Big Apple Brownfield Awards

The Big Apple Brownfield Awards promote excellence in brownfield redevelopment by honoring successful brownfield projects in New York City.

Each year the NYC Brownfield Partnership formally recognizes successful NYC brownfield clean-up and redevelopment projects at the Big Apple Brownfield Awards, an awards and networking event. Award-winning projects have had positive effects on the community and have demonstrated excellence in the following areas: Affordable Housing, Brownfield Opportunity Area Connectivity, Collaboration, Community Outreach, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Green Building, Innovation, Open Space, and Sustainable Remediation.

In addition to recognizing Brownfield projects, the Partnership also recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on brownfield redevelopment in NYC through its Distinguished Service Award. Past winners of the Partnership’s Distinguished Service Awards include USEPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus (2009), City Council Member James F.Gennaro (2010), and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn (2011).


Each year the NYC Brownfield Partnership recognizes successful NYC brownfield redevelopment projects at an awards and networking event.

- 2013 Big Apple Brownfield Awards
- 2012 Big Apple Brownfield Awards
- 2011 Big Apple Brownfield Awards
- 2010 Big Apple Brownfield Awards
- 2009 Big Apple Brownfield Awards


2014 Big Apple Brownfield Awards Nominations

In order to be eligible for a 2014 Big Apple Brownfield Award, the project must:
- Be located within the five boroughs of New York City;
- Have been impacted by an environmental contamination issue;
- Have participated in an environmental remediation regulatory program; and,
- Have received final regulatory signoff by December 31st, 2013. Examples of final regulatory signoff include: Notice of Satisfaction, Notice of Completion, Certificate of Completion, Declaration of covenant not to sue, or ‘No Further Action’ letter.

Nominations may be submitted by an individual, firm, non-profit group, or organization involved in the project; or by a third party with sufficient knowledge of the project. Projects that do not receive a Big Apple Brownfield Award are welcome to resubmit in subsequent years.

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of the NYC Brownfield Partnership, and final selections will be approved by the Partnership’s Board of Directors. The decisions of the Board are final. Award winners will be contacted in March 2014. Nominees should attempt to quantify and demonstrate measurable activities, effects, benefits, or improvements in their responses for each award category. Submissions that exceed the allotted space in the nomination may not be considered. Awards may not be given in all categories every year.

Please complete the Nomination Form and send it to info@nycbrownfieldpartnership.org using the “Submit Form” button at the end of the form.

The deadline for receipt of all nomination materials is February 14, 2013. Materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

- Nomination Info
- Nomination Form
- Guidelines for Nomination Essays


2013 Big Apple Brownfield Awards Nominations

In order to be eligible for a 2013 Big Apple Brownfield Award, the project must:
- Be located within the five boroughs of New York City;
- Have been impacted by an environmental contamination issue;
- Have participated in an environmental remediation regulatory program; and,
- Have received final regulatory signoff by December 31st, 2012. Examples of final regulatory signoff include: Notice of Satisfaction, Notice of Completion, Certificate of Completion, Declaration of covenant not to sue, or ‘No Further Action’ letter.

Nominations may be submitted by an individual, firm, non-profit group, or organization involved in the project; or by a third party with sufficient knowledge of the project. Projects that do not receive a Big Apple Brownfield Award are welcome to resubmit in subsequent years.

Nominations will be reviewed by a committee of the NYC Brownfield Partnership, and final selections will be approved by the Partnership’s Board of Directors. The decisions of the Board are final. Award winners will be contacted in March 2013. Nominees should attempt to quantify and demonstrate measurable activities, eects, benets, or improvements in their responses for each award category. Submissions that exceed the allotted space in the nomination may not be considered. Awards may not be given in all categories every year.

Please complete the Nomination Form and send it to info@nycbrownfieldpartnership.org using the “Submit Form” button at the end of the form.

The deadline for receipt of all nomination materials is February 1, 2013. Materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

- Nomination Info
- Nomination Form
- Guidelines for Nomination Essays


2012 Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony

Save the Date! The 2012 Big Apple Brownfield Awards will be formally bestowed at the awards ceremony at NYU School of Law on May 3, 2012. Please continue to check our website for more information about the event.

2011 Big Apple Brownfield Awards

On May 25, 2011, the NYC Brownfield Partnership held its third annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards at the NYU School of Law. City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award for her work advancing brownfield cleanup in NYC including unanimous passage of the NYC Brownfield Bill in 2009 by the NYC Council and support for the city-state collaborative agreement on liability protection in 2010.

We recognized five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects. [revise links so they link to partnership’s website information on the recipients instead of OER’s]

- Green Building Award – Atlantic Terrace
- Affordable Housing Award – La Terraza
- Sustainable Remediation Award – New Fulton Fish Market
- Economic Development Award – Harlem River Yards
- Collaboration Award – Pratt Institute

In addition, Venetia Lannon, the new Regional Director of New York State Department of Environmental Conservation NYC Office, delivered the keynote speech, and the Partnership recognized its 2011 Brownfield Interns and Abbey Duncan Brownfield Scholars.

- Click here for more information on the 2011 winners.
- Click here for event photos.
- Click here to provide feedback on the event.

2010 Big Apple Brownfield Awards

On June 21, 2010, the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its second annual Big Apple Brownfield Awards Ceremony at the New York University School of Law and recognized five of New York City’s most outstanding brownfield redevelopment projects. Awards were presented in the categories of Open Space, Economic Development, Environmental Protection, Green Building, and Affordable Housing. In addition, the Partnership presented the Distinguished Lifetime Service Award to Council Member James F. Gennaro for his work on brownfields in New York City and recognized the 2010 recipients of the Brownfields Scholarships and Internships.

- Click here for more information on the 2010 winners.
- Click here to download the full 2010 Big Apple Brownfield Awards Newsletter.

2009 Big Apple Brownfield Awards

On April 13, 2009 the NYC Brownfield Partnership hosted its first annual Brownfields Award Ceremony, and recognized eight of New York’s most outstanding brownfield projects.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the people who are achieving important brownfield milestones in our City. Your visionary endeavors, tenacious advocacy, and hard work have led to projects and programs that realize sustainability goals set forth in PlaNYC,” said keynote speaker Edward Skyler, NYC Deputy Mayor for Operations

- Click here for more information on the 2009 winners.