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Apply for 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.

Application Deadline extended to Tuesday, December 11!

Step 1: Confirm your eligibility.

Most private or public business entities, divisions or facilities located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz*, Solano*, and Sonoma* County are eligible to apply. Review the downloadable 2019 Guide to Applying to confirm eligibility.

*Only applicants operating within the boundaries of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District's jurisdiction may apply for the Spare the Air Leadership Award

Step 2: Register your program.

We request that you register your intent to apply as soon possible and provide basic contact information. There is a nominal application fee to pay when registering. The fee can be paid by credit card online or by check. If paying by check, the fee is due by December 15. Take advantage of early-bird registration pricing when you register on or before November 2, 2018. You then have until December 11 to submit your completed application.

Application Fee:

  • Small Organization (100 employees or less) - $75 (or $50 for early registration)

  • Medium Organization (101-1,000 employees) - $225 (or $175 for early registration)

  • Large Organization (1,001 or more employees) - $375 (or $325 for early registration)

Acterra is a small non-profit and the application fee allows us to facilitate this award program year after year! Your application fee helps us to process your application, provide support for our applicants, and ensure that the awards program runs smoothly. If the fee represents a financial hardship, please contact to request a reduced or waived fee; no one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. 

Step 3: Apply by completing the Application Form

The application must be completed and submitted by December 11, 2018 at 11:59 PM!

Ensure your success by reviewing the downloadable 2019 Guide to Applying and our past award winning applicants to select the correct award category and learn about application requirements.

The 2019 Awards Application Categories are: Acterra Award for Sustainability, Environmental Innovation, Environmental Project, Spare the Air Leadership Award, and Sustainable Built Environment.

Need Help? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions, check out our past award winning applicants, review the downloadable 2019 Guide to Applying, or contact us at