Town of Canandaigua Awarded 2017 US Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Champion Award

CONTACT:  Sarah Reynolds, Development Office
PHONE:  (585) 394-1120 x2232

(Canandaigua, NY) – The Town of Canandaigua has recently been awarded the United States Environmental Protection Agency, 2017 U.S. EPA Environmental Champion Award.

The Environmental Champion Award is the highest recognition presented to the public by EPA Region 2, for those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protection and enhancing environmental quality and public health.

Over the past three years, the Town of Canandaigua has placed a high priority on natural resource protection with water quality protection at the top of the list.  Implementing community sustainability programs and additional stormwater management measures, the Town has identified protection of our natural resources and Canandaigua Lake as a priority.

“Canandaigua Lake is truly a jewel that we have been blessed to oversee during our watch,” said Greg Westbrook, Town Supervisor. “The Town Board of the Town of Canandaigua is committed to taking proactive steps to ensure the protection of Canandaigua Lake, agriculture, and all of our natural resources.  A special thank you to Senator Pamela Helming for her leadership as former Town Supervisor to set into motion measures that have resulted in this recognition.”

“The Finger Lakes region is rich with natural resources, particularly source water like Canandaigua Lake. It was a pleasure to work with my partners at the town over the years to ensure we were taking the steps necessary to preserve our natural resources, such as our viable agricultural soils and sources of drinking water. This award is a testament to the town’s continued commitment to protect the environment and our region’s natural resources. I’d like to congratulate Supervisor Westbrook, Town Manager Doug Finch and the town board on receiving this well-deserved Environmental Champion Award from the EPA,” said New York State Senator Pamela Helming.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R,C,I, Ref-Canandaigua) said, “The U.S. EPA Environmental Champion Award is an incredible recognition and one in which all of Canandaigua should take tremendous pride. The natural landscape of the Finger Lakes Region is second to none and it is fitting that the Town of Canandaigua has received this national honor. Congratulations to everyone whose efforts to protect Canandaigua Lake and the surrounding resources resulted in this historic accomplishment. Their work brings invaluable benefits to our environment, our residents and our communities.” 

“Our lakes, our quality of life, our scenic landscapes are all reasons that visitors come to our destination,” said Valerie Knoblauch President of the Finger Lakes Visitors Connection. “As the tourism agency for Ontario County, we applaud the Town of Canandaigua for its efforts and its recognition by the EPA. The work is important to not only our residents, but also our tourism economy. Together, we must cherish and hold to a high standard our sustainability efforts and together we will thrive.”

Since 2014, the Town of Canandaigua Town Board has adopted measures to ensure the continued protection of natural resources including the implementation of many portions of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, the creation of the Citizen’s Implementation Committee (C.I.C.), a Natural Resource Inventory project team, an Open Space project team, full implementation of the MS4 (Multiple Separate Storm Sewer System) Program, water quality improvement projects, stormwater protection and public education efforts through the Town’s Environmental Conservation Board and Planning Board, invasive species eradication, education of Town employees on invasive species, lot coverage review, steep slope and shoreline protection, and onsite waste water system evaluation.

Additionally, the Town of Canandaigua has been promoting sustainability through numerous avenues including the identification as a Clean Energy Community program participant with NYSERDA and the promotion of energy efficiency through the passage of a new solar energy law and the adoption of the unified solar permitting application to streamline the permitting process.

Each year, the EPA recognizes those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to protecting and enhancing environmental quality and public health. U.S. EPA Region 2, Acting Regional Administrator Catherine McCabe honored the Town of Canandaigua at a ceremony on May 19, 2017 in New York City.  Town of Canandaigua Town Clerk, Jean Chrisman accepted the Environmental Championship Award on behalf of the Town of Canandaigua.

Pictured left to right:  Dr. Maida Galvez (Director, EPA Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency); Hon. Jean Chrisman (Town Clerk – Town of Canandaigua); Mr. Eric Schaaf (Regional Counsel, Region 2 – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency).

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