Business Environmental Awards Categories

The Business Environmental Awards honor companies and organizations through five different categories. Please review the following category descriptions to ensure you are applying in the correct category.

Acterra Award for Sustainability
Acterra’s highest award recognizes businesses whose programs achieve significant triple bottom line benefits (people, planet, profit) and advance the state of sustainability in a given industry or across industry sectors. Model programs are established and holistic; promoting sustainability throughout the entire value chain and permeating through most key business functions.

Environmental Innovation
Rewards the successful implementation of a new or significantly improved environmental product, solution or technology, such as a new business service, a new invention or a new way of solving an environmental problem.

Environmental Project
Rewards a specific environmental project that has demonstrated significant leadership in a focused area, such as resource conservation (water, waste, energy), pollution prevention, or minimizing carbon footprint. Sample projects include, but are not limited to:

 An environmental education program that measurably changes behavior of employees, suppliers or customers

 A landscape project that protects and restores habitat and open space

 An outreach program committed to improving the quality of life of its employees and the community

 An exemplary energy or water conservation program

 An employee Green Team that creates remarkable and tangible solutions within the organization or among its employees

Spare the Air Leadership Award
Sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Rewards a specific air quality improvement project that has demonstrated significant leadership in a focused area, such as reducing air pollutants, greenhouse gases, pollution prevention, or developed innovative approaches to cleaner air. Sample projects include, but are not limited to:

 A comprehensive program that reduces vehicle emissions

 An air quality education program that measurably changes behavior of employees, suppliers or customers

 An air quality outreach program committed to improving the quality of life of its employees and the community

 An exemplary emissions reduction program

 An employee Green Team that creates remarkable and tangible solutions within the organization or among its employees

Sustainable Built Environment
Rewards a building project that conserves natural resources and promotes the health and well-being of its occupants through innovative sustainable design.