WEST CHESTER (October 16, 2019) – State Senator Andy Dinniman encourages Chester Countians who’ve recently worked on successful environmental projects to apply for the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence, the state’s top environmental honor.  

“Chester Country has always been home to environmentally-conscious, caring, and committed individuals who don’t hesitate to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty when it comes to keeping our environment clean and green,” Dinniman, who serves on the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, said. “In fact, last year the Valley Creek Restoration Partnership won this award for its work in Valley Forge National Historic Park.”

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence are open to all individuals, whether they led or participated in a project, and to all schools, nonprofit organizations, businesses, farms, and government agencies. People may also nominate an individual or organization by applying on their behalf. 

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) oversees the award selection process, evaluating projects on seven criteria: degree of environmental protection, climate change, sustainability, partnership, economic impact, innovation, and environmental education and outreach. Projects don’t have to meet all criteria to merit an award and may be nonprofit or for-profit.

Projects must have been completed before October 15, 2019, to be eligible. Past winners may submit applications for new projects, but projects that have previously received an Environmental Excellence Award aren’t eligible. 

The deadline for application submission is December 17, 2019, at 5:00 PM. Guidelines may be found on the application web page.

In 2019, one individual and 17 organizations, businesses, and local governments received awards. Their projects produced environmental workforce training, mobile renewable energy workshops, energy-saving LED light installation, natural gas fueling stations, cleaned-up coastlines, stormwater retrofitting videos, conservation farming, creek restorations, and other positive outcomes for Pennsylvania.