Corbett Announces 2014 Environmental Excellence Award Winners
– Governor Tom
Corbett today announced that 23 organizations involved in 19 environmental
projects from across the state will receive the 2014 Governor’s Award for
recipients of this year’s award represent a few of the many dedicated
Pennsylvanians who have committed their businesses, schools and other
organizations to be good stewards of the environment,” Corbett said. “Their
efforts are key to ensure that Pennsylvania’s air, land and water are clean for
generations to come.”
Pennsylvania business, school, government agency, trade organization,
non-profit organization or agribusiness that has completed projects to promote
environmental stewardship and economic development was eligible to apply for
the award. The winners were selected by the Department of Environmental
it’s inspiring to learn about the innovative, environmentally friendly projects
from across the state,” DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “This year’s award
recipients are protecting Pennsylvania’s environment with creativity and
projects include tailgate recycling, abandoned mine drainage (AMD) abatement,
rain gardens and the use of alternative energy, among others.
Pennsylvania Environmental Council will host a dinner to honor the award
winners April 22 at the Hilton in downtown Harrisburg.
information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us
and click the “Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence” banner, or visit www.pecpa.org.
Caras, Governor’s Office; 717-783-1116
Witman, DEP; 717-787-1323
note: The 19
winning projects are listed below, by project location:
- Collier Township pursued the
Rooftop Photovoltaic Electrical Generating System Project, a renewable
energy project that will reduce over one million pounds of carbon dioxide gas
emissions over time. The project consists of 132 glass tube solar modules
installed on a nearby roof. This 22kW photovoltaic system is estimated to
generate a net savings of approximately $75,000 over its lifespan by
selling back to the local utility company via a “grid-tied” system.
- Pittsburgh Botanic Garden did a
pond restoration project in the Woodlands of the World Garden where there
is a pond once polluted with AMD. A passive treatment system was
installed with a drainable limestone bed that neutralizes acidity and
removes metal contaminants before clean water is released into the pond.
- Shell Appalachia created an
Environmental Impacts Assessment with a web application that is used as a
tool to help reduce risks associated with field development. This
application allows planners in all facets of Shell Appalachia to choose
from a library of spatial data layers including social, environmental,
biological, regulatory, analytical (baseline water and air quality) data
and critical infrastructure layers.
- Cumberland County’s Energy
Efficiency Program included replacement of boilers at the courthouse, old
courthouse and old jail; replacement of the cooling tower at the
courthouse; installation of energy efficient lights; installation of
energy efficient motion sensors on vending machines; installation of
low-flow faucets and toilets; replacement of hot water usage with an ozone
system for laundry at the Claremont Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and
county prison; and installation of an energy management system which
provides remote computer access to the county’s HVAC systems.
- Central Dauphin School
District’s Energy Conservation Program has helped the district save money
and reduce energy consumption, as well as reducing its carbon footprint.
The district partnered with Cenergistic, Inc. to identify feasible means
for reducing energy use in its buildings.
- Phoenix Contact came up with
the SunPlug-Solar Powered Electric Vehicle Charging Station Project to
prove that electrical vehicles can be re-charged with solar power and
without burdening the electrical grid. A solar canopy that is the size of
a typical parking lot with 12 high-performance solar panels generates 2.7
kW and is supported with battery storage of 4 kW and a 4.2 kW off-grid
inverter to charge electric vehicles.
- SKELLY and LOY, Inc. conducted
the Allison Hill Automotive Brownfields Remediation Project. The former
Allison Hill Automotive site was a 6.2-acre property with multiple vacant
buildings that were an eyesore to the local community, an environmental
hazard, and a tax liability to the City of Harrisburg. The restoration
work included removing and disposing of hazardous wastes, abating materials
containing asbestos, and demolishing the buildings. Fencing was installed
around the site to improve security and to restrict direct contact to
contaminated soils during the cleanup process.
- Environment Erie’s St. George
Rain Catcher Project was a successful partnership of non-profits, private
businesses, government and students. A rain garden was planted on the
property of a local church to reduce stormwater runoff. Students from the
partnering school were able to use the development and construction of the
rain garden as a learning tool.
- PPL Renewable Energy, LLC
partnered with the Borough of Chambersburg and IESI PA Blue Ridge Landfill
to develop the Blue Ridge Renewable Energy Plant. This unique project
consists of a 6.4 MW landfill gas-to-energy plant.
- Armstrong World Industries’
Recycling Program for Vinyl Composition Tile Flooring is the first program
of its kind to recycle installed Armstrong vinyl flooring products as well
as qualifying competitive vinyl products. Under the program, vinyl
flooring is recycled in a closed-loop, post-consumer stream with reclaimed
material incorporated into new flooring products.
- City of Lancaster decided to
improve stormwater management and traffic safety through its Plum and Walnut
Green Intersection Project. The project integrates green infrastructure
with enhanced pedestrian amenities and a roadway realignment that improves
traffic safety. The project included a porous paver patio area, rain
garden, and five porous paver, angled parking spaces in the area
previously occupied by a troublesome merge lane, as well as a public art
component – a cistern that collects rainwater from a local business’
- PPL Renewable Energy, LLC
created a partnership with Lycoming County and the Federal Bureau of
Prisons to work on a public-private-public project at Lycoming County’s
Landfill. The entities worked together to develop and construct two
co-located landfill gas-to-energy power plants. The project improved its
energy efficiency and created jobs.
- North Penn Public School
District created an Energy Management Program that combines operational
changes, behavioral changes, demand response, energy efficiency savings
and community engagement. The district has saved on energy expenses and
created a program that educates and engages students and staff in energy
conservation and efficiency.
- Pennsylvania Horticultural
Society of Philadelphia worked with local partners to create the Community
Farm and Green Resource Center at Bartram’s Garden along the shore of the
Schuylkill River in the low income neighborhood of Southwest Philadelphia.
The farm and resource center includes a full-scale greenhouse, community
garden spaces, an orchard of 90 fruit trees, a farmers market and an
entrepreneurial jobs training and leadership development program for local
high school students.
- Robindale Energy Services, Inc.
created the Seanor-GFCC Project to remove approximately 305,097 tons of
waste coal from the Loyalhanna Creek Watershed. Robindale entered into a
contract with DEP to remove all usable waste coal, restore the site to
approximate original contour, topsoil and re-vegetate the affected area to
establish positive surface runoff, thus eliminating the acidic runoff to
the streams and enhance the area throughout the Rails to Trail segment at
no cost to DEP.
- The Procter & Gamble Paper
Products Company, Mehoopany Plant installed a 64MW gas fired co-generator
that produces electricity, steam and hot air for its operations with some
excess electric for sale. The operation is completely self-sufficient,
using natural gas extracted on the property to power the
- Northcentral Pennsylvania
Conservancy, Montour County Conservation District, Northumberland County
Conservation District, Tioga County Conservation District, Union County
Conservation District and Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s Division
of Habitat Management partnered together on the Northcentral Stream
Restoration Project. The partners used proven in-stream stabilization
structures, such as log vanes and mudsills, and agricultural best
management practices, such as walkways and fencing. The group was able to
implement practices with 18 landowners on 13 streams in four counties.
- Trout Unlimited, Inc. launched
its AMD Technical Assistance Program in 2005. The program provides free
technical services to assist Growing Greener-eligible entities in their
efforts to improve water quality in AMD-impacted streams toward the
ultimate goal of restoring fish and other aquatic life and whenever
possible, removal of the stream or stream segment from the DEP’s Impaired