Be Inspired By Hundreds Of Environmental Stewardship Leaders From 2019!

Since June of 2004, the PA Environment Digest has printed over 1,669 stories about thousands of businesses, farmers, schools, local governments, students of all ages, nonprofit groups, organizations and individuals just like you recognized for doing great things to protect and restore Pennsylvania’s environment in every corner of the Commonwealth.

Here are the 197 stories we published during 2019.

Will we find YOU on this list in 2020?

Feature: Looking Back To Improve Pennsylvania’s Environment Going Forward

20 Years Of Growing Greener: A Celebration Of Leadership, Partnership, Accomplishment


In Memoriam: Sen. Ted Erickson, Environmental, Community Leader From Delaware County

KPB: Over 13,000 Volunteers Collected 523,855 Pounds Of Trash During 2018 International Coastal Cleanup Of PA

Gov. Wolf Lists Environmental, Energy Accomplishments In First Term

Dept. Of Conservation & Natural Resources Highlights 2018 Accomplishments

Harvest Home Farms In Northampton County Receives Sand County Foundation Pennsylvania Leopold Conservation Award


Clarion River Named 2019 Pennsylvania River Of The Year

PA Trails Advisory Committee Names Mid State Trail 2019 Trail Of The Year

2 Pennsylvanians Receive International Emerging Trail Leaders Recognition By American Trails

Agriculture Announces Winners Of Student Spotted Lanternfly Calendar Contest

The Hershey Company Announces New Environmental, Climate Initiatives To Significantly Reduce Its Impact On The Planet


Keep PA Beautiful Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers In Blair, Clinton, Huntingdon, Lehigh, Perry, Washington Counties

Delaware River Watershed Initiative Wins National American Water Resources Assn. Award

Local Keep PA Beautiful Affiliates Collect 2.2 Million Pounds Of Electronics, 17,000 Tires, And More During 2018

Villanova's Dr. Robert Traver Receives National Environmental & Water Resources Institute Lifetime Achievement Award


PA Parks & Forests Foundation Honors 2019 Award Winners

Allegheny Land Trust Posts Record Year For Conservation Protecting 411 Acres Of Green Space

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Noah Lewis 16th Century Reenactor

National Wild Turkey Federation Honors Game Commission Forester Brent McNeal

Pittsburgh's U.S. Steel Tower Becomes 2nd Largest Building In The World To Achieve LEED Silver Certification For O+M


PA Resources Council Honors 23 Organizations With Zero Waste Awards In Western PA

Latest Penn’s Stewards From PA Parks & Forests Foundation Features A Look At 20 Years Of Inspiring Stewardship

Penn State Climate Scientist Michael Mann Awarded 2019 Tyler Prize For Environmental Achievement

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Matt Keefer, Assistant State Forester, Named Chesapeake Bay Forest Champion


Winners Of The Women In Conservation Awards Announced By PennFuture

Game Commission Manager Lauren Ferreri Recognized For Conservation Achievements

R. Timothy Weston To Receive PA Bar Assn. Environmental & Energy Law Section Lifetime Achievement Award

Wildlife For Everyone Foundation Awards College Scholarships To 5 Students

DRBC Announces Delaware Watershed Winter Photo Contest Winner; Spring Contest Begins March 20


Gov. Wolf Announces Winners Of Governor's Award For Environmental Excellence

Keep PA Beautiful Engages Nearly 130,000 Volunteers To Remove Over 7.2 Million Pounds Of Trash In 2018

Susquehanna National Heritage Area Officially Designated By Congress

Fayette County Boy Scout Peter Livengood Awarded William T. Hornaday Silver Medal For Conservation

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Jodi Sulpizio, York County Watershed Steward


Ted Evgeniadis, Lower Susquehanna RiverKeeper, Recognized By York County Master Watershed Stewards

Award-Winning Master Watershed Steward Projects Across Pennsylvania

Westmoreland Conservation District To Receive Governor's Environmental Excellence Award

Sustainable Pittsburgh Announces Winners Of Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge

Phipps' Center For Sustainable Landscapes In Pittsburgh First Project In World To Be Awarded SITES Platinum Certification


Berks Nature's The Nature Place Earns LEED Gold Certification

Keep PA Beautiful Earns National Recognition From Keep America Beautiful With President's Circle Award

Keep America Beautiful Recognizes DEP, PennDOT For Great American Cleanup Of PA

PEC, Dominion Energy Announce Winners Of 2019 Western PA Environmental Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Girl Scout Hannah Puttcamp, Lackawanna County


PA Environmental Educators Announce Winners Of 2019 Awards

Northeast Recycling Council Recognizes 3 PA Communities For Environmental Leadership

NRCS-PA Recognizes Student & Adult Earth Team Volunteers For Community Conservation Work In PA

Finalists Of 2019 Excellence In Green Stormwater Infrastructure Awards In Philadelphia Region Announced

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Mark Houser Uses His Passion As A Diver To Clean Up Lakes


DCNR, Corrections Collaboration To Teach Inmates Tree Maintenance Recognized Nationally By Fast Company

Pennsylvania’s Conservation Activism Began Long Before The First Earth Day On April 22, 1970

Ohio River Sweep Set For June 15; 2 PA Students Win River Sweep Poster Contest

Clarion River National Wild & Scenic Rivers Stamp To Be Released May 21

Pennsylvania Declares Eastern Hellbender As Official State Amphibian, Clean Water Ambassador


Chris Crockett, Aqua America Chief Environmental Officer Receives PA Section-American Water Works Assn. George Fuller Award

PA Environmental Council To Honor 2 With Curtin Winsor Awards, 1 Project With Special Place Award At June 13 Philadelphia Dinner

DCNR: Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Ron Minnich, Wildland Fire Program

Gifford Pinchot’s Grey Towers New Home Of Historic Forest Fire Tower


Frick Environmental Center Receives AIA National Committee On Environment Top 10 Ten Plus Award

Wallenpaupack Area High School Students Overall Winners Of 2019 Pike/Wayne Envirothon

Yough Senior High School Takes First Place In Westmoreland County Envirothon

John Ackerman Named Lehigh Valley 2018 Engineer Of The Year

PA Environmental Professionals Recognize Robert Eppley, Jr. And Allegheny CleanWays With Awards


Student Leader Involved In Passing Hellbender Recognition Says: We're Not Done

Pike County Commissioners Recognize Mikki Weiss For Her Work On Tick Borne Diseases Task Force

Pittsburgh 2030 District 2018 Progress Report Reception May 23

PA Chapter National Assn. Of Water Companies Honors Sen. Tomlinson With James McGirr Kelly Award For Excellence

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Ashley Dohe, Easton


Phipps Conservatory In Pittsburgh Opens Exhibit Staging Center, Setting A New Standard In Green Buildings

Schuylkill Action Network Announces Winners Of 2019 Schuylkill Student Street Art Contest

Penn State Extension Dive Deeper Water Education Program Receives Governor's Award

Op-Ed: In Praise Of Rachel Carson And Public Service; Happy Birthday Rachel Carson!

DEP's Mark Hand Receives Governor's Award For Excellence For Work On Encouraging Electric Vehicle Use


Winners Of 2019 Excellence In Green Stormwater Infrastructure Awards In Philadelphia Region Announced

DCNR, Mid State Trail Association Celebrate Mid State Trail As PA's 2019 Trail Of The Year

PA Land Trust Assn. Honors Troy Firth, Stroud Township With Conservation Leadership Awards

Winners Of PEC, Dominion Energy 2019 Western PA Environmental Awards, Lifetime Achievement Award Honored

Team From Carmichaels Area High School, Greene County Wins 2019 PA State Envirothon


DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Elisa Sarantschin, NaturePHL

Pittsburgh 2030 District Achieves 2020 Goals Ahead Of Schedule; Members Saved $135 Million Since 2012

PRPS Celebrates First Ever Park & Recreation Professionals Day July 19 Across Pennsylvania

Sen. Yaw Receives Public Official Of Year Award From PA Water Environment Association

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Sal Fulginiti, Hiker, Volunteer Maintaining Trails


20th Anniversary Of Natural Gas Competition In PA Highlighted By PUC

Stroud's WikiWatershed Wins Philadelphia Region Excellence In Green Stormwater Infrastructure Award

Penn State High School-College EnvironMentors Team Wins First Place In National Competition

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians - Austin Unruh & Multi-Functional Stream Buffers

Millersville University Is First In PA To Receive Zero Energy Building Designation


PA Conservation Heritage Project Releases Online Story Map Exploring The History Of Pennsylvania’s Forests

PA Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp Presents Award To Ashley Wilmont

And The 2019 Winners Of The Great American Cleanup Of PA Video Contest Are…

Northeast PA Audubon Society Awards College Scholarship

Brandywine Conservancy Highlights Chester County's 30 Years Of Open Space Preservation


PEC Blog: Leaving My Mark, Citizens Planning Institute Philadelphia

Weis Markets Continues To Reduce Its Environmental Impact, Marks 10th Anniversary Of Sustainability Program

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater Home In Fayette County Added To World Heritage Sites List By UNESCO

Gov. Wolf, House, Senate Declare July As Lakes Appreciation Month In Pennsylvania

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Jennifer Brooks, Berks County Parks & Recreation


DCNR Good Natured Blog: Three Cheers For Parks, Recreation & Recreational Professionals

PennDOT Marks 30th Anniversary Of 100,000+ Volunteers Strong Adopt-A-Highway Litter Cleanup Program

Interns: Michael Gallagher, BioMost, Inc. Working On Mine Drainage Treatment

Buck Neely, Stream Restoration, Inc., Recognized At 2019 American Society Of Mining And Reclamation Conference

Lacawac Sanctuary Honors 2019 Achievement Award Winners At Farm To Plate Dinner Aug. 10


PRPS Celebrated Park & Recreation Professionals Day On July 19!

Join DCNR At 75th Birthday Bash For Smokey Bear! Pine Grove Furnace State Park Aug. 8

Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Assn. Marks 30th Anniversary With New Digital Story Of The Conodoguinet In Cumberland County

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Tyler Fairchild, Shippensburg Parks & Recreation

Pennsylvania's 12 Heritage Areas Celebrating 30th Anniversary!


DCNR Good Natured Blog: DCNR Recognizes Employees Going Above And Beyond To Support Agency Mission

PA Conservation Districts: 5 Farms Receive 2019 Clean Water Farm Awards

Fish & Boat Commission/PA National Guard/PEMA Swiftwater Rescue, PA Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Teams Receive National Recognition

Pennsylvania Envirothon Team Heads To International Competition In North Carolina; Send Them A Good Luck Email!

EPA Recognizes Heritage Conservancy For Reuse Of Croydon TCE Superfund Site, Bucks County


Pennsylvania Envirothon Team Takes 3rd Place In International Envirothon Competition!

Carmichaels High School Envirothon Team Thanks Everyone Who Helped Them Win 3rd Place In International Envirothon Competition!

Green Building Alliance To Recognize Emerald Evening Gala Award Winners Sept. 12

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Joe Neville, Keystone Trails Association

Brandywine Conservancy & Museum Of Art Earns Accreditation Renewal Through National Land Trust Association


Brodhead Watershed Assn. 30th Annual Members & Friends Celebration Sept. 13 In Monroe County

EPA Recognizes Juniata County Farmer For Environmental Stewardship At PA Ag Progress Days

Northeast PA Environmental Partners Announce 2019 Award Recipients

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Richard Lewis, PA Forestry Association

State Historical Marker To Be Dedicated At Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Sept. 14


EPA Recognizes Veterans’ Medical Centers In Altoona, Coatesville With Green Challenge Awards

Rodale Institute Announces 2019 Organic Pioneer Award Winners

Winners Of 2019 Champions Of The PA Wilds Awards Announced, To Be Recognized Nov. 7 In DuBois

Penn State Environmental Resource Management Program Rated Among Best In Nation

Scenic Pittsburgh: Connellsville, Fayette County Earns Inaugural Community Scenic Achievement Award


Alliance For The Chesapeake Bay Honors Turkey Hill Clean Water Partnership Founder John Cox, Other Award Winners Sept. 26

Group Against Smog And Pollution To Celebrate 50th Anniversary Oct. 12 In Pittsburgh

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Andre Weltman, Friends Of Pine Grove Furnace State Park

DCNR Good Natured Blog: Trail Heroes: The Critical Role Of Volunteers

EPA Honors 17 Green Power Leaders, Including Northampton Community College


Westmoreland Conservation District Presents 2019 Outstanding Conservation Awards

Finalists Selected For Pennsylvania Leopold Farm Conservation Award

Great Allegheny Passage Trail Relay Presented By UPMC Health Plan On Oct. 11-12 Aims To Be First Carbon Neutral Trail Relay In U.S.

Kinzua Bridge State Park In McKean County Named Best In Culture Category By American Bus Association

PA Resources Council Holds 80th Anniversary Celebration Oct. 17 In Newtown Square, Delaware County


Group Against Smog & Pollution Announces 2019 Michelle Madoff Environmental Excellence Award Winners

PA's REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program Recognized By Environmental Defense Fund, National Assn. Of State Departments Of Agriculture

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Chris Strohler, Wildlands Conservancy

Delaware River Basin Commission Announces Summer Photo Contest Winners

Rep. Toohil Introduces Bill To Name Regal Fritillary The State Butterfly To Honor Fallen Veterans At Fort Indiantown Gap


Stroud Water Research Center Celebrates Chad Pregracke Of Living Lands & Waters

Dept. Of Agriculture, County Officials Celebrate Over 20,000 Acres Of Farmland Preserved In Cumberland County

John R. Ackerman Receives Recognition From NE Chapter PA Society Of Professional Engineers

Pittsburgh Named UN Centre Of Excellence On High Performance Building

United Nations Program Spotlights Pittsburgh As Leader In Advancing Sustainable Development Goals


DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Ron Freed, Volunteer Hawk Watcher At Waggoner's Gap, Cumberland County

3 Penn State Master Gardener Projects Earn International Recognition For Efforts To Restore Bee Populations, Support Local Food Pantries, Education

DCNR Good Natured Blog: Kittatinny Ridge Recognized As PA's Newest Conservation Landscape

6 PA Colleges, Universities Included In 2019 International Sustainable Campus Index Top Performers

DCNR Recognized With National Climate Adaptation Leadership Award For Adaptation & Mitigation Plan


Westmoreland Conservation District Celebrates 70 Years

Harrisburg University’s Susquehanna River Basin Data Dashboard Project To Be Displayed At AI World Conference In Boston

Keep PA Beautiful: 92,342 Volunteers Picked Up Over 7 Million Pounds Of Trash In 2019 Great American Cleanup Of PA

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Charlotte R. Catalano, Hawk Counter At Waggoner’s Gap

Northumberland County Tree Farm Provides White House Blue Room Christmas Tree


DCNR Receives Independent Sustainable Forest Certification For State Forest System

In Memoriam: Walter N. Peechatka

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Lindsay Hughes, North Penn Water Authority

Armstrong Ceilings Recycling Program Recognized With Northeast Recycling Council Sustainability Leadership Award

Gov. Wolf Recognizes October 30 As Mine Rescue Day In Pennsylvania; 51,523 Fatalities Have Occurred In PA Mines Since The 1870s


Pike's Tick Borne Diseases Task Force Receives Environmental Partnership Award

DCNR Good Natured Blog: Discovering Nature & Public Service In The PA Outdoor Corps - John Jimenez

CBF Student Leaders Recognize Sen. Yaw For Eastern Hellbender Designation; But We’re Far, Far, Far From Done, We Need $324 Million This Year

State Agencies Generate Nearly $1.1 Million Thru Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Programs

Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, Weis Markets Announce Student Poster Contest Winners


DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Sarah Presongna, Environmental Ed Specialist

U.S. Forest Service National Wilderness Program Staff Make Pilgrimage To Howard Zahniser Sites In Tionesta, PA

Society For Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Salutes Miners For National Miners Day Dec. 6

National Weather Service Recognizes Pennsylvania After All 67 Counties Achieve StormReady® Status

Help The 4th Pennsylvania Geological Survey Celebrate Its 100th Anniversary Dec. 6


Ann Swanson Receives Lifetime Achievement Award From Chesapeake Conservancy

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Ryan Davis, Chesapeake Bay PA Forest Manager

Dr. Beth Brantley Receives 2019 Sandy Cochran Award For Excellence In Natural Resources Education From PA Forestry Association

Rachel Reyna Receives Inaugural Mira Lloyd Dock Outstanding Woman Conservationist Award From PA Forestry Association

Mel & Marc Lewis 2019 Joseph T. Rothrock Conservationist Of The Year Award Recipients From PA Forestry Association


Celebrating 50 Years Of The PA Environmental Council In 2020

DCNR Good Natured Blog: Another Successful PA Outdoor Corps Season, Sign-Ups Underway For 2020

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Suzanne DeArment, Wildlife Rehabilitator, Crawford County

Lancaster County Farmer Roger Rohrer Named A 2019 Chesapeake Bay Champion

Craighead House Being Reborn Into Nature, Environment, Literature, Local History Center In Cumberland County


Lancaster Conservancy Honored On 50th Anniversary By Senate, House

Public Utility Commission Highlights 2019 Accomplishments And Programs

Borough Of Etna In Allegheny County Becomes World’s First Certified EcoDistrict

DCNR Good Natured Pennsylvanians: Lysle Sherwin, Loyalhanna Watershed Assn, Penn State Center For Watershed Stewardship

CBF Blog: Trees, Grasses Make A Haven For Wildlife And Clean Water In Centre County


Landforce Stewardship, Workforce Development Program Finishes Another Successful Year; Have A Project For Them In 2020?

Foundation For Sustainable Forests: Loving The Land: The Story Of Thompsons’ Wood In Crawford County

DEP Our Common Wealth Blog: Turtle Creek Restoration Success Story, Union County

Westminster College Student Symposium On The Environment A Success!

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Completes 85 Years Of Migration Count Data; Update On Other Projects


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[Posted: December 27, 2019]


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