PEC recognizes “40 Under 40” environmentalists

PEC recognizes 40 environmental leaders under the age of 40 who who will shape the way we treat our land, air and water over the next several decades.
August 18, 2010
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In celebration of its 40th Anniversary, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), has selected 40 Pennsylvanians under the age of 40 as recipients of its 40 Under 40 Awards. Recipients will be honored at PEC’s 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Civic Club of Harrisburg on September 22nd.

Nearly 100 environmental professionals and volunteers were nominated for this statewide honor. Nominees included volunteers and professionals in a diverse range of environmental fields throughout the entire Commonwealth including planning, research, education and advocacy.

“PEC has reflected much on our past successes during our 40th Anniversary, and recognizing this next generation of environmental leaders is our way of looking to the future with a great deal of excitement,” said Don Welsh, President and CEO of PEC.
“We learned that these young leaders stand poised to tackle our state’s most important upcoming challenges including Marcellus Shale development, renewable energy, and stormwater, among others,” he said.

The 40 Under 40 Recipients are:
1. Sherry Acevedo, 36
Resource Conservation Specialist, Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor

2. Phyllis Barber, 38
Sustainanbility Coordinator- Environmental Management, Highmark, Inc

3. Lindsay Baxter, 27
Sustainability Coordinator, Office of the Mayor, City of Pittsburgh

4. Thomas Baxter, 31
Executive Director, Friends of the Riverfront

5. Heather Blakeslee, 36
Programs & Advocacy Director, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

6. April Claus, 37
Director of Environmental Education, Sewickley Heights Borough/Fern Hollow
Nature Center

7. Maureen Copeland, 27
Community Programs Manager, GTECH Strategies, Inc.

8. Danielle Crumrine, 32
Executive Director, Friends of Pittsburgh Urban Forest

9. Timothy Dugan, 29
Assitant District Forester, PA-DCNR- Bureau of Forestry

10. Katherine Gajewski, 30
Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia

11. Marijke Hecht, 39
Director of Education, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

12. Tara Hemmer, 37
Special Projects Manager, Waste Management of Pennsylvania
Fairless Hills

13. Robert Hughes, 38
Executive Director, Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation

14. Stacey Kennealy, 29
Certification Program and Sustainability Director, GreenFaith
New Brunswick

15. Christine Knapp, 31
Director of Outreach, Citizen’s for Pennsylvania’s Future

16. Christopher Kocher, 37
President, Wildlands Conservancy

17. Leanne Krueger-Braneky, 33
Executive Director, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia

18. Emily Landsburg, 32
CEO, BlackGold BioFuels

19. Lauren Lazzari, 29
Vice President, Investar, Inc.

20. Megan Lehman, 29
Environmental Planner, Lycoming County

21. Brian Linton, 23
Founder, United By Blue

22. David Masur, 38
Director, PennEnvironment

23. Maura McCarthy, 36
Executive Director, Friends of the Wissahickon

24. Deborah Nardone, 36
Coldwater Resource Specialist, Pennsylvania Council of Trout Unlimited
Pleasant Gap

25. Joel Perkovich, 31
Principal, Tsuga Studios and Allegheny GreenRoofs

26. Daniel Reilly, 36
Attorney/Associate, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

27. Jennifer Rezeli, 37
Principal, Re:Vision Architecture

28. Ann Roda, 30
Market Based Programs Coordinator, Office of Water Planning, PA Dept. of Environmental Protection

29. Jake Romig, 37
President/Founder, Ecostruction LLC

30. Todd Sampsell, 38
Deputy State Director, The Nature Conservancy

31. Kristin Sewak, 35
Executive Director, Natural Biodiversity

32. Aurora Sharrard, PhD, 30
Director of Innovation, Green Building Alliance

33. Brian Shema, 34
Director of Conservation, Audubon Society of Western PA

34. Jennifer Shuey, 39
Executive Director, ClearWater Conservancy
State College

35. James Sloss, 35
Energy & Utilities Manager, City of Pittsburgh

36. Amy Jo Smith, 28
Grant Manager, Economic Development Corporation of Erie County

37. Sarah Thorp, 38
Master Planning Manager, Delaware River Waterfront Corporation

38. Susan Turcmanovich, 38
External Affairs Manager, Pennsylvania American Water

39. Brad Waldron, 34
Vice President, Novel Geo-Environmental, LLC
Moon Township

40. Nathan Wildfire, 28
Sustainable Policy Coordinator, East Liberty Development, Inc
For more information about PEC’s 40th anniversary celebration, visit
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The Pennsylvania Environmental Council promotes the protection and restoration of the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy with the private sector, government, individuals and communities as partners to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians.
Now celebrating its 40th Anniversary, PEC serves the entire state through offices in Meadville, Luzerne, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia.

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