FHWA 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards


USDOT Federal Highway Administration 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards

Submissions for the 2022 Environmental Excellence Awards (EEAs) have closed. Thank you for your interest.


The Environmental Excellence Awards (EEAs) recognize outstanding transportation projects, processes, and organizations that incorporate environmental stewardship into the planning and project development processes using Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding sources. This biennial program was developed by FHWA to honor those partners, projects, and processes that excel in meeting growing transportation needs while protecting and enhancing the environment. While working in partnership with States, organizations, businesses, and individuals, we at FHWA encourage environmental stewardship and increased awareness of the successes we can achieve by incorporating environmental excellence into our everyday work.


We accept nominations for any project, process, group, or individuals involved in a project or process that has used FHWA funding sources to make an outstanding contribution to transportation and the environment. Any organization, agency, group, or individual in the public, private, or non-profit sectors may submit a nomination for the 2022 EEAs. Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges having varying backgrounds, disciplines, and expertise.


All entries for the 2022 EEAs are due by December 22, 2021. Nominations after December 22, 2021 will not be considered for the 2022 EEAs.


FHWA intends to hold an awards ceremony to recognize award recipients’ accomplishments. Information about the 2022 EEAs awards ceremony is forthcoming.


All award nominations must be submitted electronically using the online submission form available on this website.1 To submit an application, please create an account, log in, and click on the “Submit an Application” link at the top of the page. If, for any reason, the electronic submittal of entries is not possible, faxed and mailed copies are acceptable. For more information about the submission of entries, please contact the EEA team at EEAwardsNomination@dot.gov.

When applying, keep in mind:

  1. Entries should fall into at least one of the categories listed and may be submitted in up to three (3) categories.
  2. Entries should clearly demonstrate how they fit into the selected category(ies) and address the listed description criteria.
  3. Where possible, please describe and quantify how the project, process, or organization resulted in improved environmental outcomes, improved efficiencies in the environmental review process, or other benefits, as well as how it included considerations of safety, climate change, sustainability, resiliency, environmental justice, and equity.
  4. Each entry must include a completed application form, which includes a summary of the outstanding accomplishments of the nominated project, process, person, or group. If submitting a faxed or mailed entry, summaries must comply with all word limit guidance.
  5. Entries must include at least two (2) professional quality color images showing the associated project or person(s) nominated. You may submit file submissions (.gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .jpe, or .png) through the online application. The file size limit for files submitted through the online application is 4MB. If a file is too large to submit online, or if submitting a faxed or mailed entry, please submit the image file(s) to EEAwardsNomination@dot.gov by the application deadline.
  6. FHWA reserves the right to reassign an entry’s selected category if it is deemed to fit a different category per the judges’ review.
  7. All materials submitted become the property of the U.S. Department of Transportation and may be used by the Department for its purposes. No entry materials will be returned.

To provide feedback, suggestions, or comments for this page, please contact David Cohen at David.Cohen@dot.gov, Rebecca Lupes at Rebecca.Lupes@dot.gov, or Wesley Blount at Wesley.Blount@dot.gov.

1 This collection of information is voluntary, and will be used to support the FHWA Environmental Excellence Awards Program, which recognizes outstanding initiatives and partnerships across the United States that incorporate environmental stewardship into the planning and project development processes using FHWA funding sources. Public reporting burden is estimated to average eight (8) hours per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Please note that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. The OMB control number for this collection is 2125-0636. This collection is valid until 09/30/2022. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of information, including suggestions for reducing this burden to: Information Collection Clearance Officer, Federal Highway Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590.