Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DEP Citizens Advisory Council Recognizes Pat Lupo, OSB Of Erie

Tuesday the Citizens Advisory Council to the Department of Environmental Protection will recognized Pat Lupo, OSB from Erie, for her 26 years of dedicated service on Council.  Pat has served on Council since her initial appointment by Gov. Robert P. Casey in 1988.
“Pat’s longstanding commitment to the CAC and its mission is unprecedented,” Terry Dayton, CAC Chairman, stated.  “Pat’s leadership on environmental education, stewardship and conservation, based on her experience in Northwest Pennsylvania, were vital in guiding Council’s priorities.  Council will miss her enthusiasm and dedication which influenced a number of important Council initiatives.”
Pat has been involved in environmental issues in Pennsylvania for over forty years.  A member of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, she received her M. Ed. in Science Education from Clarion University and taught over 20 years at the elementary and high school levels before her involvement in a number of non-profit environmental organizations, including Environment Erie, where she served as Education Director.  
In addition to her service to the CAC, Pat has served and continues to serve on many boards of environmentally oriented organizations and has been recognized at the local, state, national and international levels for her work in environmental education and conservation.  
“Council relies on the commitment of dedicated individuals to accomplish its mission and objectives,” Dayton noted.  “Council members willingly volunteer their time and service on the CAC to help guide and shape environmental policy in Pennsylvania.  Pat’s service of over 26 years to the CAC is remarkable and exemplifies her passion to ensure our Commonwealth’s natural resources are preserved for generations to come.”   
The CAC was established by the same law that created DEP’s predecessor, the Department of Environmental Resources, in 1971.  Council plays an integral role in helping to shape environmental policy in the Commonwealth by highlighting those issues that are most important to the state’s citizens.  
Its 18 appointed members review the agency’s work and make recommendations to the DEP secretary, Governor and General Assembly.  Appointments to serve on the CAC rest with the Governor, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Council’s office is located in the Rachel Carson State Office Building in Harrisburg.  
For more information, visit the Council’s website or call 717-787-4527.

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