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: Supportive and 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 Executive Director and co-founder of New Partners for Community Revitalization, Jody Kass (2014), OER Deputy Director, Shaminder Chawla (2015), NYSDEC Director of Remedial Bureau B, Robert Cozzy (2015) , and NYSDEC Chief of Superfund and Brownfield Cleanup, Jane H. O’Connell (2015).

The NYC Brownfield Partnership recognizes successful NYC brownfield redevelopment projects at its annual awards and networking event. To learn more about previous events please click the links below:

2015 Big Apple Brownfield Awards
2014 Big Apple Brownfield Awards
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

2018 Big Apple Brownfield Awards – Now Accepting Nominations

The Big Apple Brownfield Awards were created by the New York City Brownfield Partnership to highlight the most remarkable brownfield projects in New York City and the success of practitioners in the City’s brownfield industry.  The awards aim to celebrate and bring public attention to the most successful brownfield redevelopment projects, such as those that have used innovative remediation techniques, engaged the community positively, and demonstrated ingenuity in sustainability and green construction.

How to Nominate Your Project for a 2018 BABA

To be eligible, 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 31, 2017. Examples of final regulatory signoff include the following:
    • Notice of Satisfaction
    • Notice of Completion
    • Certificate of Completion
    • Declaration of Covenant Not to Sue
    • “No Further Action” letter.

Once you have determined that your project is eligible, please complete the Nomination Form and send it using the “Submit Form” button on the last page.  The Essay Guidelines should be used as a guide when filling out the form.



The deadline for receipt of all nomination materials is February 16, 2018.

General Information Regarding the 2018 BABAs

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 2018.

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.