By restructuring its annual awards program, NSSGA seeks to increase the prestige of its top honors.  Each year, NSSGA recognizes the top performers in several categories including environment, community relations, and health and safety to promote responsible quarry and mine management.

This year, finalists for the Environmental Award and Community Relations Award will be selected comprised of the top 10% of entries. From those two prestigious groups, a single aggregates operation will be selected to receive the association’s highest “Gold Award” in each category.  All finalists will receive recognition as a silver award winner and will be notified prior to NSSGA’s Annual Awards Ceremony as part of the Annual Convention’s opening session on March 16, 2015, in Baltimore, Md.  The names of the two gold award winners will be kept secret to be announced before a live audience.

“We’ve always had strong applicants, “said NSSGA’s President and CEO Mike Johnson. “This new dimension makes it a more meaningful award and highlights the accomplishments of our members and their strong commitment to their communities.  We are excited to recognize stand-out Producer member operations for their extraordinary contributions to the industry.”

The scope, application process, eligibility, judging criteria and scoring remain the same for the Environmental and Community Relations awards program. All applicants not qualifying for the top 10% in the two categories will receive bronze awards and a listing in NSSGA’s press release and printed program at the Awards Ceremony. The rules for the Sterling Safety Awards and Safety Excellence remain unchanged.

Starting Sept. 3,members will be able to apply for awards through the online application process located on the Awards Page by clicking the “Apply Here” icon, which will be available and “live” on that date.

Most criteria can be satisfied with a written description of activities and supporting documents and photos. One of the benefits of online registration is that you don’t have to submit your entry in one sitting. In fact, you can upload information as many times as you wish before your final submission.

Hint: Before the Sept. 3 application availability date, you may want to scan or start saving photos or other documents you may want to provide to a folder on your desktop so that you can easily cut and paste what you need into the online registration forms.

Important dates to note: NSSGA will begin accepting applications on Wednesday, Sept. 3 until Wednesday, Oct. 1. Late submissions will be accepted until Oct. 16 for additional fees.