John Dawes Op-Ed: Renew Conservation Commitment

John Dawes Op-Ed: Renew Conservation Commitment

By R. John Dawes

Foundation for Pennsylvania Watersheds Executive Director

Pennsylvania House leaders have an opportunity to honor and advance the constitutional right of Pennsylvanians to clean air, pure water and the conservation of our public resources by scheduling a vote on Senate Bill 799, which, if appropriately funded, would reinvigorate the state’s successful Growing Greener program.

In 1999, the General Assembly passed the first Growing Greener program. This and subsequent initiatives have invested hundreds of millions of dollars in projects to restore polluted waterways, protect water supplies, …

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Growing Greener Coalition Receives Bipartisan Support from Legislators

Growing Greener Coalition Receives Bipartisan Support from Legislators

By Derek Snyder (Pennsylvania Legislative Services)

Several state senators and representatives held a press conference this morning alongside the Growing Greener Coalition to support a $50 million funding investment into the Growing Greener III program.

Rep. Alex Charlton (R–Delaware) began by issuing his support for Growing Greener III and urging Rep. John Maher (R–Allegheny), the Environmental Resources and Energy Committee chairman, to schedule a vote through his committee for SB 799, which was introduced by Sen. Rich Alloway (R–Franklin).

“Pennsylvanians have a constitutional right to clean air, …

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Legislators Call on House Leaders to Move Growing Greener III Legislation

Legislators Call on House Leaders to Move Growing Greener III Legislation

Rep. Alex Charlton (R-Delaware), accompanied by a bipartisan group of fellow legislators, called on House Environmental Resources and Energy Chairman John Maher (R-Allegheny) to schedule a vote on legislation that would reinvigorate Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener program at a Capitol press conference earlier today.

“This legislation, if coupled with new state funding commitments for Growing Greener, would deliver real, tangible, and lasting benefits to all Pennsylvanians,” said Charlton. “It would empower our communities to address critical environmental priorities such as conserving land, protecting water resources, restoring damaged …

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Senate Passes GGIII Framework Legislation

Senate Passes GGIII Framework Legislation

For Immediate Release:  January 31, 2018
Contacts: Andrew Heath, Growing Greener Coalition, (717) 824-2281

COALITION APPLAUDS SENATE’S PASSAGE OF GROWING GREENER III
FRAMEWORK LEGISLATION 

(HARRISBURG, PA) The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition, the largest coalition of conservation, recreation and preservation organizations in the Commonwealth, today expressed its appreciation to the Pennsylvania Senate for passing the Growing Greener III framework legislation originally introduced by Senator Tom Killion (R-Delaware) by an overwhelming vote of 47 to 2.

“Today is a great day for the Growing Greener program, the communities and non-profits …

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Coalition Statement on DEP Growing Greener Grants

Coalition Statement on DEP Growing Greener Grants

For Immediate Release:  December 7, 2017

COALITION STATEMENT ON ANNOUNCED GROWING GREENER GRANTS 

(HARRISBURG, PA) The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition, the largest coalition of conservation, recreation and preservation organizations in the Commonwealth, today issued the following statement from Executive Director Andrew Heath in response to Governor Wolf’s announcement of 106 local water clean-up projects that will receive more than $20.7 million in Growing Greener funding.

“The Coalition applauds the Wolf administration and General Assembly for recognizing the need to improve water quality in Pennsylvania and for …

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Coalition Applauds Conservation & Recreation Grants

Coalition Applauds Conservation & Recreation Grants

For Immediate Release:  December 5, 2017

GROWING GREENER COALITION APPLAUDS CONSERVATION & RECREATION GRANTS, CAUTIONS THAT OVERALL FUNDING IS INSUFFICIENT

(HARRISBURG, PA) The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition, the largest coalition of conservation, recreation and preservation organizations in Pennsylvania, today applauded the state for awarding $44 million in grants to support conservation and recreation projects across the Commonwealth.

However, the Coalition cautioned that overall funding for conservation and recreation remains at all-time lows. Because of this, the Coalition calls on the Governor and Legislature to take action …

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Coalition Statement: No Special Fund Transfers

Coalition Statement: No Special Fund Transfers

For Immediate Release:  September 5, 2017

Coalition Statement on ‘Taxpayer Caucus’ Budget Proposal

(HARRISBURG, PA) The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition, the largest coalition of conservation, recreation and preservation organizations in the Commonwealth, today issued the following statement from Executive Director Andrew Heath in response to the ‘Taxpayer Caucus’ budget proposal.

“Today, a handful of Republican House members presented a revenue proposal that relies heavily on special fund transfers, including transfers from Growing Greener Environmental Stewardship Fund, the Keystone Recreation, Park & Conservation Fund and the Agriculture …

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Sign-On Letter: No Special Fund Transfers

Sign-On Letter: No Special Fund Transfers

NO SPECIAL FUND TRANSFERS

Electronic Version Sent: July 22, 2017
Updated: August 31, 2017

Dear Members of the General Assembly,

As discussions continue on the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year budget, we, the undersigned business and community leaders, elected officials, and organizations, strongly urge you to protect special funds for conservation, recreation, and preservation programs critical to the protection of our land, water, and heritage.

We recognize current budget challenges, but we also recognize that the Commonwealth cannot achieve prosperity by cutting crucial investments in Pennsylvania’s future – …

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Growing Greener Bill Introduced

Growing Greener Bill Introduced

For Immediate Release:  May 24, 2017 

COALITION APPLAUDS INTRODUCTION OF GROWING GREENER BILL
First Step Toward Increased Investment to Protect Water, Land and
Other Natural Resources

(HARRISBURG, PA) The Pennsylvania Growing Greener Coalition today applauded the introduction of legislation that establishes a framework for renewed and increased investment in the state’s Growing Greener program. The legislation was introduced by Sen. Tom Killion (R-Delaware), Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Adams) and Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks).

“We are thankful to Senators Killion, Alloway and McIlhinney for standing up for the Growing …

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Keep PA Growing Greener Rally

Keep PA Growing Greener Rally

 

For Immediate Release:  May 9, 2017

GROWING GREENER ADVOCATES RALLY FOR INCREASED FUNDING FOR CLEAN WATER, PARKS, TRAILS, OPEN SPACE AND FAMILY FARMS

(HARRISBURG, PA) Advocates for Pennsylvania’s Growing Greener program today rallied on the steps of the state Capitol to call for increased funding to protect water, preserve open space and family farms, and ensure current and future generations continue to have access to community parks, trails and other recreational opportunities.

“Funding for the Growing Greener program is at an all-time low,” said Andrew Heath, …

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