PITTSBURGH--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Four environmental programs and one individual will share $25,000 from Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for innovation and effectiveness in making a positive impact on the Western Pennsylvania environment.
They are this year’s winners of the 2016 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, presented annually to local organizations that demonstrate leadership, effectiveness, and results in making an impact on the environment. All five were chosen by a group of independent judges, environmental experts, and PEC staff in response to a call for entries earlier this year.
With these awards, each winner will designate a $5,000 cash prize to be used in support of a nonprofit environmental program of their choice.
The 2016 winners are:
- Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance – Butler (Butler County)
- Crawford County Riparian Restoration Program – Meadville (Crawford County)
- Green Building Alliance – Pittsburgh 2030 District – Pittsburgh (Allegheny County)
- Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – Oakdale (Allegheny County)
- Edward Schroth – Leetsdale (Allegheny County)
The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards program is open to individuals, businesses, and organizations that demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership and accomplishment, and made significant contributions toward improving Western Pennsylvania’s environment. Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council sponsor the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards each year to encourage the community to emulate the achievements of the winning entries, thereby promoting innovative environmental efforts and enhancing the quality of life in Western Pennsylvania.
The winners will be honored at the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the Westin Convention Center Hotel downtown Pittsburgh.
About the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards
The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards recognizes and honors outstanding achievements of organizations, businesses, and individuals in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout the region and pays tribute to those that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership, and accomplishment in their respective fields.
By sponsoring these awards, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion hope to encourage the community to emulate the achievements of the successful nominees, thereby promoting innovative environmental efforts and enhancing the quality of life in Western Pennsylvania.
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 24,300 megawatts of generation, 12,200 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more than five million utility and retail energy customers in 14 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at www.dom.com.
About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education, and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with the private sector, government, communities, and individuals to improve the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. For more information about the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, visit its website at www.pecpa.org.