WVDEP Presents Environmental Awards to Businesses, Groups, and Individuals From Across West Virginia


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Two dozen businesses, groups, and individuals from across West Virginia were presented Environmental Awards June 6 for efforts that included revitalization of brownfields, litter cleanup, and clean energy.

In order to receive an Environmental Award, the recipient had to be nominated by a WVDEP employee for exemplary actions in promoting a healthy environment in West Virginia. The recipient also had to have no outstanding environmental violations from WVDEP and have no environmental violations in the past year.

These businesses, groups, and individuals received their Environmental Awards from WVDEP Cabinet Secretary Austin Caperton during a special ceremony today at the WVDEP headquarters in Kanawha City:

- Cabinet Secretary Award 
    o The City of Buckhannon (nominated in the Environmental Stewardship category)
- Clean Energy 
    o Raleigh County Landfill
- Brownfields Redevelopment 
    o City of Thomas 
    o New Historic Thomas
- Brownfields and Voluntary Program 
    o Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council 
- Education and Community Involvement 
    o Beckley Area Foundation 
    o Experience Learning 
    o Forks of Coal State Natural Area Foundation 
    o Greenbrier County Recycling Center 
    o Lauren Blackledge, Mary Ingles Elementary School 
    o Upshur County Solid Waste Authority
- Environmental Partnership 
    o Fourpole Creek Watershed Association
- Environmental Stewardship 
    o Blue Creek Mining, LLC 
    o Burnsville Volunteer Fire Department 
    o Coal River Mountain Watch for their Tadpole Project 
    o Lydia M. Work, Environmental Standards, Inc. 
    o Toyota Motor Manufacturing of West Virginia
- Environmental Volunteers 
    o Michelle Martin and Melissa Mansour 
    o Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority 
    o Paint Creek Watershed Association
- Industry < 100 Employees 
    o Phillips Machine Service, Inc.
- Outstanding Litter Officer 
    o John Dunn, Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority
- Safe Dams 
    o Jeff Zirkle, FirstEnergy Corp.

For more DEP news and information, go to www.dep.wv.gov. Also, be sure to connect with the agency on all social media platforms. Follow @DEPWV on Twitter and find us on YouTube by searching “Environment Matters.” For specific information about our REAP (Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan), West Virginia Project WET (Water Education for Teachers), West Virginia Watershed Improvement Branch, Youth Environmental Program and Human Resources initiatives, connect on Facebook.


Jake Glance
(304) 926-0499 ext. 1335