PA Environmental Council Gala Event to Honor Recipients of the 2008 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence

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The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will host award ceremonies for this year’s recipients of the 2008 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence at a gala dinner on April 22—Earth Day-- in Harrisburg. Registration deadline extended to April 14th.
April 8, 2008
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council announced today that the award ceremonies for this year's recipients of the 2008 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence will take place at a gala dinner on April 22-Earth Day-- in Harrisburg.

The Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence are presented each year by Governor Edward G. Rendell and the Department of Environmental Protection to highlight the best in environmental innovation and expertise throughout the Commonwealth.  The awards are the highest statewide honor bestowed upon businesses and organizations for environmental performance and innovation from cleaning up watersheds, saving energy, and eliminating pollution, to reducing waste and more.

Kathleen A. McGinty, Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event and Janelle Stelson, News Anchor for WGAL television will be the program emcee.  The dinner will be held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Harrisburg. 

"The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is honored to create a gala event around the 2008 Governor's Awards," said Brian Hill, President and CEO of the Council.  "We are also grateful for the support of the Dominion Foundation, Premier Sponsor of this year's event, PPL which is sponsoring the dinner reception, and to Saul Ewing, LLP to make this special event a success."

This year's Governor's award winners are:

1)  Borton-Lawson, Wilkes Barre.  Project: Pine Street Revitalization.  A unique neighborhood revitalization project which utilized "green technology" and energy efficient construction.

2)  Conservation Consultants Inc., Pittsburgh.  Project: Renewable Energy Technology. A hands-on energy education program for middle school and high school students.

3)  EES Energy Products, Inc., Paoli.  Project: ESS Energy Guardian Kits.  Energy Guardian kits were developed to stop waste in heating and cooling costs in attic entrances.  The kits are an easy first step for homeowners to take to conserve natural resources and save money while improving the comfort of their homes. 

4)  Heron's Eye Communications LLC, Greenly.  Project:  Nature's Keepers.  A one-hour documentary made for broadcast on public television highlighting the legacy of conservation in Pike County (one of Pennsylvania's fastest growing counties).  The documentary also highlights how citizens are continuing that legacy today by taking a leadership role in land stewardship and smart growth.

5)  Iron Oxide Recovery Inc. & Sewickley Creek Watershed Association, Pittsburgh.  Project: Lowber Project.  Iron Oxide Recovery and Sewickley Creek Watershed Association formed a partnership to create not only a successful resource recovery project, but the world's first and only self-sustaining mine drainage treatment system.

6)  Kendall Auto Parts, Erie.  Project:  New Facility for Dismantling of Vehicles for Recyclable Auto and Truck Parts.  Kendall Auto Parts is an automotive and truck recycling facility that has made it its mission to reduce pollution to zero; to reduce, recycle and reuse everything; and to reduce and conserve energy and water. 

7)  Keystone Pallet and Recycling LLC, Milton.  Project:  Recycling and Energy Savings Project.  Since the company launched in 2004, Keystone Pallet and Recycling has prevented more than 836 tons of wood waste from being disposed of in the local landfill.  To collect the pallets, the company developed a portable recycling collection unit which decreases their fuel consumption.

8)  Land Conservancy of Adams County, Inc., Gettysburg.  Project:  Marsh Creek Watershed Protection Project.  With partnership funding from the Department of Environmental Protection and the Adams County Conservation District, the Conservancy was able to protect more than 1000 acres of land encompassing 11 properties that will significantly contribute to the protection of Gettysburg's water supply.

9)  The Southeastern Pennsylvania Regional Household Hazardous Waste Program, Norristown.  Project:  Regional Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Program.  The result of a successful intergovernmental agreement, this program gives residents in a five-county region the opportunity to dispose of household hazardous waste responsibly.   

To view a detailed summary of the nine winning projects, visit the PA DEP website: and click on "2008 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence."


Tickets for the event are available from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council ($100/ticket, $60 non-profit rate).  Contact Cyndee O'Malley to reserve your seat:  800-322-9214, ext. 21;, or visit:


The Pennsylvania Environmental Council brings people, government and business together to find real world solutions for environmental challenges.  These solutions bring about sustainable communities, protect our water resources, and address energy and climate issues.  The Council was founded in 1970 and serves the entire state through offices in Meadville, Wilkes-Barre, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, and Philadelphia.  For more information visit or call 717-230-8044.


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