PHILADELPHIA — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency''s (EPA) mid-Atlantic region announced 11 winners of its annual environmental achievement awards, including two from the Philadelphia area, according to a press release.
"People and organizations throughout our region are making great strides in environmental protection, and these awards recognize some of the shining stars who are doing more than their share to keep our planet healthy and inspiring others to do the same," said Shawn M. Garvin, regional administrator for the EPA''s mid-Atlantic region.
The Mid-Atlantic Environmental Achievement Awards recognize groups, agencies, individuals and businesses making extraordinary contributions to improving the environment in the mid-Atlantic region, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia, the release noted.
According to the release, the Philadelphia award winners included the Upper Merion School District in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, for being a 2010 ENERGY STAR leader and for reducing its energy consumption by more than 30 percent, an achievement reached by only about a dozen of the nation''s 15,000 school districts.
All six of Upper Merion''s schools have earned the ENERGY STAR rating and several buildings have energy reductions near 50 percent, the release stated.
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