Awards and Honors

Green Power Leadership Award
The City of Houston has received the Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2017, 2014, and 2008. The annual awards recognize the country’s leading green power purchasers for their commitment and contribution in helping advance the development of the nation’s green power market. With this program, EPA recognizes Green Power Partners who distinguish themselves through their leadership, overall strategy, and impact on the green power market. Houston is currently using nearly 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is equivalent to the electricity use of more than 100,000 average American homes annually. By choosing green power, Houston is accelerating the transition to a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable energy future.

Climate Protection Award 
In 2008, former Mayor Bill White was honored at this year's U.S. Conference of Mayors by receiving their prestigious Climate Protection Award. Mayor White and the City were recognized for being a national leader purchasing green energy. The City of Houston has purchased over 350 million kWh of wind energy making the City the largest municipal purchaser of renewable power in the United States.

The conference was held in Miami, FL and Jedediah Greenfield – Environmental Communications Manager – accepted the award on behalf of Mayor White. Those interested in view the ceremony can follow the link to awards video.

Gas-to-Liquid Study Grant Award 
The City of Houston was awarded a grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for $60,000 to conduct emission tests on Gas-to-Liquid (GTL) fuel. GTL fuel can reduce criteria pollutants from new and existing diesel vehicles, particularly for NOx. 

EPA DIAL Grant Award 
The City of Houston was awarded a grant by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for $650,000 to conduct its own testing and get the most accurate numbers on the amount of toxic chemicals being released by large refineries and chemical plants along the Ship Channel. The City will use a remote sensing instrument called differential absorption lidar, or DIAL. It's accuracy for emission auditing uses infrared and ultraviolet lasers to capture hard to measure emissions.

Solar America City
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has named the City of Houston as one of 25 U.S. cities as Solar America Cities. DOE recognizes Solar America Cities as partners highly committed to solar technology adoption at the local level. The awards are intended to accelerate solar adoption in cities-our nation's electricity load centers-by supporting cities' innovative efforts with financial and technical assistance. The cities selected are prepared to take a comprehensive, city-wide approach to solar technology that facilitates its mainstream adoption.

Government Synergy Award
Former Mayor White was presented with the Synergy Government Award yesterday at the Citizens Environmental Coalition’s tenth annual Synergy Award Luncheon. 

Mayor White has grabbed the attention of the community with his practical approach to making Houston “greener.” 

He has demonstrated that he knows what it takes to make Houston an environmental city. He’s been putting his know-how of sustainability to work, and in the process, he’s putting Houston on the map for becoming the energy efficiency capital of the world, and a model environmental city.

Phoenix Award
The Phoenix Awards were created in 1997 to honor and to recognize innovative yet practical brownfields remediation projects, which bring blighted, old commercial and industrial sites back to productive use. While these projects serve as models for other communities, the awards also provide a forum to showcase and publicize successful solutions to a nationwide concern. One winner from each EPA Region is selected each year, and the award presentation is made at the EPA's National Brownfields Conference held in a different U.S. city each fall. Minute Maid Park (formerly Enron Field) was presented a regional Phoenix Award at the National Brownfields conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey in October, 2000.

Best Workplaces for Commuters Award 
On September 9, 2003, the City of Houston was recognized as one of Houston's Best Workplaces for Commuters for its commitment to provide outstanding transportation benefits for employees and achieving the Best Workplaces for Commuters National Standard of Excellence awarded by the Houston-Galveston Area Council, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Clean Air Leader Award 
On November 18, 2003, the City of Houston was recognized by the Houston-Galveston Area Council as a Clean Air Leader in the Houston-Galveston Area as part of The Clean Cities/Clean Vehicles Program.