PEC Announces Gala Event to Honor Recipients of the 2009 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council announced today that the award ceremonies for this year’s recipients of the 2009 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence will take place at a gala dinner on April 22, 2009 in Harrisburg.

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence are presented each year by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection to highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise throughout the Commonwealth.  The awards are the highest statewide honor bestowed upon businesses and organizations for environmental performance and innovation from cleaning up watersheds, saving energy, and eliminating pollution, to reducing waste and more.

The recipients will be honored at a dinner on April 22 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Harrisburg.  John Hanger, Acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event and Janelle Stelson, News Anchor for WGAL television will be the program emcee.  The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is honored to create a gala event around the 2009 Governor’s Awards.   Dominion Foundation is the Premier Sponsor of this year’s event; PPL is this year’s dinner reception sponsor, and Saul Ewing, LLP is a Silver Sponsor for the event.

This year’s award winners are:

Cherokee Pharmaceuticals, Energy Conservation (Northumberland County)

ClearWater Conservancy, Watershed Cleanup Day (Centre County)

Dickinson College, Composting Program (Cumberland County)

Elk Regional Health System, Alternative Fuels (Elk County)

Green Building Alliance, Pittsburgh Climate Action Plan (Allegheny County)

Jason Drake, Maplewood High School, Penncrest School District, Tire Pile Cleanups (Milken Family Foundation-Festival for Youth Kickoff Event) (Crawford County)

Lake Erie Biofuels, LLC, Biodiesel Production Facility (Erie County)

Lancaster County Career & Technology Center, Apprentice Green-A Community Education Project (Cambria County)

Lower Makefield Township, Cool Cities Initiative (Bucks County)

The Maple Press Company, THINKTech® (York County)

Nalco Company, Waste and Energy Reductions – Sustainability Initiative (Lawrence County)

Pennsylvania Institute for Children’s Environmental Health (PICEH), Children’s Environmental Health Awareness via the Creation of PICEH (Berks County)

Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI), recognized for its green distribution center (Bedford County)

Sanofi Pasteur Inc., Wastewater Treatment Plant & Irrigation System (Monroe County)

Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pollution Prevention and Resource Efficiency (Monroe County)

To view a detailed summary of the fifteen winning projects, visit the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website: and click on “2009 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence”.

Tickets for the event are available from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council ($100/ticket, $60 non-profit rate).  Contact Cynthia Stofko to reserve your seat:  800-322-9214, ext. 21; [email protected].

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council brings people, government and business together to find real world solutions for environmental challenges.  These solutions bring about sustainable communities, protect our water resources, and address energy and climate issues.  The Council was founded in 1970 and serves the entire state through offices in Meadville, Luzerne, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia.  For more information visit or call 717-230-8044.

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