The Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy working in Berks, Bucks, Lehigh and Montgomery counties has honored seven members of the community with 2015 Environmental Awards for their contributions to a healthier watershed.
According to the Conservancy, “Through their initiatives to investigate, plan, install, educate and deliver projects that significantly improve or protect the Perkiomen Creek Watershed, the 2015 Environmental Award recipients have demonstrated noteworthy environmental stewardship and deserve our gratitude and public recognition.”
Each year, the Conservancy seeks Environmental Award nominations, with the requirement that nominees or their work must be located within the 362 square-mile Perkiomen Creek Watershed. Recipients are determined by selection committee.
The 2015 Environmental Award recipients are:
— Advocate of the Watershed: Schuylkill Action Network
— Corporate: Tyco Fire Protection Products, Lansdale
— Kids Making a Difference: Aaron Guttenplan, Christopher Dock High School (graduated)
— Municipal: Perkiomen Township
— Preston Luitweiler Friend of the Watershed: Chaz MacDonald, Perkiomen Valley Trout Unlimited
— Teaching Excellence: Jim Coffey, Upper Perkiomen High School & Sue Coffey, Hereford Elementary School
“As a community, all our actions are connected to the health and well-being of our watershed. These seven diverse environmental champions deserve to be awarded for their outstanding commitments of time, energy and resources dedicated to conserving or restoring our natural resources. We value the 2015 Environmental Award recipient’s contributions, not only for the positive impact they have the Perkiomen Creek Watershed, but also as inspiration. As exemplified by their notable achievements in local environmental stewardship, no matter what part we each play in the community – student, resident, municipal authority, company or perhaps one who enjoys recreation in the area - we all have the ability to take action to keep our watershed healthy,” said the Conservancy.
Environmental Awards were presented at the Conservancy’s annual Environmental Awards Banquet on October 29 at RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve. Over 200 guests in attendance enjoyed cocktails, dinner, a silent auction and awards presentations to publicly honor the award recipients.
The event was sponsored by a number of Conservancy supporters including Premier Sponsors Exelon Generation and First Niagara as well as Supporting Sponsors Manko Gold Katcher & Fox and Superior Tube Company.