PRC TO HONOR DAVID HESS AT OCT. 14 AWARDS CELEBRATION

Posted by: Mary Beth Mueller on September 21, 2021

DAVID HESS RECOGNIZED AS RECIPIENT OF PRC’S HIGHEST HONOR AT 2021 VIRTUAL AWARDS CELEBRATION

PRC will present its most prestigious honor – the Fox Calhoun Award – to environmental trailblazer David Hess at its annual Awards Celebration held Thursday, October 14, in virtual format.

Mr. Hess, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, was involved in the passage of every major piece of environmental legislation in Pennsylvania over a 20-year span, including those addressing watershed restoration, brownfields, municipal waste, recycling, hazardous site cleanup, safe drinking water and radiation protection.

“David has spent his career tirelessly serving the people of Pennsylvania and working to protect our environment,” said PRC Board President Winnie Branton.  “The board joins me in congratulating our friend David on being honored with the Fox Calhoun Award.”

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The Fox Calhoun Award — named for two of PRC’s founders, Hilda Fox and Cynthia Calhoun — is presented to individuals who have demonstrated uncommon leadership and has only been awarded 14 times during PRC’s 82-year history. Past recipients have included Pennsylvania governors, Secretaries of Pennsylvania DEP and DCNR, members of Congress, United States Cabinet members and nonprofit leaders.

“PRC presents its highest award to individuals who have made exceptional contributions toward the conservation of natural resources and environmental protection in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and David Hess is most deserving of this honor,” said PRC Executive Director Darren Spielman. “Throughout his distinguished career, David has worked to protect the environment through leadership, innovation and collaboration, and PRC was fortunate to benefit from his knowledge and insight during his many years as a member of the PRC Board of Directors.”

Currently, Mr. Hess is owner of PA Environment News LLC, which publishes the “PA Environment Digest” and other digital content.

The Pennsylvania Resources Council — a statewide nonprofit organization that is nationally recognized for its expertise in recycling and waste reduction — will honor Mr. Hess on Thursday, October 14, at 5:30 p.m. during an hourlong virtual awards celebration.

“The annual Awards Celebration raises funds critical for our waste reduction, recycling, education, watershed protection and advocacy efforts,” said Spielman. 

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The 2021 Awards Celebration is sponsored by A Friend of PRC, Howard Wein, Esq., Fox Rothschild LLP, Branton Strategies LLC, Blank Rome LLP, Aqua America, Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC, Eldredge, Inc., Monroe Energy, PECO and Post & Schell.

 

DAVID E. HESS, Former Secretary of PA DEP

David E. Hess, former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, was involved in the passage of every major piece of environmental legislation in Pennsylvania over a 20-year span (1983 to 2003), including those addressing watershed restoration, brownfields, municipal waste, recycling, hazardous site cleanup, safe drinking water and radiation protection.

As DEP Secretary, Mr. Hess led the agency responsible for the successful rescue of nine trapped miners at the Quecreek Mine in Somerset County in 2002 and helped guide the environmental response to the crash of Flight 93 in the same county on September 11, 2001.

Other government positions included DEP Executive Deputy Secretary for Policy and Communications, the number two post in the agency, Executive Director of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee and a variety of positions at the former Department of Environmental Resources.

In 2013, Mr. Hess was recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award by his alma mater, Shippensburg University. His formal education also includes a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois.

Mr. Hess served as a member of the PRC Board of Directors for more than a decade, including numerous years as an elected officer.

Currently, Mr. Hess is owner of PA Environment News LLC, which publishes the “PA Environment Digest” and other digital content.

Mr. Hess, who has three children and seven grandchildren, resides in Harrisburg with his wife, Mary.

 

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