PA Watershed Summit 2010


Keynote Speakers

Choose a keynote: David E. Hess or George S. Hawkins


Dave HessDavid E. Hess
Former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

David E. Hess has served in various positions in state government and the Pennsylvania Senate for over 28 years, most recently as the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection after working as Executive Director of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee.

During his tenure as Secretary and a senior manager at DEP the agency won more national and international awards for innovation that any other state agency in the country. The awards involved innovations in communications and public involvement, restoring brownfield industrial sites, using the Internet and information technology in unique ways, and watershed and water resource protection.

Hess received the “River Hero” Award in 2002 from the national Rivers Network, the Richard Beatty Mellon Award from the international Air & Waste Management Association, the James McGirr Kelly Award for Excellence from the National Association of Water Companies-PA Chapter and was recognized for his contributions to promoting education and environmental initiatives by the Delaware River Water Resources Association, Pennsylvania Alliance for Environmental Education, Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Pennsylvania Resources Council.

He also helped guide the successful rescue of nine miners trapped in the Quecreek Mine in Somerset, Pennsylvania in 2002 and the environmental response to the crash of Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.


George HawkinsGeorge S. Hawkins
General Manager of the DC Water and Sewer Authority

George S. Hawkins is General Manager of the DC Water and Sewer Authority (DC WASA). In this position, Mr. Hawkins oversees all of DC WASA’s operations, provision of critical services and environmental protection.

He is also responsible for carrying out the strategic plan for the utility, which employs approximately 1,000 fulltime employees and numerous contractors. The Authority manages $346 million in revenues.

Prior to joining DC WASA, Mr. Hawkins served for two and a half years as the director of the District Department of the Environment (DDOE), an $80 million dollar agency with 300 employees. As director of DDOE, Mr. Hawkins led the District’s efforts in reducing childhood exposure to lead hazards. He negotiated and oversaw the implementation of the nation’s most stringent federal permit to reduce pollutants from stormwater runoff. He managed the nation’s most successful low-income energy assistance program, including energy conservation and home weatherization. He launched and chaired the Mayor’s Green Team, which coordinates the District Government’s internal sustainability program across more than 40 agencies.

Most recently, Hawkins launched the Mayor’s Green Summer Job Corps, a group of several hundred District youth who spent the summer of 2008 engaged in environmental cleanups and public education.

Mr. Hawkins served as the Chair of the Green Building Advisory Council, which oversees the implementation of the nation’s most progressive green building law. He was a member of the Mayor’s Green Collar Jobs Advisory Committee, and a board member of DC WASA.

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