The Pennsylvania Environmental Council hosted its annual Harrisburg dinner last night (April 28), honoring the 15 winners of this year’s Governors Awards for Environmental Excellence at the Harrisburg Hilton.
Headlined by program emcee Janelle Stelson of WGAL, Channel 8, along with keynote speaker and Acting Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary John Quigley, the awards were bestowed to projects such as sustainability efforts, litter cleanups, and a watershed enhancement initiative, just to name a few. The winners were selected by DEP.
“We received numerous entries from worthy projects across the state,” Quigley said in a press release. “The innovations shown by this year’s winners represent Pennsylvanians’ commitment to protecting our environment.
“The excellent work you do informs and inspires what we do at DEP,” he added at the dinner.
The awards highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise throughout the Commonwealth and provide statewide recognition to businesses and organizations involved in a cross-section of environmental initiatives from cleaning up watersheds, saving energy, eliminating pollution, reducing waste, and more.
The 15 winners include:
- Adams County Chapter 323 Trout Unlimited – Conococheague Creek Trout Habitat Enhancement Project
- Sustainable Pittsburgh – Sustainable Pittsburgh’s Performance Programs: Raising the Bar for Businesses, Government, and Nonprofits
- Yardley Borough Environmental Advisory Commission – Yardley Borough Recycling Day 2014
- Exelon Generation – Kennett Square Environmental Council Stewardship and Outreach
- Headwaters Resource Conservation & Development Council – The Sinnemahoning Stakeholder Committee: A Restoration, Education, and Financial Stewardship Commitment
- Phoenix Contact Services, Inc. – Combined Cooling Heating and Power
- The Vanguard Group, Inc. – Vanguard’s Commuter Reduction Program
- Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force – Developing the Lake Erie Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Response Strategy for Recreational Waters
- Pennsylvania Sea Grant – Great Lakes – Great Stewards
- Regional Science Consortium – The Pennsylvania Lake Erie Nearshore Buoy
- PECO – Norristown Manufactured Glass Plant Site Remediation
- Philadelphia Water Department – Delaware Valley Early Warning System, Tital Spill Trajectory Tool
- Schuylkill County Municipal Authority – Deer Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant and Sanitary Upgrades
- Conemaugh Valley Conservancy, Inc. – Kiski-Conemaugh Stream Team
- Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful – Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania