DEC Accepting Applications for 16th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards

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DEC Accepting Applications for 16th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards

Annual Award Recognizes Businesses, Institutions, Municipalities, and Organizations for Outstanding Sustainable Actions

Applications accepted through April 17, 2019

Environmental Excellence AwardDEC is now accepting applications for the 2019 Environmental Excellence Awards program. The Environmental Excellence Awards recognize businesses, institutions, municipalities, and organizations for outstanding commitments to environmental sustainability, social responsibility, and economic viability. To date, New York has honored 92 committed organizations that are leading by example and inspiring their industries and communities.

Businesses (i.e., small, medium, and large businesses, manufacturing, power generation, retail, agri-business, renewable energy, hospitality, sports, etc.); not-for-profit organizations; academic, health care, and recreational facilities; individuals; and local, state, federal, and Indian Nation government agencies are all eligible to apply.

DEC is encouraging organizations that are implementing innovative approaches and technologies, advancing sustainable practices, generating economic growth, harnessing the power of creative partnerships, and achieving extraordinary outcomes to apply. Competitive applications will focus on projects or programs resulting in significant environmental benefits by:

  • reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
  • helping adapt to climate change;
  • reducing food waste or encouraging recycling and composting programs;
  • developing "green tech" solutions;
  • implementing initiatives to "green" businesses, farms, schools, recreational, sports, health care, and hospitality facilities;
  • supporting clean energy and green infrastructure projects;
  • developing creative natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts;
  • improving energy efficiency;
  • implementing sustainable education and training programs;
  • improving manufacturing processes; and
  • supporting creative urban forestry or farming practices, including programs to advance "farm to table."

You must submit completed applications for the 2019 awards by Wednesday, April 17, 2019. DEC will honor winners at an awards ceremony in November. At that time, winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award-winning project or program.

Visit DEC's website for more information about the program and for application materials.

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Basil Seggos, Commissioner

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