Department of Environmental Facilities Hosts 5th Annual Eco Awards

Westchester County Executive George Latimer and Westchester County’s Department of Environmental Facilities (DEF) celebrated Earth Day early by hosting the 5th annual Eco Awards at Glen Island Park in New Rochelle. The Eco Awards recognize outstanding contributions to the environment and sustainability made by residents, students, schools, municipalities, businesses, and other organizations. 

Latimer said: “The initiatives and projects led by the recipients of this year’s Eco Awards have made a significant impact on Westchester County’s environment. These winners range from students to municipalities and organizations that epitomize a dedication to sustainability and community well-being. These achievements inspire all of us to continue to help make Westchester County, and our planet, the best it can be.”

First Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Facilities Louis Vetrone said: “The Department of Environmental Facilities is privileged to host the Eco Awards and recognize the contributions made by this year’s class of exceptional winners. Westchester County continues to be a leader in environmental efforts in large part because of the contributions of the people here today.”

The 2024 Eco Award Winners include:

Greystone Food Scrap Program: For developing a food scrap recycling program at The Greystone Co-op, which resulted in diverting 8 tons of food scraps from the waste stream in 2023.

Melanie Tucker: For a Capstone Project that educates on the importance of recycling not only for people but also for animals and our shared natural environment.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Zeta Nu Omega Chapter: For the Chapter’s instrumental role in A Love Letter to Nature, an interdisciplinary garden project designed to educate the community on composting and greenhouse gardening.

The City of White Plains: For the development of a local composting site at the Gedney Way Recycling Center.

Hilltop Hanover Farm: For developing and hosting the first Community Work Day for Native Plants Care.

Balaboste: For emphasizing zero waste and sustainability principles in offering space organization services.

City of Rye: For achieving the highest municipal curbside recycling rate in Westchester County in 2023.

Village of Irvington: For achieving the highest waste percent reduction in Westchester County in 2023.

Brightcore Energy: For offering clients environmentally friendly options for meeting energy needs, while providing cost savings, limiting waste and reducing carbon footprint.

David Tonjes – Stony Brook University: For research designed to improve the management of solid waste in New York State.

Mom’s Organic Market in Dobbs Ferry: For an emphasis on environmental sustainability and locally sourced options and providing customers with an extensive recycling take-back program.

New Rochelle Parks Department – Green and Sustainable Operations Program: For implementing green practices that emphasize sustainability in operations, achieving a “Green Marina” designation, and donating produce to feed the food insecure.