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Pennsylvania Environmental Excellence Awards Announced
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 10/15/2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Wednesday announced the winners of the 2020 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence. More than 60 applicants from across the commonwealth nominated projects on energy efficiency, emissions reduction, watershed restoration and protection, environmental education opportunities, and smart growth planning and design.

In addition to the 2020 winners being announced, the nomination period for the 2021 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence is now open.

Applications for the 2021 awards will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Dec. 21. Applications must be submitted via DEP's online application system at www.ahs.dep.pa.gov/GovernorsAwardsApplication. All questions should be directed to ra-epgovenviroawards@pa.gov.

The Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in Pennsylvania.

"These awards highlight the ingenuity and commitment Pennsylvanians have for protecting and improving our environment," said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. "The unique projects show how communities, businesses, and educational organizations can come together to meet the diverse needs of our environment."

DEP oversees the awards selection process, evaluating projects on environmental protection, climate change, sustainability, partnership, economic impact, innovation, environmental education and outreach. Projects will also be judged on their commitment to environmental justice.

The full list of 2020 Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence winners are:

- 8th Street Lot Renovations Indiana Borough (Indiana County)

- Correctional Conservation Collaborative, Riparian Forest Buffer Vocational Training SCI Huntingdon (Huntingdon County)

- Etna EcoDistrict Etna Community Organization and Borough of Etna (Allegheny County)

- Forest Hills Net Zero Energy Municipal Building Borough of Forest Hills (Allegheny County)

- Geisinger Catawissa Clinic Photovoltaic Project Geisinger (Montour County)

- Innovative Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) Program Slippery Rock University (Butler County)

- Youth Agriculture Projects & the Environment Penn State Extension (Dauphin County)

- Nature-based STEM Riverbend Environmental Education Center (Montgomery County)

- Pennypack Creek Headwaters Stormwater Management Upper Moreland School District (Montgomery County)

- Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) Passive House & Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Tower Expansion and Historical Renovation Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (Dauphin County)

- Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Living Campus Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (Allegheny County)

- Pittsburgh International Airport Honey Bee Project Pittsburgh International Airport (Allegheny County)

- Preservation and Restoration of the Lehigh River Headwaters Wildlands Conservancy (Lehigh County)

- Youth Empowerment and Climate Change Education Communitopia (Allegheny County)


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