April 18 Event To Honor Governor's Environmental Award Winners

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council announced Thursday the award ceremonies for this year’s recipients of the 2012 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence will take place at a special awards dinner on April 18 in Harrisburg.
            The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence are presented each year by the Department of Environmental Protection to highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise throughout the Commonwealth.
            The awards are the highest statewide honor bestowed upon businesses and organizations for environmental performance and innovation from cleaning up watersheds, saving energy, and eliminating pollution, to reducing waste and more.
            The Honorable Michael Krancer, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event and Janelle Stelson, News Anchor for WGAL, Channel 8 television will be the program emcee.
            Award Winners
            This year's recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence are:
-- ARCA Advanced Processing for the First URT Refrigerator Recycling Plant in the U.S., City of Philadelphia;
-- Bald Eagle Area School District for the Wingate Complex Renovation with Solar, Geothermal & Environmental Center - Centre County; 
-- Chambersburg Area School District for the CASD Energy Management, Conservation, and Energy Star Partnership - Franklin County; 
-- Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance, Inc. for the  Thorn Creek Habitat Improvement Project - Butler County; 
-- Earth Conservancy for the Espy Run Wetlands Enhancement Project - Luzerne County; 
-- ElectroCell Technologies, Inc. for the Snavely Farms Green Cycle Nutrient Trading/Odor Reduction Project - Lancaster County; 
-- Giant Eagle for the Giant Eagle Delivering a Cleaner Future - Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) - Allegheny County; 
-- Greener Partners for the Longview Center for Agriculture - Montgomery County; 
-- Mount Joy Borough Authority for the Nutrient Credit Trade and Class A Implementation Program - Lancaster County; 
-- PA Apiculture, Inc. for the  PennApic Learning Center & Public Outreach Program - York County;
--  PECO for the PECO Energizing Education Program (PEEP) – City of Philadelphia; 
-- Philadelphia Zoo for the  Bird Lake Wetland – City of Philadelphia; 
-- Propel Schools for the Sunflower Fields Forever - Allegheny County; 
-- Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission for the Regional Traffic Signal Program - 1st Cycle - Allegheny County; 
-- Sunnyside Farm for the Farming Without Petroleum - York County; 
-- Trout Unlimited for the West Branch Recovery Benchmark Project - Clinton County; and 
-- Anthony Rymar of UGI for the UGI-PNG former Water Street Manufactured Gas Plant - Berks County.
            Dominion Resources is the Premier Platinum Sponsor of this year’s event.
            Silver Dinner Sponsors are Chevron, PECO, The Franklin Institute-The NEED Project and Pennoni Associates, Inc.
            Bronze Table Benefactors are EQT Corporation and Exelon; Environmental Excellence Sponsors are Concurrent Technologies Corporation, Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds, Gannett Fleming, Inc., Giant Eagle, Inc. and McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC; Innovator Dinner Sponsors are Brown & Keener, Pennsylvania Chamber of Business & Industry, RT Environmental Services, Inc., Saul Ewing LLP and Schaedler Yesco.
            Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact Angela Vitkoski of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council at 570-718-6507 or send email to: avitkoski@pecpa.org.


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