History

History

The Coalition comprises local, regional, and statewide conservation, recreation and preservation groups that have come together to build awareness and educate the public and elected leaders about the critical need for continued conservation, recreation and preservation funding.

The Coalition was formed in January 2008 with the guidance and leadership of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).  Originally calling themselves the “Green Team,” this small group of organizations began to organize and develop a strategy for dealing with the inevitable depletion of the Growing Greener II bond program that was slated to end in 2010.

Within a year of their first meeting, the Renew Growing Greener Coalition was born and the group grew in size and influence.  It was also around this time that DCNR stopped actively participating in the Coalition, allowing the organizations to take the reigns.

In 2010 the Coalition hired a full-time Executive Director, Andrew Heath.  From 2010 to 2012, the Coalition focused its efforts on increasing funds for the Growing Greener Environmental Stewardship Fund – bringing together more than 240 organizations, 115 municipalities and 37 counties to support its efforts.

The Renew Growing Greener Coalition changed its name in 2012 to the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition and adopted a new, more expansive mission statement that reflected the growing threat to state environmental and preservation programs.