The Bay Program's Businesses for the Bay initiative has presented 10 regional businesses with esteemed Environmental Excellence Awards and one individual with the Mentor of the Year award for their efforts in reducing nutrient and chemical pollution in the Bay and its tributaries.

Businesses for the Bay Environmental Excellence Award recipients were selected by their peers and honored for their successful efforts to implement pollution prevention projects.

Pollution prevention-reducing pollutants through equipment, technology and procedure modifications, or by redesigning products-benefits businesses by helping to improve their bottom line as well as the quality of their local environment.

Winners of this year's Businesses for the Bay Environmental Excellence Awards are:

  • Partner of the Year: Virginia Regional Environmental Management System (V-REMS) Partnership
  • Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention / Large Facility: Anheuser-Busch, Inc., Williamsburg, VA; and Smithfield Packing Company, Landover, MD.
  • Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention / Medium Facility: Corporate Office Properties Trust, Columbia, MD; eCity Corp., Ellicott City, MD; and Isle of Wight Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Smithfield, VA.
  • Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention / Federal Facility: Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA.
  • Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention / State Government: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA.
  • Outstanding Achievement for Pollution Prevention / Local Government: city of Charlottesville, VA; and York County School Division, Yorktown, VA.

Mentor of the Year awards are granted to Businesses for the Bay members who go above and beyond to provide voluntary assistance and experienced insight to others on pollution prevention subjects and related environmental issues. The Mentor of the Year award went to Kristel Riddervolt from the city of Charlottesville, VA.

More than 900 companies and local municipalities throughout the Bay watershed are members of Businesses for the Bay, which is coordinated by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. The initiative works with businesses, government facilities and other organizations to prevent pollution by reducing or eliminating waste at its source.

During the 2006-2007 year, members reduced or recycled more than 512 million pounds of waste and saved more than $7.2 million.