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LVCF to Host Environment & Sustainability Program and Announce $50,000 in Spark Grants

Allentown, Pa., July 28, 2017—Cindy Adams Dunn, Pennsylvania’s Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, will visit the Lehigh Valley for a talk, “How Green is our Valley?,” on Wednesday, August 2, 4 p.m. , at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary Pavilion, Wildlands Conservancy.  The Secretary will be joined by Michael Stershic, president of Discover Lehigh Valley, to discuss how protecting nature protects the quality of life in our region.  The media is invited to attend this event which is by invitation and not open to the public.

The program is the fourth in the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Spark Grant celebration. After the keynote presentation, the Community Foundation will award a total of $50,000 in grants to the five organizations who were selected as finalists who are addressing the environment and sustainably issues in Lehigh and Northampton Counties. 

Bernie Story, president and CEO of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, will present the grant awards.  Story will be joined by Greg Butz, president and CEO, Alvin H. Butz, Inc., and a member of the Foundation’s Board of Governors, who will present the results of the video voting campaign and share the videos.

The five finalists are:

  • Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation - Reimagining the Bethlehem Rose Garden program
  • Community Bike Works - Bike to Sustainability program
  • Greater Easton Development Partnership - Easton Compost Project
  • Watershed Coalition of the Lehigh Valley - Lehigh Valley Youth Watershed Steward Program
  • Wildlands Conservancy - Collaborative Watershed Education Program

See the videos from the five finalists at:

In addition to the talk and grant presentations, there will be a guided hike led by Wildlands Conservancy President Chris Kocher, and Lehigh Gap Nature Center Executive Director Dan Kunkle. Attendees will also enjoy a reception following the talk and interact with Wildands wildlife.

About Cindy Adams Dunn

Governor Tom Wolf appointed Cindy Adams Dunn, the sixth secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, returning to the agency where she worked under three governors in multiple positions over the last two decades.

Since November 2013, Dunn had served as the president and chief executive officer of PennFuture, a statewide environmental advocacy organization. She previously served as DCNR’s Deputy Secretary of Conservation and Technical Services from 2007-2013, where she led DCNR’s conservation landscape program and oversaw the community conservation partnerships grant program, which provides $30-$60 million annually for conservation and recreation throughout the commonwealth. Dunn’s other leadership roles include serving as the executive director of Audubon Pennsylvania from 1997-2003 and as the Pennsylvania program director for the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay for ten years. For a complete bio, visit:

About Michael Stershic

Michael Stershic is the president of Discover Lehigh Valley, a position he has held since 2004.  He is passionate about marketing Lehigh Valley, Pa. to visitors. Stershic has more than forty years of experience in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors. He has served thirty of them in senior level positions in areas of management, marketing, planning, community relations, coalition building and development.

About the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation

For nearly five decades, the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation has helped donors with their charitable contributions with a simple, powerful, and highly personalized approach. LVCF is a philanthropic hub for the Lehigh Valley—who know and navigate the landscape of the Lehigh Valley’s community needs to connect people who care to causes that matter.

With a diverse and respected Board of Governors, the Community Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization located in Allentown, Pennsylvania.  The Foundation is cause-neutral and supports all areas of community needs in in the Lehigh Valley and beyond in compliance with the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. To learn more, visit:

The Spark Series | Environment & Sustainability is the fourth of six programs being held in 2017 to coincide with the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation's 50th Anniversary year of special grantmaking. Support the cause with a gift to the Community Foundation for environment & sustainability initiatives.

Thank you to our event Spark Sponsor: