Five area environmental programs to be honored _ business wire

PITTSBURGH–( BUSINESS WIRE)–Four environmental programs and one individual will share $25,000 from

Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) for innovation

and effectiveness in making a positive impact on the Western

Pennsylvania environment.

They are this year’s winners of the 2016 Western Pennsylvania

Environmental Awards, presented annually to local organizations that

demonstrate leadership, effectiveness, and results in making an impact

on the environment. All five were chosen by a group of independent

judges, environmental experts, and PEC staff in response to a call for

entries earlier this year.

With these awards, each winner will designate a $5,000 cash prize to be

used in support of a nonprofit environmental program of their choice.

The 2016 winners are:

Connoquenessing Watershed Alliance – Butler (Butler

County)

Crawford County Riparian Restoration Program – Meadville

(Crawford County)

Green Building Alliance – Pittsburgh 2030 District – Pittsburgh

(Allegheny County)

Pittsburgh Botanic Garden – Oakdale (Allegheny County)

Edward Schroth – Leetsdale (Allegheny County)

The Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards program is open to

individuals, businesses, and organizations that demonstrated a

commitment to environmental excellence, leadership and accomplishment,

and made significant contributions toward improving Western

Pennsylvania’s environment. Dominion and the Pennsylvania Environmental

Council sponsor the Western Pennsylvania Environmental Awards each year

to encourage the community to emulate the achievements of the winning

entries, thereby promoting innovative environmental efforts and

enhancing the quality of life in Western Pennsylvania.

The winners will be honored at the Western Pennsylvania Environmental

Awards Dinner and Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at the

Westin Convention Center Hotel downtown Pittsburgh.

About the Western Pennsylvania Environmental

Awards

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.

About Dominion

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of

energy, with a portfolio of approximately 24,300 megawatts of

generation, 12,200 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and

storage pipeline, and 6,500 miles of electric transmission lines.

Dominion operates one of the nation’s largest natural gas storage

systems with 933 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves more

than five million utility and retail energy customers in 14 states. For

more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at www. dom. com.

About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) protects and restores

the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration,

education, and advocacy. PEC believes in the value of partnerships with

the private sector, government, communities, and individuals to improve

the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. For more information about

the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, visit its website at www. pecpa. org .