Business Environmental Awards

Since 1990, Acterra has been celebrating sustainable business practices in the San Francisco Bay Area through our Business Environmental Awards Program.

The awards honor the accomplishments of organizations with innovative sustainable programs. Over 200 businesses, government agencies and nonprofit organizations have been awarded to date. The BEA Program is considered a champion among award programs due to the broad geographic scope and its rigorous judging process. Stay informed about the process and award recipients:

Past Award Recipients

Applications for the 2020 Business Environmental Awards will close December 6, 2019.

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Review the Award Categories & Eligibility

Review the Judging Process



This is the America’s Cup of sustainability!
— George Denise, Former Director of Sustainability, Real Estate & Facilities, Oracle Americas, Inc.

Judges and Advisory Committee

Our Judges and Advisory Committee are volunteer. Each individual has a working knowledge of environmental issues through education, professional or volunteer experience.

2020 Advisory Committee

2020 Judges


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“We are so honored that Acterra has recognized our program knowing the high value of leadership they have in the environmental and sustainability world” - Dorinda Shipman, Principal & VP, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

"This is the America's Cup of sustainability."  - George Denise, former Dir. of Sustainability, Real Estate & Facilities, Oracle Americas, Inc. 

"When I think of Acterra I think of three things: recognition, evangelism, and most importantly action." - Matt Duesterberg, CEO, OhmConnect 

 “I want to thank Acterra for recognizing our work and for the work of others in this room that help us to create a more sustainable and climate-friendly future for generations to come.” - Doug Linney, Board Member, EBMUD

“I’d like to thank Acterra for this award. It is inspiring and humbling all at the same time” - Founding Partner & Architect Sam Nunes, WRNS Studio

“We don’t stop enough to say hey we are making a difference. We are making an impact so we really appreciate being here and being forced to stop for a minutes and take a step back and smile.” - CEO & Co-Founder Josh Carter, Aperia Technologies

2019 Ceremony and Reception

The 2019 Acterra Business Environmental Awards Ceremony and Reception took place on May 22 at the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco. Over 175 people were in attendance to honor the 2019 Business Environmental Award recipients. The evening was filled with celebration, learning, and networking! 

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