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DEC now accepting applications for environmental excellence awards

ALBANY - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the 2011 Environmental Excellence Awards program.

The program recognizes businesses, governments, not-for-profit organizations, educational institutions, and individuals in New York State that are achieving environmental excellence through innovative and environmentally sustainable practices or partnerships.

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

Previous award winners have helped improve New York's environment through initiatives that have eliminated 2.10 million pounds of hazardous waste, saved 26 million kilowatt hours of electricity; reduced water use by 15 million gallons, recycled 382.5 million pounds of solid waste, and preserved 149,000 acres of open space.

Applications for the awards must be post marked no later than Friday, May 20. Information about the award program, the application materials and information on past award winners is available on the DEC website, www.dec.ny.gov/public/945.html, or by writing to the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Pollution Prevention Unit, 625 Broadway, Albany N.Y. 12233-1750; by phone to DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit at 402-9469, or by e-mail to eeawards@gw.dec.state.ny.us.

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