It was great afternoon for us at Earth Conservancy, as we hosted the U.S. EPA Mid-Atlantic Region’s Regional Administrator Cecil Rodrigues to announce three $200,000 brownfields cleanup grants for our continuing work on reclaiming Bliss Bank and restoring Espy Run.  Also part of the celebration:  another $200,000 award from the EPA’s Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training program, which Earth Conservancy will use to start its Environmental Workforce Training Program with its partner, Penn State Wilkes-Barre.  In addition to Mr. Rodrigues, speakers included EC’s President/CEO, Mike Dziak; Congressman Lou Barletta’s District Director, Conrad Falvello; and Penn State Wilkes-Barre’s Chancellor, Dr. Dale Jones.  Other partners on the EWT Program include the Luzerne-Schuylkill Workforce Investment Board; the Lackawanna County and Pocono Counties Workforce Development Boards; the Northern Tier Regional Planning Development Commission; EOTC; and EPCAMR. Our thanks to everyone who helped make this an amazing event and continue to support our work.

Pictured below, left to right: 1.) EPA Project Officer Jeff Barnett chats with Dr. Dale Jones, Chancellor of PSU Wilkes-Barre; 2.) EPA Region 3 Acting Administrator Cecil Rodrigues talks with PSU Wilkes-Barre faculty and staff, including Jane Ashton (center), Director of Continuing Education; 3.) Crowd awaiting the award announcements; 4.) Mr. Rodrigues; 5.) Mr. Dziak; 6.) Mr. Favello; 7.) Dr. Jones; 8.) View of Hanover 9 field, where event occurred.