PPL’s backing of the 2018 Pennsylvania Envirothon came with more than a financial contribution from the PPL Foundation.

About a half-dozen PPL Electric Utilities employees volunteered this week at the statewide competition, held at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Snyder County, and Camp Mount Luther in nearby Mifflinburg, Union County.

In the Envirothon, teams of five high school students compete in field testing using their knowledge in five areas – soils and land use, aquatic ecology, forestry, wildlife and environmental issues.

Numerous state officials, including state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and state Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Patrick McDonnell, attended the Envirothon Wednesday (5/23). Other state agencies, including the Fish and Boat Commission and the Game Commission, also had representatives at the event.

Our volunteers assisted the Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) in staffing an energy station at the event. They used watt meters to test various appliances and calculate kilowatt hours, and discussed topics including energy efficiency, ENERGY STAR appliances, and phantom load. KEEA used infrared thermal imaging to show how to detect air leaks and also spoke about energy audits.

To further demonstrate our commitment to the environment, each of the more than 300 student participants received a tree seedling through our Community Roots program.

Alana Roberts, our regional affairs director in northeast Pennsylvania, was an Envirothon participant as a high school student and one of our volunteers this week.

“This was a perfect place to highlight our genuine concern for and love of the environment,” Roberts said. “Our volunteers left a positive, lasting impression that PPL walks the talk.”

In addition to Roberts, our volunteers included Senior Environmental Professionals Meg Welker and Eric Beaver, Line Clearance Inspectors Christopher Tolomay and Caleb Houser, Forester Mary Baker and Environmental Project Manager Jen Sedora. (Welker and Houser are pictured above.)

“This is the premier STEM competition in Pennsylvania, and we had the opportunity to talk with some of the students and teachers about future jobs in STEM-related fields – including PPL opportunities,” said Welker, who serves on the Envirothon’s Corporate Advisory Board.