Pennsylvania Honors Environmental Excellence

Pennsylvania Honors Environmental Excellence

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge has recognized 43 people and companies for their outstanding achievements in environmental protection.

The Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence 2000, which each of the 43 won last week, covers the best of the year's initiatives in pollution prevention; energy efficiency/renewable; technology innovation; management systems; technical assistance provider; land use; industrial recycling; recycling and market development; and education and outreach.

"Our award winners are problem solvers, environmental stewards and business leaders," said Ridge. "Not content with just doing things the same old way, they identified new technologies, conservation practices and pollution-prevention techniques, and put them to work.

According to Ridge, that hard work shows that protecting the environment is good for business. Together, the award winners:
  • eliminated 4,400 tons of air pollutants
  • reduced solid waste disposal by 60,000 tons -- equal to the amount of waste that 82,000 Pennsylvanians throw away in one year
  • reduced liquid waste disposal by 25.8 million gallons
  • conserved 80.5 million gallons of water -- enough to satisfy the annual needs of 2,200 Pennsylvanians
  • reduced energy consumption by 2.9 million kilowatt hours
  • and reclaimed 476 acres of land
The Governor also noted that the combined awards represent more than $13 million in savings due to pollution prevention measures.

The award, established in 1996, recognizes Pennsylvania's leaders in innovative green technologies and environmental management. The award honors individuals, employers, municipalities and institutions that are working to benefit Pennsylvania's environment and economy. Any Pennsylvania business, government agency, municipality, organization, farm or agribusiness, or individual engaged in pollution prevention, recycling, land use, energy efficiency or educational efforts is eligible to apply for a Governor's Award.

Applications for the 2001 awards are available by calling 717-783-9981 or visiting http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/pollprev/p2_Features/Awards.htm.

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