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Wednesday, December 2nd

Please Join Us for an Evening Saluting Lancaster Mayor Rick Gray and Celebrating Great Places to Live and Work

2015 Commonwealth Awards - Honoring Smart Growth Projects and Presenting the ‘Mark C. Schneider Friend of Pennsylvania Award’

DATE:       Wednesday, December 2, 2015
TIME:        5:00 - 8:00 pm

WHERE:   Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square
5:00 pm Registration and light refreshments

5:30 pm Awards Program followed by Cocktail Reception with generous hors d’oeuvres


Reception to follow the project and personal Awards program.

The Commonwealth Awards is 10,000 Friends’ signature recognition program that honors and celebrates great development projects and the people who make them happen.   Through the Commonwealth Awards, 10,000 Friends recognizes leading and innovative development projects that utilize best practices creating great walkable, sustainable, equitable, healthy communities. 

Over the years, we have recognized a wide array of great projects - mixed-use, residential, commercial, industrial, public infrastructure, recreational/ green space, schools and other community institutions, and municipal planning projects - that demonstrate urban infill, historic rehabilitation, adaptive reuse, brownfield redevelopment, and other revitalization techniques. A panel of jurors from across a range of relevant professional disciplines is enlisted to choose the award winners from among the project submissions.  The panel reviews projects utilizing metrics based on sound land use, smart transportation and smart growth principles.  The Commonwealth Awards remain the only statewide smart growth award program in Pennsylvania.

The Commonwealth Awards reflect 10,000 Friends’ commitment to improving the quality of life for all Pennsylvanians. 10,000 Friends’ approach is to build consensus among many diverse constituencies and to take effective action in support of responsible land use and policy reforms that will revitalize cities, boroughs and older suburbs; preserve agricultural and rural lands; and conserve natural, heritage and fiscal resources.  Smart and innovative projects can and do serve as catalysts for more sustainable development.  By recognizing these efforts through the Commonwealth Awards, we hope to encourage civic leadership at all levels and encourage local developers to make more such projects a reality. 

The Mark C. Schneider - Friend of Pennsylvania Award

In addition to the project awards, at the Commonwealth Awards program we present our highest individual honor - the Mark C. Schneider - Friend of Pennsylvania Award.  10,000 Friends honors individuals for outstanding volunteer or professional service to improving their local built environments and creating great neighborhoods to live and work in Pennsylvania. To honor a truly outstanding individual, our Board of Directors chooses the Mark C. Schneider Award honoree, “In Recognition of Exemplary and Outstanding Contributions to Policies and Projects that Advance the Vision and Mission of 10,000 Friends to Improve the Quality of Life for all Pennsylvanians through Responsible and Efficient Land Use.”  Previously known simply as the Friend of Pennsylvania Award, it was renamed in honor of the exemplary service and contributions of our late friend and Board Chairman, who died in a tragic bicycle accident in 2012.  The award has been bestowed to just seven recipients since the Commonwealth Awards began in 2003, most recently to former Governor Thomas J. Ridge in 2013. Prior recipients include 10,000 Friends’ founder Joanne Denworth, Caren Glotfelty formerly of the Heinz Endowments, civic and business leader Louis J. Appell, Jr., PennDOT Secretary Allen Biehler, and former Board Member and State Representative Robert Butera.  In 2012, the Friend of Pennsylvania Award was posthumously awarded to Mark C. Schneider, who in addition to his service to 10,000 Friends, was a statewide civic leader and visionary urban real estate developer.

Call for Project Entries Extended!

Great News! Because the date of the event was delayed to December to accommodate our program, we are able to extend the deadline to submit project entries for the 2015 Commonwealth Awards program.

The project entry deadline is now Monday, October 5, 2015.

Questions? Please contact Jack Machek at 717-234-6070 or