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12th Annual NYS Environmental Excellence Awards – Applications Now Being Accepted!

February 18, 2015

Receive statewide recognition for your outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs that are improving New York’s environmental resources and contributing to a stronger economy!!

Eligible applicants include: businesses (including but not limited to small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, power generation, retail, agri-business, hospitality etc.); not-for-profit organizations; education, health care and recreational facilities, individual(s) and local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies (except NYSDEC).

Though not an inclusive list of all the projects that would be considered, DEC is particularly interested in receiving applications about projects that demonstrate significant environmental benefits achieved by:

  • green infrastructure projects;
  • initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions;
  • adaptation to climate change;
  • cutting-edge “clean-tech” and pollution prevention technologies;
  • initiatives to “green” businesses, farms, schools, recreational, health care and hospitality facilities;
  • innovative wind, solar and biomass projects;
  • creative natural resource/habitat protection or restoration efforts;
  • energy efficiency improvements;
  • innovative education and training programs;
  • innovative waste reduction and recycling efforts;
  • manufacturing process improvements; and
  • creative approaches to urban forestry or farming, programs advancing “grown locally.”

To get application materials and learn more about the award program, please go to DEC’s website

Contact DEC’s Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402-9469 or send an email to
Applications must be completed and post marked no later than Friday April 10, 2015

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