Environmental Stewardship is one of the primary responsibilities of the Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation (Authority/Corporation). Incorporating Environmental Stewardship into all projects and activities also is a Strategic Goal of the organization. It is good business, and it is the right thing to do!
Two main components of Environmental Stewardship include promoting environmental compliance and instituting environmental enhancements.
Compliance requires acting in accordance with the legal requirements of State and Federal environmental laws, as well as related Authority/Corporation policies. Instituting environmental enhancements involves improving our environment beyond compliance by identifying and implementing opportunities for cost-effective improvements in daily activities, capital projects and future planning efforts.
Environmental Stewardship activities encompass, but are not limited to:
- Protecting, improving and enhancing environmental conditions;
- Educating and promoting positive attitudes, ethics and behaviors related to the environment;
- Managing environmental resources and values through partnerships with public and private entities; and,
- Making decisions that consider the needs of the organization while understanding the consequences to the environment.