State Department of Environmental Conservation seeks Environmental Excellence Awards nominees
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) seeks applicants for the 2013 Environmental Excellence Awards program,
“This year marks a milestone in environmental innovations for the Empire State,” DEC Commissioner Joe Martens said. “As we recognize 10 years of the exceptional work accomplished by previous award winners, Governor Cuomo and I invite the best and the brightest to submit applications about their project’s substantial environmental benefits.”Martens said the DEC is interested in acknowledging projects that achieve significant environmental benefits through: green infrastructure projects as well as initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; cutting-edge 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; waste reduction and recycling efforts; manufacturing process improvements and creative approaches to urban forestry or farming, programs advancing “grown locally.”
Eligible applicants include businesses (i.e., 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 or Indian Nation government agencies implementing innovative, sustainable actions or working in creative partnership to improve and protect New York’s environmental resources and contribute to a viable economy.
Completed applications for the 2013 awards must be post marked no later than Friday, May 10, 2013. Award winners will be honored at a 10th anniversary celebration and awards ceremony that will be held in the fall/winter 2013. Winners will have an opportunity to present and display information about their award-winning project or program.
Information about the award program and the 2013 application materials are available on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/public/945.html.