The New York State Department of Conservation has annouced the 2008 recipients of the Environmental Excellence Award. Recipients include:
The Golden Arrow Resort in Lake Placid for its “green roof”-a rooftop expanse of native plants that provides wildlife habitat, reduces water runoff and helps keep the inn warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Brewster School District in Putnam County for its “Environmental Education/Sustainable Practices Project,” that includes capital improvements and managerial processes to save energy and protect the region’s water supply by preventing excessive plant growth, loss of oxygen and fish kills in the receiving waters.
Union College, Schenectady County, which has instituted the U-Sustain initiative–an innovative, campus-wide program that involves faculty, staff, students and administrators in reducing the ecological footprint of the college, increasing environmental awareness on campus and in the community and making the college more sustainable.
Chemung County Soil and Water Conservation District and Southern Tier Central Regional Planning and Development Board, Chemung County for working together to develop an innovative guide, Stream Processes: A Guide to Living in Harmony with Streams, that describes how streams work and why functioning floodplains are integral parts of stream systems.
Aslan Environmental and City of Kingston Wastewater Treatment Plant, Ulster County for developing the first system for managing wastewater treatment plant residuals in an economical and environmentally sound manner.
New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee, Albany County for using Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM)-Farming New York Cleaner and Greener Program to show that a voluntary, incentive-based approach to agricultural management can successfully protect and enhance soil and water resources, while preserving the economic viability of a diverse agricultural community.
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