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New York Environmental Leaders

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New York Environmental Leaders (NYEL) is a program that aims to provide recognition and incentives for those organizations that can demonstrate the use of pollution prevention practices, beyond compliance performance, or sustainable business practices as a result of their participation in NYEL. Further, NYEL focuses on enabling those organizations that are committed to making improvements in their environmental performance. NYEL provides organizations incentives to sustain their existing high levels of performance, and to motivate and enable organizations that are committed to reaching higher levels of performance. For more details on NYEL, see the links below.

Open Enrollment Period

There will be an open application period from September 1 to October 31, 2013, where the Department will accept applications from any prospective members. There are two options for entering NYEL -- Entry Tier and Leadership Tier -- depending on how far along a facility is in their environmental performance. A brief description of the Entry Tier and Leadership Tier options is provided below. For a detailed description of which tier is appropriate for your facility, refer to CP-40 Commissioner Policy on NYEL.

Entry Tier - The Entry Tier is an "on-ramp" to the Leadership Tier and successful implementation of the NYEL agreement for the Entry Tier will enable members to advance to the Leadership Tier. A NYEL agreement for the Entry Tier may cover only one facility. An interactive version of the NYEL Entry Tier Application Form (pdf, 195 kb) is available for download.

Leadership Tier - The Leadership Tier is for applicants that are further along in their environmental performance. For example, the Leadership Tier requires applicants to have a functional Environmental Management System (EMS) already in place and be able to document projects that the organization has implemented to produce measurable improvements that go beyond compliance with environmental requirements. A NYEL agreement for the Leadership Tier will generally cover only one facility. However, the agreements may cover more than one facility in certain circumstances. If you are interested in having an agreement that covers more than one facility, please contact us to discuss this further. An interactive version of the NYEL Leadership Tier Application Form (pdf, 223 kb) is available for download.

All applications can be sent to John M. Vana, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Permits, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-1750 or transmitted by email to jmvana@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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