HARRISBURG, Pa., July 6, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- PennFuture announced today the appointment of Larry J. Schweiger as president and CEO of the statewide environmental advocacy organization after a four-month national search. He succeeds Cindy Adams Dunn, who left the organization in January to assume the role of Secretary of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
"We're thrilled that Larry is willing and eager to lead PennFuture at this critical juncture for energy and the environment in Pennsylvania," said David Lane, chair of PennFuture's board of directors. "His depth and breadth of experience on these issues is unparalleled and he retains a passion and commitment for the work we do that is second to none. He is an environmental and climate champion for our times and ready for the challenges, and opportunities, that lie ahead."
Schweiger comes to PennFuture after ten years at the helm of the National Wildlife Federation, where he led the organization's four million members and supporters and 47 state and territorial affiliates. He is a past president and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, held a key leadership role at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and served as Executive Secretary of a bipartisan environmental committee of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. The Pittsburgh-area native is an author, national speaker and highly-regarded nature photographer, creating resonant images of, among other things, the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, tar sands mining, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He is an avid fresh and saltwater angler, boater and canoeist.
"America works best when we work together," said Schweiger. "Clean energy, natural resource protection and a safe environment are not partisan issues, rather, they touch us all. I am committed to helping give these issues the priority they deserve here in Pennsylvania. PennFuture has long been mindful of the impact of its efforts on this and future generations and it's the lens through which we will continue to view all our efforts."
PennFuture is a statewide public interest membership organization founded in 1998 with offices in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Wilkes-Barre. PennFuture's activities include litigating cases before regulatory bodies and in local, state, and federal courts; advocating and advancing legislative action on a state and federal level; public education; and assisting citizens in public advocacy.