental Improvement • Businesses and citizen groups cooperatively sponsor a household hazardous waste collection day or thermometer exchange
Example Activity: Environmental Improvement • Businesses and citizen groups cooperatively sponsor a neighborhood beautification/cleanup day such as a tree planting, river cleanup, drain-stenciling, litter clean up, water-quality testing, painting a mural with an environmental theme, or other environmental type activity
Example Activity: Environmental Education • Businesses and citizen groups work together to offer yearly scholarships for community youth going into environmental fields
Example Activity Environmental Mentoring • Commit staff and/or funding to mentor another business through the process of developing and implementing an EMS
NEP Program Requirement All NEP Participants Must Have a Published Environmental Policy/Mission Statement Businesses and citizen groups can work together to establish an environmental policy or mission statement .
Recognition Recognition would be provided for each achievement level by sending the participating partners a certificate or poster of achievement and a sticker with the NEP “Neighborhood Partners“ logo. The stickers will be year specific… Neighborhood Partners 2005 or Neighborhood Partners 2005 – Gold Level
Recognition Cont. • NEP Participants will also be recognized on the DEQ website and press release. • A letter on recognition will be sent to local area municipality and chamber of commerce.
Case Studies Outstanding, noteworthy, or especially creative or effective projects/activities will be written up as Case Studies and/or added to the next edition of the toolkit to increase the number of project ideas for future participants.
Phase I: Clean Corporate Citizens • The NEP program will initially be rolled out to Clean Corporate Citizens
Program Schedule Phase 1 • June 2004-January 2005: DEQ accepting applications from C3’s. • March 2005: First Awards Issued Phase 2 • Roll out to all business, local government and neighborhood groups.