Former state Senator Edwin “Ted” Erickson passed away earlier this week, leaving behind a tremendous environmental legacy. His professional career reflected strong dedication to the residents of Delaware County and the Commonwealth. In addition to his tenure with the General Assembly, Ted Erickson’s career included serving as Regional Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Director of Public Health and Chief Administrator for Upper Darby Township, and as a member of Delaware County Council.
Of particular importance in 2019, Senator Erickson was the primary sponsor of the Pennsylvania Climate Change Act of 2008 – a landmark bill that directed the Commonwealth to account for greenhouse gas emissions, identify strategies to reduce those emissions, and assess the potential impacts of climate change. This work continues today through the Department of Environmental Protection’s Climate Action Planning process, as well as the Pennsylvania Climate Impact Assessment.
He was also the lead sponsor of legislation (SB1030) that led to adoption of Pennsylvania’s 2004 Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards.
In addition, Senator Erickson was the primary sponsor of Act 123 of 2014, which authorized municipalities to establish authorities for the purpose of implementing stormwater pollution prevention programs.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council was fortunate to work with the Senator on these legislative initiatives, and we had the privilege of honoring him with the Curtin Windsor Award in 2014.
His leadership and character will be greatly missed.