Diageo North America of Norwalk and a former state environmental regulator on Wednesday were given Merit Awards by the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s New England office.
Diageo North America, a beverage company, was recognized in the business category for it’s work to reduce carbon emissions.
"Diageo North America embraces innovative ideas and approaches by, for example, converting its old diesel tractors into electric vehicles that release zero carbon emissions," the EPA said in a release.
Anne Gobin of Broad Brook was recognized with a lifetime award for her many years of service with the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Gobin retired in February after working in various bureaus dedicated to improving the environment, including keeping air clean.
"New England is fortunate to have so many individuals, businesses and organizations that exhibit their strong commitment to local communities and to a clean and healthful environment," said EPA New England Regional Administrator Alexandra Dunn.