Environmental Excellence Awards Program

Environmental Excellence Awards Program

The Environmental Excellence Awards Program recognizes exceptional projects carried out by municipal, county, and regional governments and non-profit organizations that, through careful planning and execution, stand to have a significant and lasting positive impact on the natural environment. The program is sponsored by the New York State Association of Conservation Commissions (NYSACC) and the New York State Association of Environmental Management Councils (NYSAEMC) and is designed to showcase and promote projects that can be replicated in communities across New York State and beyond. In addition, NYSACC each year honors an individual who has demonstrated “lifelong environmental concern and service” through the Margery Sachs Award for Environmental Leadership, named in memory of one of NYSACC’s original directors.

If you represent a municipal, county, or regional government or non-profit organization in New York State that has recently completed a project in the areas of Environmental Planning & Design, Natural Resource Protection, Community Action & Engagement, Education, Research, or another related subject area, we invite you to nominate your project for consideration in this year’s Environmental Excellence Awards Program.

Environmental Excellence Award nominations are due two weeks before the first day of the annual New York State Conference on the Environment (NYSCOE), held each fall. Nominations are evaluated by a panel of reviewers from NYSACC and NYSAEMC, with winners announced at the annual NYSCOE awards luncheon.

To complete an awards nomination form online, click here. To download an awards nomination form, click here.

Past Award Recipients


2015

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • No Recipient

2014

Environmental Project Award Recipient

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Peter RizzoFor his years of dedication to civic environmental stewardship and generous contributions to the mission of NYSACC.

2013

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Kathleen MeccaFor her role as a community leader and steadfast advocate for environmental justice in the West Side neighborhood of the City of Buffalo, NY.

2012

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Charles MorrisonFor his significant roles in establishing conservation commissions and county environmental management councils in New York State and in the creation of NYSACC and the New York State Association of Environmental Management Councils.

2011

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • No Recipient

2010

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • John FavaFor his contributions to the Town of North Castle, NY, Conservation Board and service on NYSACC’s Board of Directors.

2009

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • No Recipient

2008

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • No Recipient

2007

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Maung HtooFor his dedication as chair of the Town of LaGrange, NY, Conservation Advisory Council and service on NYSACC’s Board of Directors.

2006

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • George MelroseFor his leadership as the long-time chair of the Town of Tonawanda, NY, Environmental Commission and Erie County, NY, Environmental Management Council.

2005

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Ann BrandtFor her service as a member of the Town of Woodstock, NY, Environmental Commission; the Ulster County, NY, Environmental Council; and NYSACC’s Board of Directors.

2004

Environmental Project Award Recipients

  • No Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • No Recipient

2003

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Simon Skolnik – For his service as chair of the Town of Bedford, NY, Conservation Board and vice president of NYSACC.

2002

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Lee Hanle Younge – For her service as chair of the Town of Big Flats, NY, Environmental Conservation Committee and the Chemung County, NY, Environmental Management Council.

2001

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Joy Squires – For her tireless dedication as the president of NYSACC and chair of the Town of Huntington, NY, Conservation Board.

2000

Environmental Project Award Recipients

 

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Don Duger – For his service on the NYSACC Board of Directors and as chair of the Town of Elbridge, NY, Environmental Commission.

1999

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Annette Kaicher – For her service as a member of the City of White Plains, NY, Conservation Board; the Westchester County, NY, Environmental Management Council; and NYSACC’s Board of Directors.

1998

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • No Recipient

1997

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Elizabeth Sluder – For her service as chair of the Town of North Castle, NY, Conservation Board and chair of the Westchester County, NY, Environmental Management Council.

1996

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • No Recipient

1995

Margery Sachs Award Recipient

  • Eve Fertig – For her service as chair of the Town of Alden, NY, Environmental Conservation Commission; founder of the Enchanted Forest Wildlife Sanctuary in the Town of Alden, NY; and member of NYSACC’s Board of Directors.