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Patti Olenick, a veteran state environmental official, is now Weis Markets’ first-ever sustainability specialist. In her new role, she will help the Sunbury, Pa.-based grocer develop its sustainability and environmental responsibility efforts.
“We take our environmental responsibilities seriously,” noted Weis Markets president and CEO David J. Hepfinger. “For decades, we’ve recycled enormous quantities of cardboard and plastic, and in recent years, we’ve utilized energy and water usage reduction systems throughout our company. Patti will help us develop a more systematic approach to our sustainability programs and bring greater cohesion to our efforts.”
Olenick comes to Weis Markets from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). Her extensive experience encompasses waste management, recycling and composting. In the course of her 20-year government career, she helped develop several innovative initiatives, among them The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, the Community Illegal Dump Cleanup Grant Program and a statewide backyard composting program.
Weis Markets, which will celebrate its 98th anniversary in May, operates 164 stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and West Virginia.