Tawes, Coulter Awards Recognize Environmental Heroes

Nomination period is now open.



MDE is a proud co-sponsor of the annual Tawes Award for a Clean Environment. The annual statewide environmental recognition program seeks to involve youth, adults and private and public organizations in the restoration and protection of Maryland's natural resources. Any individual, civic, community or non-profit entity that has demonstrated outstanding efforts to enhance Maryland's environment over a period of time or with a single project may be nominated. The Maryland Petrolem Council will donate $300 each in the names of the Tawes youth and adult award winners to the non-profit group of their choice.

MDE also co-sponsors the James B. Coulter Government Employee Award. This award recognizes a government employee who goes above and beyond their assigned duties in efforts to improve Maryland's environment.

Past project winners have included community clean-ups, school ecology or beautification projects, recycling, prevention and control of hazardous materials, waste reduction and other innovative environmental enhancements.

The Tawes Award, now celebrating its 38th year of recognizing outstanding efforts to enhance Maryland’s environment, is named after the late Governor J. Millard Tawes (1959-1967), the first secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.

The James B. Coulter Government Employee Award, which recognizes the environmental contributions of government employees, was created in 2005 and is named in honor of former Secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources James B. Coulter.

The Maryland Petroleum Council and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources are partners with MDE in support of the Tawes and the James B. Coulter Government Employee Awards.

The nomination period for the Tawes and Coulter awards are open February through April. Nominations can be submitted via email to: TAWES.AWARD@maryland.gov or by mail to: Maryland Department of the Environment, Office of Communications, 1800 Washington Boulevard, 7th Floor, Baltimore, Maryland 21230, Attention: Adrienne Diaczok - Tawes Awards.

View memories from the past 35 years of the Tawes Awards for a Clean Environment.

Tawes, Coulter Award Winners

Contact Info

Adrienne Diaczok
Communications and Outreach Manager