2017 WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards

2017 WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards Process and Criteria


The 2017 WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards will recognize projects for their outstanding contribution to meeting the goals of WEDA, which include:

Promote communication and understanding of environmental issues and stimulate new solutions associated with dredging and placement of dredged materials such that dredging projects, including navigation and environmental, are accomplished in an efficient manner while meeting environmental goals.


Three Environmental Excellence Awards will be given, one for each of the following categories:

  1. Dredging for Navigation (purpose is to create or maintain navigation channels);
  2. Environmental Dredging (purpose is environmental enhancement, e.g., remediation or wetland creation); and
  3. Mitigation or Adaptation to Climate Change. This category includes dredging or marine construction projects that exemplify and implement the WODA Statement on Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change. Click HERE to read the WODA Statement. [1]

[1] The focus of this category:

  • Increasing energy efficiency and managing carbon in relation to dredging projects, including reduction of carbon emissions and creating carbon sinks through habitat development;
  • Contributing to enhanced resilience and reducing risks to the world’s shorelines, coastlines, inland, estuarine and marine water resources, waterways, infrastructure; and
  • Advancing innovation, dredging knowledge, and best practices and sharing these to support the above actions.

These awards will be presented during the June 2017 WEDA Dredging Summit and Expo in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Recognition will include a plaque, a press release, and a special highlight on the WEDA website.
  • The award will be for a project, and team members will be recognized.  The preference is for all project team members to be WEDA; however, at least one of the project team members must be a WEDA member in good standing.
  • The project must be related to dredging or marine engineering, consistent with WEDA’s mission, which includes beneficial use of dredged material.
  • The project must not have been completed more than three years from the date of the award application, or for longer term projects, specific increments or phases must have been completed to be eligible for consideration.
  • Applications will be accepted only for those projects that have been approved by all applicable regulatory agencies, and implemented. Project applications will not be accepted without necessary permissions from the project owner (if applicable).
  • Previous WEDA Environmental Excellence Award winners are not eligible to resubmit the same project, nor are projects that were previously submitted which did not win the WEDA Environmental Excellence Award.
  • After the June 2017 Vancouver Dredging Summit, the project application will be included as submitted on the WEDA website. The summary of the project of the Award winners, as written in the application, will be included in a press release and possibly in a newsletter or other electronic communication; submittal of an application grants permission for these actions.
  • Attendance of a project representative at the WEDA June 2017 Vancouver Dredging Summit is expected of all award applicants.
  • Posters from all applicants: Please bring a standard-sized poster (e.g., 24 inches by 36 inches or 50-60 cm by 70-80 cm) showing off the project to the Vancouver Dredging Summit will enhance all attendees’ understanding of the projects, the project team, and the project accomplishments. These will be displayed in the foyer leading to the exhibit hall. If you want to keep the poster, please make arrangements to have it return home with you.
  • While projects will be awarded based upon their merits using the ranking criteria provided below, the WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards Review Team does appreciate an application that is well formatted, easy to read, and explains how the project qualifies based on each ranking criteria.
  • The WEDA Environmental Excellence Awards Team that will review the applications are members of WEDA’s Environmental Commission.
  • Winners will be announced during the Gala Dinner on Wednesday evening during the Vancouver Dredging Summit on June 28, 2017.

Project Ranking Criteria

  • Environmental benefits (35 points)
  • What are the environmental benefits?
  • What unique environmental challenges were addressed?
  • Were any mitigation measures adopted? If so, list out the measures.
  • Did the project incorporate the principles within the approaches of working with nature or engineering with nature?
  • Innovation (20 points)
  • How does this project show leadership and take steps beyond “traditional” environmental protection efforts?
  • Did the project “break new ground” in addressing the environmental challenges?
  • What methods, technologies, or approaches (including partnerships) were used?
  • What sustainable approaches were applied?
  • Economic benefits (15 points)
  • Explain implementation of cost-effective methods, procedures, or practices in terms of environmental protection efforts. Were there project efficiencies?  Were there any specific cost-saving or economic enhancement components of the project?
  • What are the impacts on socio – economic aspects while considering the environmental benefits?
  • How does the project contribute to the economy?
  • Transferability (15 points)
  • Are the project characteristics and lessons learned transferable and can they be used by others addressing similar environmental issues?
  • Outreach and Education (15 points)
  • What education and/or outreach activities were undertaken?
  • What mechanisms were used to involve the broad array of stakeholders? 


  • Applications should be submitted in English.
  • Applications should clearly identify the award category: Navigation Dredging, Environmental Dredging, or Mitigation and Adaptation to Climate Change.
  • Important: Applications are to be no longer than 6 pages total length.
  • Outline of application:
    • Cover page. Does not count towards page count.
    • Summary: project description: goals, objectives, accomplishments (one page maximum). The Summary will be used in the press release.
    • Complete list of project team members and their affiliations, including the project owner, the role of the team members, WEDA membership status, and the nominating entity.
    • Environmental benefits
    • Innovation
    • Economic benefits
    • Transferability
    • Outreach and education
    • Inclusion of project figures, diagrams, or photographs is encouraged (maximum of three pages). These pages do not count towards the page count.

Applications should be submitted by April 17, 2017, in PDF format to Craig Vogt, Chair of WEDA’s Environmental Commission, at Craig@CraigVogt.com




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