The Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District is seeking nominations for its 2008 Exemplar Awards, which recognize outstanding contributions to the prevention or control of air pollution in the High Desert.


Eligible candidates include local businesses, schools, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to clean air through the development of voluntary air pollution prevention or control activities/projects within the MDAQMD's jurisdiction, which includes the San Bernardino County High Desert and Blythe in Riverside County. Nominated individuals must service communities or reside within district boundaries.


Last year, Victor Valley College received the Exemplar for implementing a series of energy conservation projects on campus, which resulted in the prevention of 1,446 of carbon dioxide and 2,373 pounds of nitrogen oxides per year.


 Mark Ziesmer, a science teacher of Sultana High School, was one of several area teachers to win previous awards.


Nominations must be postmarked or received at MDAQMD offices by Thursday, Aug. 21 at 5 p.m.


The Exemplar Awards will be presented in association with National Pollution Prevention Week, Sept. 15-21.


For more information, visit the MDAQMD's website at www.mdaqmd.ca.gov.