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DEC Recognizes Seven Innovative Programs Working to Sustain NY's Natural Resources and Strengthen the Economy
Ecovative and six other organizations received New York State Environmental Excellence Awards for innovative programs and outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, social responsibility and economic viability, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced yesterday. "As the Cuomo Administration strives to build a new New York, these awardees today are doing just that by making a positive impact on our economy and improving and protecting our state's environment," DEC Commissioner Martens said. "Environmental stewardship requires all stakeholders to work in concert: businesses, not-for-profits, schools, municipalities, government and residents. That's why the Environmental Excellence Awards are so important. Through them, DEC is able to showcase those who are leading by example." DEC established the awards program in 2004 to recognize those who are improving and protecting New York's environment and contributing to a more healthy economy by advancing sustainable practices and involving creative partnerships. A statewide review committee, made up of 20 representatives from public and private sectors, advised DEC in selecting the award winners from an array of more than 60 applications received in May. For additional information about the Environmental Excellence Awards program and past winners, and to learn about applying for the 2013 awards, please visit DEC's website.
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