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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.

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 2018 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 Award

Step 2: Register your program.

Early-bird registration deadline is November 3, 2017! There will be an application fee when registering. The fee can be paid by credit card or by check no later than Friday, December 15, 2017.

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 8, 2017 at 11:59 PM!

The 2018 Awards Application Categories include: Acterra Award for Sustainability, Environmental Innovation, Environmental Project, Spare the Air Leadership Award, Sustainable Built Environment

Ensure your success by reviewing the downloadable 2018 Guide to Applying and our past award winning applicants to ensure a successful application!

Need Help? Read through our Frequently Asked Questions, check out our past award winning applicants, review the downloadable 2018 Guide to Applying, or contact us at