for Immediate Release
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 Environmental Excellence.
“The 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.”
Any 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 Protection (DEP).
“Each year, 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 ingenuity.”
The winning projects include tailgate
recycling, abandoned mine drainage (AMD) abatement, rain gardens and the use of
alternative energy, among others.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will
host a dinner to honor the award winners April 22 at the Hilton in downtown
For more information, visit www.dep.state.pa.us and click the
“Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence” banner, or visit www.pecpa.org.
contact: Amanda Witman, 717-787-1323
note: The 19 winning projects are listed below, by project location:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’ rooftop.
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.
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.
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
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
Resources Council, Inc., in Delaware and Allegheny counties developed the
Tailgate Recycling Initiative to target large-scale special events and
promote recycling. The Resources Council designed, developed and
implemented a program to collect recyclables from tailgating fans
attending Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles home games. In
addition to the collection effort, the council also used the program to
educate the public about the benefits of recycling.
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 Waters List.