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DEC accepting award nominations

ALBANY - Applications are now being accepted for the 2010 Environmental Excellence Awards program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis announced Feb. 23.

The program recognizes businesses, governments, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions and individuals that are implementing creative and environmentally sustainable practices or partnerships.

DEC is especially interested in acknowledging projects that achieve significant environmental benefits through: cutting-edge pollution prevention technologies; improvements in manufacturing processes; initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions; programs that make schools and businesses more "green;" energy conservation and green energy production efforts; waste reduction and recycling efforts; stormwater management and watershed planning; environmental protection and restoration efforts; and land conservation.

Past award winners, which include the Golden Arrow Resort in Lake Placid, have helped improve New York's environment by developing initiatives that eliminated 2.1 million pounds of hazardous waste, recycled more than 382 million pounds of solid waste, and preserved 149,000 acres of open space.

Applications for the awards must be postmarked no later than Friday, May 21, 2010. For information about the award program, the application materials and information on past award winners, call DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit at 402-9469.

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