PA DEP now accepting applications for Environmental, Energy Challenge grant program

May 16, 2002
Pennsylvania DEP Secretary David E. Hess announced the department is now accepting applications for grants through the new Pennsylvania Environmental and Energy Challenge grant program.

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 16, 2002 -- On behalf of Pennsylvania Gov. Mark Schweiker, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary David E. Hess Thursday announced that the department is now accepting applications for pollution prevention and energy efficiency grants through the new Pennsylvania Environmental and Energy Challenge (PEEC) grant program.

"Pennsylvania has long been a leader in innovative environmental and energy management," Secretary Hess said. "Continuing that tradition, the PEEC grant program will fund innovative technology and approaches, so we can better manage our resources to improve the environment, support economic development and better our quality of life."

PEEC will provide funds to address pollution prevention, pollution reduction and energy efficiency. New and innovative projects and technologies will be preferred. Projects that can provide a match for funding and can demonstrate the ability to partner or leverage other existing activities also will be preferred.

For the first year, DEP expects to invest more than $1.5 million in a variety of projects, including sustainable use of natural resources, toxics reduction in the environment, enhancement of biological diversity, climate change mitigation, and ground level ozone mitigation.

Eligible applicants for the PEEC program include incorporated for-profit business entities, counties and municipalities, county conservation districts, incorporated 501© non-profit organizations, colleges and universities, school districts, or any other organization with an eligible sponsor.

Applications can be downloaded online at (directLINK "2002 PEEC Grant").

The deadline for submitting applications is July 3.

For more information on pollution prevention, visit the Pennsylvania homepage at, PA Keyword: "OPPCA." To see and hear how individuals and businesses are preventing pollution, visit

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