Two local groups, the Evergreen Conservancy and the Indiana County PA Senior Environment Corps, each received Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards in May at the Westin Hotel and Convention Center in Pittsburgh.
The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards recognize and honor outstanding achievements of organizations, businesses and individuals in a wide range of environmental initiatives throughout the region and pays tribute to those who have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence, leadership and accomplishment in their respective fields.
The Evergreen Conservancy of Indiana is a group of committed volunteers who work to raise the quality of life of the citizens in and around Indiana County by preserving and protecting our resources. Their role as a land trust allows us to hold property in public interest for the benefit of the community. Evergreen is currently working on countywide stream monitoring, providing environmental education at Tanoma and other locations, working with local groups to enhance community parks and continuing to work on cleaning up abandoned mine discharge.
The Indiana County PA Senior Environment Corps (SEC) combines the time and talents of senior volunteers with the conservation priorities of their movement. The Senior Environment Corps in Indiana County is hosted and sponsored by Aging Services on Oak Street in Indiana. Nature Abounds, a DuBois-based nonprofit, is the parent organization of Senior Environment Corps nationally. Nature Abounds’ focus is on bringing people together for a healthy planet. The Indiana County Senior Environment Corps is a very active affiliate of the statewide senior Environment Corps programs. The local group is involved with all the watersheds in the county and works protecting our environment. Many of the Indiana County Senior Environment Corps members are also involved with Evergreen Conservancy.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council, sponsor of the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards, hopes to encourage the community to emulate the achievements of the successful nominees, thereby promoting interactive environmental efforts and enhancing the quality of life in western Pennsylvania. The awards program is made possible by a grant from Dominion Energy. The award includes a $5,000 donation. Five awards were given out this year. In addition to the Evergreen Conservancy and the Senior Environment Corps program, other winners were Shenango River Watchers Inc., college students Tyler Umstead and Lance Jubis, and Beaver Valley Slag.
The Evergreen Conservancy was represented at the awards ceremony by board President Cindy Rogers and members Tim Slippy, Sally Thornton, John and JoAnne Ferraro, and John Dudash. Rogers, Thornton, the Ferraros and Dudash also represented the Indiana County PA Senior Environment Corps.