Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Gov. Corbett Announces 2012 Environmental Excellence Award Winners

Gov. Tom Corbett Wednesday announced that 17 environmental projects from across the state will receive the 2012 Environmental Excellence Award.
            “These businesses, schools and organizations have demonstrated a commitment to reducing our impact on the environment, and I commend them for their efforts,” Corbett said. “The winning projects raise the bar for all of us to be more environmentally conscious.”
            Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Krancer will be the keynote speaker at tonight’s Pennsylvania Environmental Council award event at the Hilton in downtown Harrisburg.
“Innovation is paramount to our ability to craft sensible environmental policy,” Krancer said. “We applaud all the award winners for their spirit of innovation and their passion for improving the environment.”
            Gov. Corbett and DEP urged any Pennsylvania business, school, government agency, trade organization, non-profit organization or agribusiness involved in efforts to promote environmental stewardship and economic development to apply for the award. DEP and the non-profit Pennsylvania Environmental Council then reviewed the applications and made selections.
            The winning projects include those focused on abandoned mine reclamation, alternative energy, energy management and the creation of a public compressed natural gas refueling station.  The winners are:
Allegheny County
-- Giant Eagle – Giant Eagle Delivering a Clean Future, CNG Project
-- Propel Schools – Sunflower Fields Forever
-- Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission – Regional Traffic Signal Program
Berks County
-- Anthony Rymar – UGI-PNG former Water Street Manufactured Gas Plant
Butler County
-- Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance Inc. – Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project
Centre County
-- Bald Eagle Area School District – Wingate Complex Renovation with Solar, Geothermal and Environmental Center
Clinton County
-- Trout Unlimited – West Branch Recovery Benchmark Project
Franklin County
-- Chambersburg Area School District – CASD Energy Management, Conservation and Energy Star Partnership
Lancaster County
-- ElectroCell Technologies Inc. – ElectroCell Technologies/Snavely Farms Green Cycle Nutrient Trading and Odor Reduction Project
-- Mount Joy Borough Authority – Nutrient Credit Trade and Class A Implementation Program
Luzerne County
-- Earth Conservancy – Espy Run Wetlands Enhancement Project
Montgomery County
-- Greener Partners – Longview Center for Agriculture
Philadelphia County
-- ARCA Advanced Processing LLC – First URT Refrigerator Recycling Plant in the United States
-- PECO, in partnership with the Franklin Institute and the National Energy Education Development Project – PECO Energizing Education Program
-- Zoological Society of Philadelphia – Bird Lake Wetland
York County
-- PA Apiculture Inc. – PennApic Learning Center and Public Outreach Program
-- Sunnyside Farm – Farming without Petroleum

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