PPL improving local education in Pennsylvania

Northampton Envirothon 2012.


PPL Corporation is honored to have donated $2.1 million to support education in the state of Pennsylvania last year.

“PPL continues to be tremendously committed to our communities,” said Don Bernhard, director, Community Affairs.  “We feel that one of the most effective things we can do as a leader in the community is to help properly educate and support our youth, especially during the crucial early years of their lives.”

Last year, PPL gave more than $1.3 million to dozens of education organizations under the state Department of Community and Economic Development’s Education Improvement Tax Credit program. The program gives companies an opportunity to support quality agencies working to educate children.

PPL also funded 72 educational institutions, including colleges and universities, through grants that exceeded $880,000.

Through the EITC program, the state encourages businesses to contribute toward pre-kindergarten programs, scholarships and educational improvement organizations to expand educational opportunities for students. Since the program began in 2001, PPL has contributed more than $10 million toward education in the state. The recipients must be qualified by the state Department of Community and Economic Development.

Among the recipients were: Community Services for Children (Allentown), United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley, The Hillside School, Danville School, Pocono Services for Families and Children, United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties, United Way of Lancaster County, and United Way of Wyoming Valley.

PPL also supports education programs in other states where it does business.

Calling all bird lovers

Osprey and chick at the PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Preserve.

Osprey and chick at the PPL Lake Wallenpaupack Preserve.

Did you know that PPL’s environmental preserves have been directly involved in efforts to raise awareness of birds and their habitat, and to restore peregrine falcons, bald eagles, ospreys and other bird species to Pennsylvania? Through a “Bird Town” alliance with the Audubon Society, PPL works to raise awareness of birds and their habitats through education, awareness and training activities.

Black-capped Chickadee

Black-capped Chickadee

Here is a chance for all bird lovers to become engaged.  The National Audubon Society is seeking participants for The Great Backyard Bird Count,   an annual four-day event from Feb. 15-18 that engages bird watchers in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.

Anyone interested in volunteering to take part in this event can grab their binoculars and sign up here: http://www.birdsource.org/gbbc/howto.html.  Volunteers provide important information on the status and trends of our bird populations.

To learn more about PPL’s commitment to birds of prey throughout Pennsylvania, we invite you to read and follow our blog.

Good Luck to Envirothon Participants!

In less than a week, students from all over the United States and Canada will converge on Susquehanna University in central PA to take part in a one of a kind environmental competition called the 2012 Canon Envirothon.

From July 24-27th, students will take tests on a variety of environmental subjects, including wildlife, soils, aquatics, forestry and current issues as well as present to judges about low impact development practices.  The competition is supported by conservation districts and various state agencies such as the DCNR Bureau of Forestry,  PA Department of Environmental Protection, PA Fish and Boat Commission, Natural Resource Conservation Service and PA Game Commission, which test students within the boundaries of their environmental specialties.

PA’s team hails from MMI Preparatory school in Luzerne County and recently won both the county Envirothon competition at PPL’s Susquehanna Riverlands and the State Envirothon competition at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown.

MetroCasting Channel 10 cameras were on hand at the PPL Susquehanna Riverlands Envirothon event sponsored by the Luzerne County Conservation District. Nearly 200 students from 11 Luzerne County school districts participated in this competition that takes them most of the school year to prepare for. To learn more about the Envirothon competition, you can watch MetroCast Channel 10’s feature story at PPL’s Susquehanna Riverlands at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GJXvh-9Srac# or visit http://www.envirothon.org.

PPL is pleased to  support this environmental education competition and would like to congratulate the teams and wish them good luck in Selinsgrove!

Envirothon competitions invade PPL Preserves!


As final scores are tallied, students hear about recreational opportunities from Dan Corrigan, owner of NEWE, a local recreational outfitter.

A little bit of rain (ok, a LOT in a few instances) didn’t deter the crowd of 60+ students from testing their knowledge at the Pike-Wayne Envirothon competition on Wednesday, May 2 at the PPL Wallenpaupack Environmental Learning Center.  The most popular part of the day  — other than the ice cream sundaes donated by Yatsonsky Farm! —  was seeing a tranquilized bear, being tagged and handled by PA Game Commission officers. 
The competition was tougher than ever this year, with a spread of only 4 points between the top three teams and the need for a tie-breaker question! Congratulations to the “EcoVision” team from Wallenpaupack Area High Schooland the “Wayne Mountain Men” from Western Wayne High School, who will go on to represent Pike and Wayne Counties, respectively, at the state competition at University of Pittsburgh Johnstown later this month. Make us proud, teams! We’re rooting for you!