Legacy Awards

2021 Legacy Awards Program Call for Nominations

Yakama Tribe presented with a Legacy Award in 2019.

Yakama Tribe presented with a Legacy Award in 2019.


The members of the Pacific States/British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force (Task Force) are pleased to announce our Call for Nominations for the 2021 Legacy Awards.

The Legacy Awards Program started in 1999 to recognize individuals and organizations that perform exemplary work in the areas of oil spill prevention, preparedness, response and recovery. Exemplary projects are defined as successful efforts that go beyond regulatory requirements to prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from oil spills.  A total of 78 Legacy Awards have been given thus far to a diverse group of entities and individuals. To view a complete list of previous recipients, visit:


We encourage you to review the following information regarding the Legacy Award categories, criteria, and process and then to nominate your candidate for a 2021 Legacy Award.

Please note: Current members of the Task Force Coordinating Committee and Executive Team are not eligible to be nominated for Legacy Awards. They are also not allowed to submit nominations. For a complete list of current Task Force Coordinating Committee and Executive Team members, please visit: https://oilspilltaskforce.org/about/

Award categories

2021 Legacy Award nominations will be accepted for one or more of the following categories:

  • I. Entity

    Within the entity category, the Task Force will offer Legacy Awards in three sub-categories:

    • A. Industry

      • Operators of vessels
        • Tanker
        • Cargo/passenger
        • Towing
        • Fishing
      • Oil handling facility and inland transport operators
        • Large facility
        • Small facility
        • Pipeline operator
        • Rail operator
      • Other associated industry
        • Contractors/consultants
        • Oil Spill Response Organizations
        • Suppliers
        • Marinas
        • Shipyards
    • B. Non-profit

      • Public Interest organization
      • Educational organization or institution
      • Research organization or institution
      • Professional Association
      • Spill Response Cooperatives
    • C. Government

      • State/provincial (except Task Force member agencies)
      • US or Canadian federal
      • US Tribes and Indigenous Nations and Organizations
  • II. Individual

    Within the Individual category, the Task Force will offer Legacy Awards in the following divisions:

    • Private citizen
    • Public agency employee
    • Industry employee
    • Non-profit organization employee
  • III. Team

    Teams of individuals that do not fit into the entity category but which have achieved spill prevention, preparedness, and response successes that meet the criteria identified below may also be nominated.

Award criteria

The Task Force will present Legacy Awards to nominees in the categories above for successful, completed projects, accomplishments, milestones, events, or leadership which result in greater environmental protection. These projects should demonstrate innovation, management commitment, and improvements in oil spill prevention, preparedness, or response. Economic benefits of the innovations will also be taken into account, as well as project transferability and the award recipient’s willingness to share results/models. Efforts to provide leadership, promote partnerships, and involve the public will also be favorably considered.

Organizations or individuals nominated for the Legacy Award must be located or primarily operating in the Task Force jurisdictions of Alaska, British Columbia, California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.

An organization or individual representing the regulated sector must demonstrate an exceptional history of compliance with state, provincial, and federal regulations covering oil spill prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Award process

Nominations must be submitted by close of business May 15, 2021.

Nominations must be sent via the online nomination form available here.

In June 2021, the Task Force Coordinating Committee will review all nominations, make follow-up inquiries as necessary, and submit award recommendations to the Task Force Executive Members.  Task Force Executive Members will make final award decisions by the end of July, and award recipients will be notified in August and invited to the Annual Meeting in the fall where Legacy Awards will be presented (date and location TBD).  Press releases will be submitted to appropriate newspapers and journals in conjunction with the event. All nominees will be notified of final decisions.

This will be a competitive process with the total number of awards not to exceed five.

For more information, please contact Marie Rothlisberger marie@vedaenv.com

Meet previous Legacy Award winners

To view a complete list of previous Legacy Award recipients, visit: https://oilspilltaskforce.org/ourwork/legacy-awards-list/