For Immediate Release: June 15, 2011
State’s Largest Environmental Coalition Applauds Senate’s
Confirmation of Secretary Allan
(Harrisburg, PA) Renew Growing Greener Coalition (RGG) Executive Director Andrew Heath today issued the following statement commending the Senate’s confirmation of Richard Allan as Secretary for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources earlier this week.
“Secretary Allan is a proven leader who has spent his career working to improve Pennsylvania’s environment in the recycling and energy industries. He has been a champion for conservation and recreation through his work with several non-profit organizations including a founding member of the North Branch Land Trust and Back Mountain Recreation, Inc.; a member of the LACAWAC Sanctuary Foundation; and a member of the board of directors of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Pennsylvania Resources Council.
“The Coalition also recognizes the important role the Secretary played in the passage of Growing Greener I and the Environmental Stewardship Fund. We look forward to working with Secretary Allan to ensure that programs like Growing Greener provide DCNR with the necessary funding for the protection of our natural resources, conservation of open space and provision of state and local recreation opportunities while helping to grow local economies. Growing Greener is a proven national model of how to effectively repair the environmental scars from our industrial heritage while continuing to improve the quality of life in our communities and create jobs.
“With money running out in the Environmental Stewardship Fund, the main source of funding for Growing Greener, it’s more important than ever that we work together to continue the decade of successes the program has realized.”
Growing Greener is a bipartisan program established in 1999 under Governor Tom Ridge and later expanded by Governors Schweiker and Rendell. Since its establishment, Growing Greener has created a tremendous legacy of success, preserving more than 33,700 acres of Pennsylvania’s family farmland, conserving more than 42,300 acres of threatened open space, adding 26,000 acres to state parks and forests, and restoring over 16,000 acres of abandoned mine lands.
The Renew Growing Greener Coalition is the Commonwealth’s largest coalition of conservation, recreation and environmental organizations representing nearly 300 organizations and government entities. For more information on the Coalition, visit www.RenewGrowingGreener.org.