PennFuture Hosts 4th Annual Celebrating Women in Conservation Awards, Opens Nomination Process in Southeast Pennsylvania

(Feb. 6, 2018) Philadelphia, Pa. – PennFuture is now accepting nominations for its 4th 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 five 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. 
“I am thrilled to join the many individuals who will come together this April to shine a light on the women leading the way in conservation and the environment across our great Commonwealth,” 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 Southeast Pennsylvania.”
Since its inception in 2015, this event has traveled around the state to different communities to ensure recognition of local leaders, volunteers and career professionals.  This year, nominations will focus on Southeast Pennsylvania, including the greater Philadelphia Delaware River Watershed region. 
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. 
2018 Award Categories Include:
Woman of the Delaware River Watershed
This award honors an individual who has made a positive impact on water quality in the Delaware River Watershed. Her water quality work may include, but is not limited to, wildlife impacts, macroinvertebrates, land protection, stream buffers, bank rehabilitation, agriculture, water quality studies, and environmental policy.
Woman of Environmental Justice
This award honors an individual who has devoted her time and energy to defending those who have been the most disproportionately and negatively affected by pollution.  This individual has proven to be a voice for those who may not otherwise be heard, and actively advocates for environmental laws and policies to improve the lives of others in PA.
Woman of Climate and Renewable Energy 
This award honors an individual who is dedicated to addressing climate impacts or championing renewable energy efforts. This woman can be active in communities, business, government and science fields. With her skills, this woman has blazed a new trail toward a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for Pennsylvania. 
Woman of Community Engagement and Environmental Education
This award honors an individual who has dedicated herself to educating her community about sustainability and environmental policy. She is admired in her Southeast PA community for her passionate commitment to environmental awareness and to educating students and the public.
Woman with Lifetime Achievement in Conservation
This award celebrates the lifetime accomplishments of a remarkable woman who has made a difference by devoting significant parts of her life to protecting and enhancing Southeast PA’s natural greatness and for her tireless dedication to environmental advocacy. Nominees should have at least dedicated 25 years of work to conservation in Southeast PA. 
This event honors women in Pennsylvania whose achievements and contributions in business, government, community service, advocacy, science or education have led to identifiable benefits for the environment and the conservation movement.  Individuals may nominate up to five women, including themselves, with one nomination per category. Those nominated must be from one of the following counties: Philadelphia, Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, or Berks.
To submit a nomination, please complete and return the nomination form and up to two letters of recommendation (one per nominee) to Emily Rinaldi at rinaldi@pennfuture.org by 4:30 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018. Forms can also be mailed to Emily Rinaldi, PennFuture, 425 Carlton Road, Suite 101, Mt Pocono, PA 18344. For questions regarding nominations, please call 570-216-3344.
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.
Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications