Air Quality Stewardship Awards

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AACOG’s Air Quality Stewardship Award annually recognizes businesses, agencies, schools, and other organizations that have made significant voluntary efforts to reduce air pollution. The varying sizes, structures, and missions of nominated organizations are taken into consideration in the selection process.

Eligible for an Air Quality Stewardship Award is any organization with a physical presence within San Antonio or one of its eight surrounding counties* that has helped to improve air quality in at least one of the following categories:

Commuter Assistance

Examples: Offering programs or incentives that encourage employees to use mass transit and/or carpools and offering alternative (off traffic-peak) work schedules

Fleet Management

Examples: Utilizing alternative-fuel vehicles and hybrids and establishing idle-reduction policies for delivery trucks/vans

Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building

Examples: Using energy-efficient lighting and equipment in offices and low- or no-VOC building products in construction

Industrial Process Pollution Reduction

Examples: Replacing outdated equipment and retrofitting stacks and furnaces with scrubbers or other control technologies or using low-VOC products in production processes


Examples: Planting native, drought-resistant foliage and establishing policies that ban the use of gas-powered mowers and other landscaping equipment on Air Quality Health Alert days

Air Quality Education

Examples: Participating in the region’s Air Quality Health Alert program by forwarding alerts to employees with recommendations for measures they can take to reduce pollution on Air Quality Health Alert days 
In addition to an award bestowed for the broad-based activities of an organization, individual projects carried out by an organization will also be eligible for an Air Quality Stewardship Award. These individual projects must be clearly and specifically linked to a reduction in air pollution.

The winners of the annual Air Quality Stewardship Awards are selected by AACOG’s Air Improvement Resources (AIR) Executive Committee, comprised of elected officials from local governments in the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area. Their selections are based on recommendations of the AIR Public Education Committee whose members review information provided by nominated organizations within the AACOG region. The members of the AIR Public Education Committee represent local businesses and government agencies that are also committed to air quality stewardship.

Nominations for the 2017 Air Quality Stewardship Awards are being accepted through November 7, 2016. Awards will be presented during March or April 2017. If you would like nominate a business, school, agency, or organization, please click here. For more information, please contact Annette Prosterman at (210) 362-5213 or

Air Quality Stewardship Awards in Recent Years

2016 - DoSeum, A-AAA Key Mini Storage Solar (project of Brundage Management Company), ECHO Data Center (project of CPS Energy), RideShare and vCommuter Center Program (project of Joint Base San Antonio), University Hospital Sky Tower(project of University Health System), and VIA VILLA: Centro Plaza (project of VIA Metropolitan Transit).
2015 – San Antonio Missions National Park, Eco Centro (project of San Antonio College), Skymine (project of Skyonic and Zachry Corporations)
2014 – Bexar County, CEMEX Balcones Cement Plant, and Phil Hardberger Park Conservancy
2013 – Lake|Flato Architects
2012 – City of Leon Valley, Eagle Veterinary Hospital, HOLT Cat
2011 – Build San Antonio Green, Clothesline Cleaners, Corbo Electric, Episcopal Church of Reconciliation, USAA

* Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson Counties.