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EEA Winners: Nonprofit Organizations

Upper Susquehanna Wetland Coalition

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Project: Wetland Program

Year: 2014

Brief Description: The Upper Susquehanna Coalition's (USC) Wetland Program, awarded in 2014, is an outstanding model of collaboration for wetland protection and restoration. The USC includes 16 New York and three Pennsylvania Soil and Water Conservation Districts. It provides a comprehensive and systems approach that offers equipment, staff and training to ensure success. Over the past five years, the USC has constructed or restored more than 700 acres of wetlands and related habitat. These wetlands are helping New York State achieve its commitment to reduce nutrient sediment loads to the Chesapeake Bay.

Upper Susquehanna Wetland Coalition Detailed Case Study (PDF) (294 KB)

Schoharie River Center

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Project: Environmental Study Youth Development Program

Year: 2013

Brief Description: Schoharie River Center (SRC) is a small and unique not-for-profit organization which was awarded in 2013 for empowering young people in a comprehensive environmental study team (EST) youth development program. The program develops environmentally literate, self-directed individuals who are able to identify and work toward positive life goals and achieve constructive change in their lives. The program is open to all interested youth and specifically engages at-risk and underserved youth from both urban and rural areas.

Schoharie River Center Detailed Case Study (PDF) (257 KB)

Solar One

Project: Green Design Lab

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Year: 2012

Brief Description: Solar One - Green Design LabTM received an award in 2012 for their innovative sustainability education program. This program inspires the entire school community-students, teachers, custodians, and administrators-to green their schools and innovate solutions to environmental challenges through emerging technologies. The school building and the urban environment become the laboratory for learning and tools for environmental change. Launched in 2010, this program is empowering New York City school students in all five boroughs to be the next generation of more educated and aware environmental stewards. Solar One is a not-for-profit organization created to empower people with the knowledge and resources to advance sustainability in their communities.

Solar One Detailed Case Study (PDF) (349 KB)

Camp Venture, Inc.

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Project: Green Design of Resident Buildings

Year: 2009

Brief Description: Camp Venture, Inc., a 501(c) 3 nonprofit corporation, was awarded in 2009 for its greening practices as well as the installation of photovoltaic systems on two community residences. Green building practices include increasing insulation, installing occupancy sensors, using high-efficiency lighting systems, installing low-flow toilets and purchasing Energy Star appliances. According to the NYS Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (OMRDD), the Venture group homes were the first out of almost 6,000 homes to "go solar."

Camp Venture Detailed Case Study (PDF) (285 KB)

Adirondack Chapter - The Nature Conservancy

Project: Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

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Year: 2007

Brief Description: The Adirondack Chapter of the Nature Conservancy in Essex County was honored in 2007 for the development of the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program (APIPP) which continues to protect the Adirondacks from the lasting negative economic and environmental impacts of specific, non-native, invasive species. Using an integrated and collaborative approach and a variety of innovative strategies, the program protects the biodiversity, recreational attributes, aesthetic value, cultural legacy, economic viability, and tourism and transportation infrastructures of the park by controlling invasive plants. Invasive species displace native flora and fauna, alter ecosystem structure and function and are extremely costly to control once established. The cornerstone of the program continues to be the outreach and education efforts that engage various audiences and interest groups.

The Nature Conservancy and Lyme Timber Company

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Project: Partnership to Protect Forest Land

Year: 2006

Brief Description: The Nature Conservancy and Lyme Timber Company received an award in 2006 for an innovative partnership that resulted in the protection of 104,000 acres of forest land in the Adirondack Park. Spanning seven towns in Franklin and Essex counties, this project balanced the environmental, economic and land use interests of multiple stakeholders. The project ensured the sustainable use of forest land, the protection of water quality and the conservation of ecologically significant habitats. By safeguarding 104,000 acres from fragmentation, this project had numerous environmental benefits including protecting foraging grounds of wildlife, preserving the forest canopy, protecting wetland resources, maintaining streams and other natural water resources, and supporting habitat for native tree species. Input from townspeople, hunt clubs, and key recreational user groups was solicited and the final plan was ultimately supported by and beneficial to everyone. This collaborative approach can be applied to future land protection projects.

Council on the Environment of NYC

Project: Rainwater Harvesting in Community Gardens

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Year: 2006

Brief Description: The Council on the Environment, known currently as GrowNYC, received the award in 2006 for promoting sustainable rainwater harvesting practices in New York City's community gardens and green spaces. As of their award, the Council had helped build 25 rainwater harvesting systems which diverted rainfall at a rate of 450 gallons for every inch of rain. The project resulted in more than 325,000 gallons of rainwater being diverted into gardens rather than flowing into storm drains. Creative partnerships and education and outreach efforts, required to address water conservation and pollution prevention in such a vast metropolitan area, contributed to the success of this project. This program continues to promote the sustainable practice of rain water harvesting as a local solution to a global problem.

Materials for the Arts (MFTA)

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Project: Premiere Municipal Reuse Center

Year: 2005

Brief Description: MFTA was honored in 2005 for developing and operating New York City's oldest reuse program. The innovative program supports the arts community and the environment by promoting reuse of a wide variety of materials collected from residences and businesses. MFTA spreads the important ecological message of waste reduction to tens of thousands of people annually. Representatives of over 3,000 registered recipient organizations annually visit the MFTA warehouse and attend professional development workshops. MFTA diverts hundreds of tons of valuable materials from being landfilled ever year. In 2004, 741 tons of material was collected for redistribution to New York City nonprofit institutions and public schools. MFTA is an excellent national model for inter-agency collaborations. Municipalities in Los Angeles, Houston, and Atlanta have established programs modeled directly after MFTA's program.

Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council

Project: Enhancing Water Quality of Canandaigua Lake

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Year: 2004

Brief Description:Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council was honored in 2004 for their collaborative efforts to protect Canandaigua Lake, a drinking water source for approximately 60,000 people. Currently, more than $100 million are generated from this area's tourism and recreation and the lake has exceptional aesthetic value to the region. Because of this, Canandaigua Lake and its surrounding watershed are considered the lifeblood of the region. A Canandaigua Lake Watershed Management Plan was created in 1999. The plan identified contaminants of concern, sources of these contaminants and listed over 100 recommendations for minimizing their impact to the lake and surrounding areas. As a result, fourteen watershed municipalities and non-watershed purveyors signed an agreement to adopt this plan and provide major funding for its implementation. The commitment to inter-municipal collaboration demonstrated by the Canandaigua Lake Watershed Council is a model for others in New York State.

Clean Air Communities (CAC) Inc.

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Project: Air Pollution Reduction Plan

Year: 2004

Brief Description: Clean Air Communities (CAC) Inc. is the collaborative of Northeast States Center for a Clean Air Future (NESCCAF) and Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM). This organization received an award in 2004 and their efforts serve as a model for how a diverse regional partnership can improve air quality from mobile and stationary sources on a local and regional basis. The innovative partnership successfully implemented a broad range of projects that helped improve a large and complicated airshed. This ongoing partnership continues to convene diverse partners in the interest of achieving environmental benefits by reducing urban air pollution and improving energy efficiency.

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