April 25, 2007
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently gave an Environmental
Merit Award to the New Hampshire College and University Compliance Assistance
Cooperative (NHC3UA), developed by UNH and Dartmouth College to assist
member institutions of the New Hampshire College and University Council
in compliance with environmental laws.
The NHC3UA identifies specific federal, state and local regulatory
requirements that apply to each institution by conducting on-site environmental
and occupational health and safety audits. It is anticipated that the
three-year project will result in substantial cost savings to these
institutions by avoiding large fines or the necessity of hiring individual
consultants to provide legal or technical assistance.
Given out by EPA since 1970, the merit awards honor individuals and
groups who have shown particular ingenuity and commitment in their efforts
to preserve the region's environment. This year's competition drew 54
nominations from across New England; 29 New England organizations and
individuals received the award.
“Our Environmental Merit Awards are among the highest honors
EPA can bestow to recognize environmental accomplishments,” said
Robert W. Varney, regional administrator for EPA’s New England
Office. “I offer my gratitude to these citizens for their extraordinary
contributions in protecting our shared environment. Their work reflects
the best attributes of New Englanders, working to find solutions to
tough environmental issues.”