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San José Environmental Services (ESD) is an award-winning department. Recent awards include:

Award recipients receive recognition from the San Jose City Council for their efforts to prevent pollution in the San Francisco Bay.Watershed Protection
  • Award for collaborative and multi-faceted approach for preventing pollution in San Francisco Bay from the SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Outstanding Environmental Project Award for its work in removing trash from creeks from the State of the San Francisco Estuary Committee

Integrated Waste Management
  • Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) for the Clean Water Action and Clean Water Fund’s ReThink Disposable Program, of which ESD is a partner
  • National Community Improvement Award for Litter Prevention from Keep America Beautiful for efforts to curb illegal dumping
  • Pride of San José Award for the Illegal Dumping Mitigation and Response Team
  • Outstanding Business Leadership Award to San Jose Earthquakes, with help from ESD, from the National Recycling Coalition for the greening of Avaya Stadium
  • Outstanding Practices in Venue/Event Resource Recovery Award from the California Resource Recovery Association for the San Jose State University Move Out event

San José-Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility
  • Utility of the Future Today Recognition Program award for exceptional performance and for demonstrating success in innovative and sustainable utility management practices by national partnership of national water sector organizations; award given only to 61 utilities in the U.S., Canada, and Denmark
  • Achievement Award for Organizational Excellence for the Capital Improvement Program from California Association of Sanitation Agencies
  • National Environmental Planning Award for the Plant Master Plan from the American Planning Association
  • Award of Merit for Innovation in Green Community Planning for the Plant Master Plan from the American Planning Association of Northern CA

  • One EPIC (Excellence in Public Information Communications) award for Behind the Flush video from the California Association of Public Information Officers
  • Two Distinction Awards for ESD’s internal staff newsletter and the San Jose Earthquakes soccer league marketing campaign from the California Association of Public Information Officers
  • Best Outreach Campaign Focused on Non-English Speaking Groups Award from CalRecycle for the San Jose Earthquakes campaign