Two hundred and fifty of PEC’s friends and partners gathered on Wednesday May 22 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Pittsburgh to honor the four winners of the 2019 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards and a Lifetime Achievement honoree.
Co-Sponsored with Dominion Energy, the annual event showcases some of the best of the best in environmental and conservation stewardship in the region.
This year’s event also featured a keynote address by Andrew Place, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commissioner, who spoke of the critical issues with which the Commission and Pennsylvania are grappling, especially when it comes to energy choices and how that all related to the evening’s themes of legacies and stewardship.
The winners of this year’s awards, chosen through a nomination and judging process, were:
- Aspinwall Riverfront Park;
- Luke DeGroote, Director of the Avian Research Center at Powdermill Nature Reserve;
- The Pennsylvania Outdoor Corps; and
- Troy Firth, founder of the Foundation for Sustainable Forests
The Lifetime Achievement honoree, introduced at the event by Cindy Adams-Dunn, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, was Ron Steffey, former Executive Director of the Allegheny Valley Land Trust and steward of the Armstrong Trail that USA Today called one of Pennsylvania’s top destinations.
Plans are already underway for the 2020 event which will also mark PEC’s fiftieth anniversary. Stay tuned for details.