Patrick Renshaw has spent much of his career protecting the environment and helping to find ways to do work better.
The PPL Electric Utilities environmental project manager can talk for hours about recycling, protecting waterways and wetlands, and keeping declining honeybee populations safe.
So, who better to talk to budding young environmentalists than a guy who has spent much of his 31 years at PPL doing that kind of work?
Patrick spent an afternoon earlier this year at Dieruff High School in Allentown, speaking to groups of high school and middle school students about the crucial role we play in environmental protection efforts, as well as the innovation and technology being used to improve those efforts.
He discussed everything from our efforts to recycle metals and reuse wooden poles to the lengths the company goes to protect things like wetlands, waterways and honey bees. He spoke about protecting waterways, soils, air and nature in general.
“Educating our young people about preserving and protecting the environmental resources we have is one of the most important things we do,” he said. “It’s a way to set the world up to be better going forward. It was impressive to see how plugged in to the environment this group of students is.”
Patrick is a chemical engineer who serves as an adjunct professor at Alvernia University in Reading. He’s also a board member at Wildlands Conservancy, a Lehigh Valley-based organization whose mission is to protect and restore natural areas and waterways and educate the public about the importance of environmental protection.
He spoke to the students about careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields. The students are part of a summer education program that features lessons on environmental stewardship.
“The students and teachers were exposed to new ideas in environmental science and the impact of delivering electricity to our communities,” said Liliana Arias, a student support specialist for the program. “We look to community leaders such as Patrick to expand our students’ experiences, and he provided our students with an insight that our students would never have thought of.”
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