Murphy receives Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence

Posted: April 21, 2010

Tom Murphy, extension educator in Lycoming County, was one of 16 individuals and organizations to receive a 2010 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.
Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy

Announced by state Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger, the awards honor individuals, organizations and businesses for outstanding efforts to protect and restore watersheds, reduce pollution and conserve energy, educate the public on environmental issues and revitalize communities. The annual awards recognize efforts and investments to turn environmental problems into opportunities and promote America’s energy independence.

Murphy, co-director of Penn State's Marcellus Initiative for Outreach and Research, has taken a lead role in providing information to the public about issues surrounding Marcellus shale gas exploration. He and a team of faculty members and educators from around the state have organized workshops, webinars, publications and other educational efforts to advise landowners, local government officials and others about leasing issues, drilling procedures, water-quality concerns, community infrastructure, economic opportunities, workforce needs and other matters related to the state's natural-gas boom.

"Pennsylvania faces a host of formidable environmental issues, such as cleaning up the historic damage from our industrial past, protecting our water resources from new development and properly managing our rapidly growing natural-gas industry," Hanger said. "I urge business and ordinary citizens to view these challenges not as problems but as opportunities to build, invent and grow our way to better resource stewardship and sustainable development."