GGC Executive Director Receives Presidential Citation from PRPS

GGC Executive Director Receives Presidential Citation from PRPS

For Immediate Release:  March 27, 2014

PA Growing Greener Coalition Executive Director Receives Presidential Citation from Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society

(HARRISBURG, PA) Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition Executive Director Andrew Heath recently received the presidential citation from Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society (PRPS) board president William Wert for his leadership in advocating for the Commonwealth’s parks, trails and open spaces.

“The Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society is fortunate to have Andrew’s leadership in our efforts to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to well-managed parks and recreational opportunities,” said Wert. “Andrew is a tireless advocate for our parks and trails and is committed to making sure future generations have opportunities to enjoy all the outdoor recreation opportunities the Commonwealth has to offer.”

Heath has served as the executive director of Growing Greener since 2010. Under his leadership, the Coalition has helped secure funding for recreation, conservation and preservation through the Marcellus Legacy Fund.

“Parks and other recreational opportunities provide numerous economic, environmental and quality of life benefits that help make the Commonwealth a great place to live, work and visit,” said Heath. “I am honored to receive this citation and look forward to continuing to work with PRPS to ensure that important parks and natural resources remain protected for future generations to enjoy.”

Heath, 35, is a native of Delaware County and currently lives in Lancaster. He is a graduate of Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., where he earned his BA in politics.

About the Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society (PRPS)

PRPS is the principal state organization promoting quality recreation and park training, networking, and leadership opportunities for those working and volunteering in the field. Members include professionals who manage municipal recreation and park systems and state parks, therapeutic recreation specialists and activity coordinators at health care institutions, college and university professors and students, staff of privately-operated recreation facilities, and citizen members of recreation and park boards and commissions in communities across the Commonwealth.

About the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition

The mission of the Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition is to enhance the health and economic well-being of communities across the Commonwealth by advocating for funding to conserve, protect and restore land, water and wildlife, to preserve farms and historic places, and to provide well-managed parks and recreational areas throughout the state. Established in 2008, the Coalition comprises local, regional and statewide conservation, recreation and preservation groups.  For more information, visit

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