Contact: Alex Oltmanns
Date: April 20, 2016
Phone: (412) 481-9400
Email: [email protected]
Harrisburg – Along with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) hosted the annual Harrisburg Dinner last night, honoring the 13 recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence.
This year’s honorees — representing all areas of Pennsylvania — depict the best in using innovation, collaboration, and public service to protect the Commonwealth’s environment. The awards provide statewide recognition to businesses and organizations involved in numerous environmental initiatives in stormwater management, land conservation, energy efficiency, and much more. Click here to view the WGAL Channel 8 news story.
Held at the Harrisburg Hilton with WGAL Channel 8 News Anchor Janelle Stelson as the Program Emcee, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn began the evening with special commentary, praising DCNR’s partnership with PEC. She also officially announced that DCNR had recently won a national award for its Outdoor Recreation Plan.
“Our State Recreation Plan has aspirations to put a trail within 15 minutes of every Pennsylvanian,” Dunn said.
Following dinner, DEP Secretary John Quigley delivered the evening’s keynote speech where he addressed the choices that Pennsylvania is currently faced with on an environmental front, choices that can help lead Pennsylvania into a sustainable future. Quigley went on to thank this year’s honorees for making the choice for sustainability. View Secretary Quigley’s comments here.
“On behalf of Governor Wolf, I’d like to congratulate all of this evening’s award recipients and thank you all for your great work,” Quigley said. “A special thank you to PEC for their continuing, valued partnership.
“Tonight’s awardees run the gamut of environmental excellence,” he added. “The 13 exemplary projects and 17 organizations support DEP’s mission of protecting Pennsylvania’s land, air, water, and public health. We’re honoring an inspiring breadth of groups – governmental entities and communities, non-profits, private businesses, universities, county conservation districts, schools, clubs, civic partnerships, and hospitals. A real cross-section of Pennsylvania.”
This year’s winner’s (by county):
- Allegheny Land Trust – Community Awakening of Dead Man’s Hollow
- Borough of Etna – Etna Green Streetscape Phase 1
- Green Building Alliance – Pittsburgh 2030 District
- Phoenix Contact Services, Inc. – Phoenix Contact-Employee/Visitor Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation – Riparian Forested Buffer Stewardship
- Pennsylvania Resources Council & Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative – Darby Cobbs Stormwater Initiative: Getting to the New Normal
- Pennsylvania State University Department of Animal Science & Franklin County Conservation – 2015 North American Manure Expo
- Jersey Shore Area High School – Jersey Shore Outdoor Club
- SBM Site Services (in collaboration with Jones Lange LaSalle & Sustainable Waste Solutions) – Food Waste Composting Program Re-engineering
- Geisinger Medical Center – Janet Weis Children’s Hospital Solar Panel Project
- Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) – Griscom Wayside Energy Storage System
- Sustainable Energy Education and Development Support (SEEDS) of Northeastern PA – SEED’s Free Energy Assessment Program (5th Season)
- Multiple Counties
- Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC) – Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Regional Traffic Signal Program Cycle 2
About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities, and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.