The Environmental Excellence Awards are one way New York State makes the environment a priority and promotes the protection of natural resources. To date, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has honored 92 organizations that are leading by example and inspiring their industries and communities. Businesses, not-for-profit organizations, academic organizations, health care and recreational facilities, local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies, as well as individuals are all eligible to apply. The DEC encourages organizations that are implementing innovative approaches and technologies, advancing sustainable practices, generating economic growth, harnessing the power of creative partnerships, and achieving extraordinary outcomes to apply. Completed applications for the 2019 awards must be submitted by Wednesday, April 17.