The Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it no longer will sponsor an awards program to recognize leaders in addressing climate change.
The EPA posted on its website a notice that it has discontinued its sponsorship of the Climate Leadership Awards, sponsored by two environmental organizations.
"The agency has decided to discontinue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's involvement with the 2018 Climate Leadership Awards program," the post reads.
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions and the The Climate Registry said they would continue to put on the awards program without EPA.
"We were disappointed to learn today that EPA will no longer co-sponsor the annual Climate Leadership Awards and Climate Leadership Conference," said The Climate Registry executive director Ann McCabe and Center for Climate and Energy Solutions president Bob Perciasepe. "We thank EPA for the unique and vital role it has played over the past seven years in supporting the awards and conference. In light of EPA's decision, the awards and conference co-sponsors will be stepping up to ensure both events continue to thrive."
The awards program recognizes organizations and individuals who move to combat climate change. It also awards organizations that publicly report their greenhouse gas production levels and make efforts at reducing them.
Winners of the awards this year, which were announced in March, include Goldman Sachs, IBM, Procter & Gamble, and Lockheed Martin.