The PA Resources Council will present its 2016 Environmental Leadership Awards to four organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to environmental stewardship in Pennsylvania at its annual Awards Celebration on November 10 at the Villanova Hotel and Conference Center in Philadelphia.
“PRC’s mission is to lead and promote individual and collective actions to preserve Pennsylvania’s environmental resources for each generation. Our 2016 awardees have advanced PRC’s mission through their leadership, innovation, and creative programs,” said PRC Executive Director Bob Jondreau. “We certainly applaud their efforts and look forward to honoring them on November 10th.”
The four awardees are:
-- Granger Energy Services – Leadership in Sustainable Energy (Berks & Lancaster Counties). Granger Energy Services is being honored for its project harvesting gas from two different landfills to produce renewable energy through both direct use and electric generation. Gas is used at on-site facilities at each landfill to generate electricity through engine-generator sets and a 21.5-mile pipeline to seven industrial customers. Customers use the gas to power boilers, turbines, and even an on-site engine-generator set in their industrial facilities. At their two Pennsylvania landfill-gas-to-energy projects, Morgantown Gas Compressor Station and Honey Brook Generating & Gas Compressor Station, Granger is producing enough renewable energy to power nearly 4,000 homes and heat approximately 25,000 homes.
-- The Hershey Company – Leadership in Green Building (Hershey, Dauphin County). The Hershey Company is being honored for its renovation and conversion of a historic 100+ year-old factory in downtown Hershey into a state-of-the-art office complex (19 East Building). The $90 million project retained over 1,200 jobs in Hershey. The company’s storied past, the legacy of its founder Milton S. Hershey, and more than 20 pieces of original historical manufacturing equipment have been incorporated into the layout and design of this LEED Gold facility.
-- Radnor Township, Delaware County – Leadership in Stormwater Management. Radnor Township is being honored for its comprehensive and innovative municipal
stormwater management program, which was developed with widespread community input. The program provides a dedicated funding source for public efforts and incentives for property owners to encourage private efforts.
-- Straub Beer – Leadership in Reusable Packaging (St. Marys, Elk County). Straub Beer is being honored for its use of refillable bottles at its brewery in St. Mary’s. Straub is one of only two breweries in the United States that uses or offers refillable bottles. Straub has brewed beer in St. Mary’s for over 140 years.
The 2016 Awards Celebration will feature keynote speaker Patrick McDonnell, acting Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection.
The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a networking reception, raffles & silent auction, and wine & beer samplings, followed by the dinner program with acting Secretary McDonnell’s remarks and the presentation of awards to PRC’s 2016 honorees.
“We anticipate a great night of connecting with our supporters, congratulating our honorees, and celebrating PRC’s accomplishments over the past year. Our reception will highlight PRC’s hard work to protect Pennsylvania’s environment, educate residents across the state, and engage stakeholders. Donor support of this event has an immediate impact and makes it possible for us to continue to offer services and expand our programs to conserve even more of Pennsylvania’s resources.”To learn more or purchase tickets, visit PRC’s 2016 Awards Celebration webpage.