Nominations Sought for Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion are seeking nominations from people and organizations who are working to improve the environment of Western Pennsylvania.

The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards will once again present up to five cash prizes of $5000 each to winning entries that demonstrate environmental impact and benefits in protecting the environment of the region.

Nominations are due by February 15, 2013. Winners will be notified in March and will be honored at the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards dinner in Pittsburgh on Thursday, May 23 at the Westin Hotel and Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Dominion, sponsors of the awards program, are inviting any group, individual, program, company, or organization located and working in any of the following 29 Western Pennsylvania counties to submit a nomination: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Mercer, Somerset, Venango, Warren, Washington, and Westmoreland.

The awards process is open to individuals and organizations from every corner of the community, including education, nonprofit organizations, businesses and all levels of government, among others.

Past winners have included innovative land use and development projects, energy efficiency projects, wildlife conservation, grassroots neighborhood greening programs, public awareness programs, pollution prevention activities, and other initiatives to protect or enhance the environment of this region.

All nominations will be reviewed and evaluated by an independent panel of judges and award program staff. Finalists may also be asked to host a site visit to demonstrate their program or activities.

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.