PA Environmental Council Honors Caren Glotfelty, Sen. Ted Erickson

Sen. Ted Erickson (R-Delaware) and Caren Glotfelty, a career environmental leader in academia, government and philanthropy, were honored by the PA Environmental Council this summer with awards for lifetime achievement.

Sen. Ted Erickson

The Winsor Award, given by PEC at the 44th Philadelphia Environmental Partnership Dinner, was presented to Sen. Erickson in recognition of his commitment and accomplishments in protecting the environment at the local, state and national levels.

From 1989 to 1992, Sen. Erickson was in charge of implementing federal environmental programs as Regional Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, where he was responsible overseeing environmental standards in the mid-Atlantic region.

He serves as Chairman of the Senate Majority Policy Committee, which is responsible for gathering the information necessary to determine the impact of policy decisions on the citizens of Pennsylvania.

He also serves as Majority Vice Chairman of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and as a member of the Communications and Technology, Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, Law and Justice, Rules and Executive Nominations, and Public Health and Welfare Committees.

Outside of government service, Sen. Erickson was an educator. From 1969 to 1973 he was a tenured assistant professor of biology at Hamilton College, teaching microbiology, biochemistry and general biology. Sen. Erickson also taught general biology, anatomy and physiology, cell physiology and zoology at Drexel University and East Stroudsburg State College.

Caren Glotfelty

At the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, Caren Glotfelty, a career environmental leader in academia, government and philanthropy, was honored by PEC for her achievements as a champion of environmental protection.

Over the course of her distinguished career, Glotfelty was a Deputy Secretary of Water Management for the Department of Environmental Resources under Gov. Bob Casey, the Maurice K. Goddard Chair of Forestry and Environmental Resource Conservation at Penn State University, and the Senior Program Director of the Environment Program at the Heinz Endowments.

Additionally, she served on Gov. Tom Ridge’s 21st Century Commission on the Environment.

“Few people have had such a far-reaching and long-standing impact on the Western Pennsylvania environment as Caren Glotfelty,” said Paul M. King, past-president of PEC. “The imprint of her guidance, understanding, vision and perseverance is evident throughout this region and across the Commonwealth. Her career has been distinguished by the wisdom and passion with which she has guided environmental policy and investment for more than 40 years.”

Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award have included the Hon. John P. Murtha, former secretary John C. Oliver of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge, Linda McKenna Boxx of the Allegheny Trail Alliance and Mr. & Mrs. Joshua Whetzel, Jr.

The Winsor Award is given annually and is named for PEC’s founding president, Curtin  Winsor.


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