22nd Annual Evening for Northeast Pennsylvania's Environment
“An Evening for Pennsylvania’s Environment” – The Twenty-second Annual Environmental Partnership Awards Dinner will be held on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 5:00pm at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, Rte 315, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Seven (7) recipients of the Environmental Partnership Award and the Thomas P. Shelburne Environmental Leadership Award Recipient and the First Emerging Environmental Leader Award will be honored.
RECIPIENTS OF THE TWENTY-SECOND ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL PARTNERSHIP AWARDS ANNOUNCED – The Northeast Pennsylvania Environmental Partners are proud to announce the recipients of the Environmental Partnership Awards for 2012:
• Brodhead Creek Regional Authority Education Outreach Program, Monroe County: The Brodhead Creek Regional Authority Education Outreach Program is being honored for their Source Water Protection Program (SWPP), out of which they developed the Dr. Waters Program. A program that educates K-12 students about water pollution, rainwater runoff, conservation and watershed basics in addition to educating the general public, boy & girl scout groups, civic organizations, church groups, environmental organizations, watershed municipal leaders and zoning officials about the watershed.
• Michael Hewitt, Luzerne County: Mr. Hewitt, Program Manager for the Eastern Pennsylvania Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation (EPCAMR) is being honored for his contributions and strong commitment to addressing the reclamation and remediation of rivers and streams impacted by acid mine drainage (AMD) as well as his commitment to improving the overall environment of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Hewitt partners with numerous organizations including the Wyoming Valley Watershed Coalition, Lackawanna River Corridor Association, local municipalities, Conservation Clubs and many others to address the issues of AMD, illegal dumping, water quality and watershed health.
• Lackawanna Heritage Valley National & State Heritage Area, Lackawanna County: Lackawanna Heritage Valley National & State Heritage Area is being honored for its partnering efforts to hold the Annual Heritage Explorer Bike Tour & Festival. The bike tour is a fun, non-competitive, family friendly event that introduces residents and visitors to the trail as well as promotes healthy lifestyle choices through outdoor recreation, and encourages volunteers to become engaged in the community and to become stewards of the environment.
• John Mauser, Northampton County: Mr. Mauser is being honored for his commitment to enhance the environment of Northeastern Pennsylvania through his work and volunteer efforts with the Martins Jacoby Watershed Association, Lower Mount Bethel Authority, Northampton County EAC, Slate Belt Regional EAC Council, and the Bangor Area School District Site. Through his enthusiasm, project success, and extensive knowledge, John has been able to positively impact and establish partnerships with multiple municipal, county, state, and federal officials, school district personnel and administrators, private landowners, non-profit organizations, businesses, corporations and other environmental leaders.
• Michael Parrent, Monroe County: Mr Parrent is being honored for his efforts to sustain and improve the quality of the environment at Tobyhanna Army Depot and the surrounding Pocono Mountains community. Mr. Parrent helped shaped the Depot’s environmental programs. Through his leadership the Depot has become a national leader in environmental stewardship, with an award winning environmental program that includes pollution prevention, energy efficiency, hazardous materials management, contamination remediation and maintenance of natural resources.
• Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program, Pike County: Pike County Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program is being honored for their success in working with partners to conserve land for open space, natural resource protection, recreation, and greenway connectivity. Since the program’s inception in 2006, the Scenic Rural Character Preservation Program has protected over 1,800 acres of land in Pike County through conservation easements or acquisition.
• Peter Sussenbach, Luzerne County: Mr. Sussenbach, Wildlife Conservation Officer and Land Management Supervisor with the PA Game Commission is being honored for his exceptional commitment to working with a variety of state and private partners in developing and executing quality habitat improvement projects in NE PA. Mr. Sussenbach not only carries out the Game Commission’s mission of managing wildlife and its habitat for current and future generations, he also serves as a mentor with many youth organizations and is an active participant in community safety programs.
The First Emerging Environmental Leader Award will be presented jointly this year to Olivia Waszkiewicz and Katie Cirone: Olivia, a business major and President of Wilkes University Students in Free Enterprise Club & Katie, an environmental engineering major and President of the Wilkes University Students for Environmental Sustainability Club, coordinated a partnership between the two clubs to implement a project that improved the environmental sustainability of a local small business, Euro Bistro located in Wilkes-Barre, PA. The project introduced the concept of growing herbs utilizing aquaponics, an approach that uses no artificial fertilizers or pesticides in its agricultural method.
The Eighteenth Annual Thomas P. Shelburne Environmental Leadership Award will be presented this year to: C. Allen Sachse, Lackawanna County: Mr. Sachse is being honored for his dedication, leadership and commitment to preserving and protecting the environment of Northeastern Pennsylvania. For over forty years Mr. Sachse has been a leader in the environmental arena through creating partnerships that have improved the natural, recreational, cultural and historical landscape of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Mr. Sachse was integral in the expansion of the Delaware & Lehigh Trail, the development of the Anthracite Heritage Alliance, promoting the efforts and partnering with the Susquehanna Greenways Partnership and the Lehigh River Water Trail, providing technical assistance in the development of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, expanding the Lehigh Valley Greenways and establishing the D&L Trail Alliance.
This year’s Keynote address will be given by Tataboline (Ta) Enos, Small Business Ombudsman, PA Wilds: Ta works on the Pennsylvania Wilds Initiative, a collaborative effort that aims to grow the nature and heritage tourism industry across 12 ½ counties of rural Pennsylvania as a way to diversify local economies, create jobs, inspire stewardship and improve quality of life. The Wilds Initiative has earned national recognition and grassroots support for the practical ways it marries conservation and economic development, and for the many partnerships it has fostered across traditional boundaries.
Ellen Ferretti, Deputy Secretary, Parks & Forestry, PA DCNR will be the Master of Ceremonies.
The Environmental Partnership Awards and Dinner is an annual event. In presenting these awards, the Partners: Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, PA Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, PA Department of Environmental Protection, Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s NE Office, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, and Wilkes University join together to recognize outstanding accomplishments and teamwork in achieving excellence in environmental protection or conservation in Northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Awards are open to any group, individual, company, program, or organization located in Northeastern Pennsylvania - or whose work has had a positive impact on the environment of the Northeastern Pennsylvania community of the following counties: Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Northampton, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne & Wyoming.
A Special Thank You to our Current Sponsors:
Premier Dinner Benefactors: Chesapeake Energy.
Dinner Benefactors: Pennoni Associates, Inc.; PPL Corporation.
Dinner Patrons: Groundwater Sciences Corporation; Linde Corporation; Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services; Pocono Manor Investors, LP; The Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company; UGI Corporation.
Dinner Sponsors: Borton Lawson; Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor; Hawk Mtn Labs, Inc.; Pennsylvania American Water.
Dinner Contributors: CAN DO, Inc.; Earth Conservancy; Dr. & Mrs. William Eberhardt; Joe Hunt & Associates; M&T Bank; Woodloch Resorts & Spa; and Wyoming Valley Sanitary Authority.
To receive information or an invitation to the Awards Dinner, please click on the link below or call the Pennsylvania Environmental Council at 570-718-6507.