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The Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), John Hanger, this week honored 16 Keystone State individuals, organizations and businesses, including Pittsburgh-based grocer Giant Eagle Supermarkets, for their efforts to protect and restore watersheds, reduce pollution and conserve energy, educate the public on environmental issues, and revitalize communities, with the annual Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
“This year’s deserving winners were selected because of their long-term commitments to protect Pennsylvania’s environment and improve our quality of life,” explained Hanger. “They have answered the call to take on our most pressing challenges and turn environmental protection into an engine of efficiency, productivity and enhanced competitiveness.”
Award winners were selected from several environmental categories, among them advanced energy deployment, pollution prevention, energy conservation, water conservation, watershed protection, mine reclamation, brownfields redevelopment, and environmental education and community outreach.
Recognition for its sustainability endeavors is nothing new for Giant Eagle, which received the Energy Star Award for Sustained Excellence in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, as well as the program’s Partner of the Year distinction for 2004 and 2005. The grocer is also under contract to purchase 17 million kilowatt-hours per year of wind energy through 2012.
Other winners of the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence included Brubaker Farms in Lancaster County’s Mount Joy; The Carlisle Area School District in Cumberland County; Crayola, LLC in Northampton County; and the Penn National Racecourse & Hollywood Casino in Dauphin County.
The honorees were recognized at the annual Pennsylvania Environmental Council Dinner in the state capital of Harrisburg.