BP will offer a total of US$1 million to be awarded through its 2003 BP Environmental Leader Awards program. The global energy provider has designed the competition to fund innovative and creative proposals that promote clean air and water solutions and energy conservation.Carson, California – September 23, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] The competition is open to K-12 public schools, environmental and community organizations. The proposals must target the Southern California communities of Carson, Wilmington or Long Beach. Submissions can come from organizations in the greater Los Angeles area as long as the entries include and assist partners from these three communities. “California is known for being one of the most progressive states in the country when it comes to environmental consciousness,” said Tim Scruggs, BP Vice President, who manages the company’s refinery in Carson. “Through this awards program, we hope to recognize the talent of organizations who can design and implement innovative solutions to the environmental challenges we face in the greater LA area.” The Energy Conservation Awards will be granted to three public schools. Each winning school will receive solar panels valued at more than $100,000, plus $25,000 to implement an energy awareness program. A $100,000 Clean Water Award and six Clean Air Awards totaling $300,000 will be granted to not-for-profit organizations or K-12 public schools. The awards will recognize projects that either achieve environmental enhancement or educate the public about energy conservation or ways individuals can help improve the air and water quality. Up to $135,000 in technical assistance will also be offered in all categories. Interested parties should call BP at (714) 228-6760. The deadline for applications is October 24. Award winners will be announced and presented on December 4.