Business Environmental Awards

Since 1990, Acterra has been celebrating sustainable business practices in the San Francisco Bay Area through our Business Environmental Awards Program. Over 200 businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations have been awarded to date.

2019 Business Environmental Awards Recipeints Announced!

Our judges have selected the 2019 Business Environmental Awards recipients. Each of these organizations is a role model for sustainability in their industry and in our local community. 

What are the Acterra's Business Environmental Awards?

The Business Environmental Awards is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s oldest and most prestigious environmental recognition programs. Initiated in 1990, it is considered a champion among award programs due to a broad geographic scope and its rigorous judging process. The awards honor the accomplishments of organizations with innovative sustainable programs and recognize environmental leaders by providing an educational forum that increases awareness and the adoption of sustainable operating practices.

Applications are now closed. Applications for the 2020 Business Environmental Awards will open in Fall 2019.

Award Categories

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Judging Process




Advisory Committee


“This is the America’s Cup of sustainability!”

~ George Denise, Former Director of Sustainability, Real Estate & Facilities, Oracle Americas, Inc.


View past award winning companies and organizations and learn more about their innovative programs through the awardee highlight videos.

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Interested in becoming a sponsor? Contact Hillary Rupert, Acting Director of Business Partnerships for Sustainability, at (650) 962-9876 x380 or


Business Environmental Award Ceremony and Reception

2019 Reception

The 2019 Acterra Business Environmental Awards Ceremony and Reception will be on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco.

2018 Reception

The 2018 Acterra Business Environmental Awards Ceremony and Reception took place on May 31 at the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco. Two hundred people were in attendance to honor the 2018 Business Environmental Award recipients. The evening was filled with celebration, learning, and networking! 

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