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Greening Your Business

Incorporate Sustainability into Your Everyday Business Practices

Today's businesses face many challenges. Greening up your operation shouldn't be one of them. DEC has a variety of programs to help you meet your economic and environmental goals.

Be Environmentally Conscious and Productive

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Tap into cutting edge research and technology and bring pollution-reduction processes to your company. Learn how the NYS Pollution Prevention Institute makes businesses more competitive by enabling them to be more efficient and reduce their carbon footprint.

Join New York's Leaders in Sustainable Business

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Get recognized for implementing green business practices. Move beyond regulatory compliance, make a positive impact on public health and the environment, and enhance your bottom line. Join the New York Green Business program.

Stay in a Certified Green Hotel

Learn about New York's certified green hotels by visiting Empire State Development's "Green Travel" website. The link may be found at the top right of this page. Here, you will find a variety of green accommodations, dining, and transportation options to book your environmentally conscious business trip or vacation getaway.

Save Money, Reduce Operating Costs and Create Sustainable Buildings

Utilize building materials more effectively. Provide healthy environments for your employees. Use land more efficiently.

Using Innovative Practices to Solve Environmental Challenges?

Tell us about your success story and submit your Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) application today. For years, New York businesses, not-for profits, educational institutions, and individuals have enjoyed the recognition that EEA brings to their organization.

Manage Your Waste Effectively

Prevent waste, maximize resources, and increase efficiency. Give your company a competitive edge by implementing solid waste reduction and recycling into your everyday business practices.

Turn Environmental Challenges into Market Opportunities

Former brownfield, now a combination IKEA store and park
Once a brownfield, this Brooklyn site
features a public park and a retail store.

Capital, research and development, and technical assistance funding is available from Empire State Development (see links leaving DEC's website). The funding assists projects that produce measurable and significant results in waste prevention, pollution prevention, reuse, recycling and/or remanufacturing, and sustainable product development.

Benefit from Sustainable Planning and Redevelopment

Your creativity and innovation can green up the brown. The Brownfield Cleanup Program provides incentives to restore and re-use contaminated sites, which are often located in areas that are highly desirable for business. DEC's environmental cleanup programs include resources for assessment and cleanup, liability releases and technical assistance that promote long-term job creation and community revitalization.

Green Hospitality

The inside of a hotel room with sustainable and energy efficient products
Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Holderied,
Proprietor of the Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort
Nice Green Beds! Hoteliers incorporate
sustainable products and smart energy
practices into everyday business operations.

The NYS Green Hospitality and Tourism Partnership (a collection of state agencies, industry associations, and academia) promoted "green tourism" in New York State.

Under this Initiative, hoteliers and restaurateurs were encouraged to incorporate sustainable practices into their everyday business operations (commitments to water quality and conservation, waste reduction, resource conservation, and energy efficiency) and earn a NY State-recognized green certification. While this program is no longer active, we encourage you to visit the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute's website for more information.

More about Greening Your Business:

  • New York Green Business - An environmental leadership program to motivate New York's regulated community to implement environmental management systems (EMSs) that focus on improved environmental performance. The program provides recognition and incentives to organizations that are able to demonstrate, and provide future commitment to, improved environmental performance.
  • Green Meetings - Everything you have wanted to know to be "green" and host "green" meetings... but were afraid to ask!