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New York State Environmental Excellence Awards

A picture of the Environmental Excellence Award.

The New York Environmental Excellence Awards recognize and give visibility to outstanding, innovative and sustainable projects or programs. Eligible applicants include businesses, educational institutions, not-for-profit organizations, facilities, government agencies (except DEC), and individuals implementing innovative, sustainable actions or working in creative partnership to improve and protect New York's environmental resources and contribute to a viable economy.

Winners are honored each year at an awards ceremony. The ceremony, which is usually held in late November or early December, allows winners to present and display information about their award winning project or program.

DEC Commissioner Joe Martens delivered a keynote address (PDF) (100 KB) at the 10th Annual award presentation in 2013 in recognition of each organization's innovative programs and outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability.

For additional information, contact the Division of Environmental Permits and Pollution Prevention at

awards@dec.ny.gov or by calling (518)402-9469

The awards program was established in 2004. Since the inception of the program, DEC has honored 60 organizations that have helped improve New York's environment through initiatives that have:

  • reduced more than 25,000 tons of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emissions;
  • eliminated more than 2 million pounds of hazardous waste;
  • reduced the use of heating oil or other petroleum products by at least 1 million gallons;
  • saved at least 37 million kilowatt hours of electricity;
  • reduced water consumption by more than 35 million gallons;
  • captured at least 6 million gallons of stormwater;
  • diverted at least 7,500 tons of waste from landfills;
  • eliminated the use of at least 110,000 single-use plastic shopping bags;
  • preserved more than 150,000 acres of open space; and
  • involved thousands of students in environmental education activities.

More about New York State Environmental Excellence Awards:

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