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Nominations are now open for the Environment Section's 2016 awards.

The Environment Section presents four awards honoring leaders in environmental health during its events at the APHA Annual Meeting. Awardees are selected by a panel of Section leaders comprised of previous and current Chair-persons, and the Chair-elect. Section members can nominate eligible persons for consideration for the awards.

The nomination should include:
1) the award the person is being nominated for;
2) the nominee's name and affiliation;
3) a brief biography; and
4) a short statement about why the person is a good candidate for the award.

Nominations for all awards should be sent by April 15, 2016 to the Awards Committee Chairperson, Barbara Glenn ( You also can request a list of previous award recipients.

Rebecca A. Head Award
This new award recognizes an outstanding emerging leader from the environmental health field working at the nexus of science, policy and environmental justice who is active in the Environment Section. The award honors Rebecca A. Head, Ph.D., DABT, an influential leader in the Environment Section and APHA, and indomitable voice for local public health, equity and justice.

Homer N. Calver Award & Lecture
The Homer N. Calver award honors a current national leader in environmental health. The environmental health leader who receives this special recognition gives a lecture during the Environment Section's Rebecca A. Head luncheon during the annual meeting. The nominee's conference presentation often highlights late-breaking issues (sometimes controversial issues) in environmental health science. Candidates can also come from the region or an agency with jurisdiction over the annual meeting area.

Damu Smith Environmental Achievement Award
This achievement recognition is awarded to someone who has actively worked to improve environmental health practice during their career with a connection to the environmental justice arena.

Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
This special recognition goes to a Section Member who has been very active and has contributed to: the Section, APHA and the profession. It can be presented to a current active member or a past member that made important contributions as noted above.

Monthly Environment Section Leadership Call

On the third third Friday of every month, the Environment Section holds a conference call to discuss Section activities. If you’re a Section member, please join us! Details are announced through announcements in the Environment Section Weekly Update. If you are a member and you’re not receiving these announcements, please contact Elizabeth Geltman.