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2018 Environmental Sustainability Award
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 2017 Award Recipient Climax Molybdenum Company (A Freeport-McMoRan Company) Elk Robinson


Promote sustainable practices and build positive public perceptions of our modern mining industry by providing the opportunity for mining operators to demonstrate their proactive commitment and approaches to environmental sustainability. Exceptional performers will be recognized for their achievements at CMA’s annual awards ceremony. Nominations are open to all Colorado mining operators.


This year a portion of the funds will be given to the CMA scholarship program supporting sustainable mining practices. Know a CMA student member who would benefit? Contact our office!


New! Criteria:

There will no longer be a designation of “participant” and “senior participant.” All nominations will be considered for the “Best of the Best” award in the categories of Coal and Hardrock.


Environmental sustainability practices include:

  • Recycling/Reuse
  • Water Conservation and Pollution Prevention
  • Energy Conservation
  • Waste Management
  • Wildlife Habitat Restoration, Enhancement or Preservation Program
  • Repurposing of Mined Lands
  • Community Engagement/Education

New! Required Documents

Supporting partnership(s) recommendation letter(s)

  • Might include letters from local community, environmental group, federal or state agency, etc.


Panel of judges will consist of:

  • CMA representatives
  • Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) representative



Nominations must be submitted by no later than December 1, 2018.


Awards Presentation:

Awards will be presented at the Colorado Mining Association’s 121st National Western Mining Conference & Exhibition on February 26, 2019 at the awards reception at the Hyatt in Denver. Photos of the winning entries will be used at the Awards Presentation. Award winners are expected to attend the reception.


2017 Best of the Best, Hardrock: Cripple Creek and Victor Mine, Newmont (view video)
2017 Best of the Best, Coal: West Elk Mine, Mountain Coal Company, LLC (view video)


For information about the conference contact CMA at (303) 575-9199, by email at or check the website at


Start your application:

Please submit your nominations via the electronic form below. Once the application is submitted you will receive an invoice of $400.00. Payment is required in order to be considered for the award.


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