PennFuture Announces “Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards” Honorees

(March 22, 2018) Philadelphia, Pa. – PennFuture is proud to announce the honorees for the Fourth Annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards, which will be held Thursday, April 19 at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. 
Each year, PennFuture honors the accomplishments of several exceptional women conservationists in Pennsylvania.  The 2018 Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards are designed to encourage continuing excellence in conservation and to forge a stronger network of exceptional women working to protect Pennsylvania’s environment. The following women will be awarded for their outstanding work in conservation:
Woman of Lifetime Achievement Awards will be presented to:
  • Dulcie F. Flaharty, recently retired from Natural Lands, where she served as Vice President of Community Partnerships in Southeast Pa. She has worked in land conservation for years and previously served as executive director of Montgomery County Lands Trust.
  • Katie McGinty, former state and federal environmental policy official for her service as an environmental advisor to Vice President Al Gore and President Bill Clinton, and for her work as Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection in the Cabinet of Governor Ed Rendell, among many other environmental policy leadership accomplishments.
  • Liz Robinson, for her work as founder and former executive director of the Energy Coordinating Agency, where she served for 33 years; for her work as the co-founder and first director of the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance, and for her current accomplishments as executive director of the Philadelphia Solar Energy Association.
Woman of the Delaware River Watershed will be presented to:
  • Jaclyn Rhoads, for her work in the watershed through leadership roles with Darby Creek Valley Association, Friends of the Heinz Refuge, and for her work as assistant executive director of Pinelands Preservation Alliance.
  • Maya K. van Rossum, for her protection of the watershed through advocacy and leadership at Delaware Riverkeeper Network.
Woman of Renewable Energy & Climate will be presented to:
  • Christina Simeone, for her accomplishments and leadership as the director of policy and external affairs at Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
Woman of Environmental Justice will be presented to:
  • Hon. Donna Bullock, PA House of Representatives, Philadelphia County, for her work in representing and protecting citizens disproportionately affected by pollution and environmental impacts, and for her support of expanding green jobs.
Woman of Community Engagement & Environmental Education will be presented to:
  • Joanne Douglas, an environmental artist and educator in Philadelphia,  serving as director of Bartram’s Garden High School River Internship, environmental educator at Glen Foerd on the Delaware, and a founding member of E.D.G.E ., Encouraging Development of a Green Economy.
  • Gail Farmer, for her accomplishments and leadership as executive director of Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association.
“Women in Southeast Pennsylvania are at the forefront of environmental protection and addressing climate change.” said PennFuture Board Chair Char Magaro. “We look forward to highlighting their work, celebrating their success and inspiring others to follow in their footsteps.” 
“I am thrilled to have the chance to honor these outstanding women for their work and leadership in Southeast Pennsylvania,” said PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo. “Women play a critical role in fighting for our clean air, pure water, and paving a path to a clean energy future for all, and we look forward to celebrating this year’s trailblazers who are making a difference in our Commonwealth.”
Past honorees include Cindy Dunn, Secretary of Pennsylvania’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Sister Pat Lupo of the Order of Saint Benedict, an Erie resident and avid environmental advocate. After expanding the scope of the awards in 2017, PennFuture honored Sue Currier of Delaware Highlands Conservancy; Amy Wolfe of Trout Unlimited; Katharine Dodge of Sustainable Energy Education Development Support; Angela Lambert and Diane Madl of the state Department of Conservation and Resources; and Edith Stevens of Brodhead Watershed Association. 
PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania, fighting big polluters with legal muscle, enforcing environmental laws, and supporting legislative policy that protects public health. PennFuture is engaging and educating citizens about the realities of climate change, and giving them the tools needed to influence lawmakers on the issues. Visit www.pennfuture.org for more information.