Pennsylvania’s leading environmental advocacy group, PennFuture, had to return a $138,000 state grant, after violating the contract it agreed to with the Department of Community and Economic Development.
Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future — better known as PennFuture — received a two-year grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development in 2009 to provide information on energy conservation to school districts and municipalities.
PennFuture hired a consultant to do the work without getting approval from DCED as required in the contract.
More troubling is the fact that after the consultant was terminated one year into the contract, the remaining grant funds were “repurposed” without notice to DCED or an amendment to the contract.
The remaining funds were used for other PennFuture energy-conservation efforts, including a daylong program on energy efficiency at the group’s annual conference last year.
PennFuture President and CEO Jan Jarrett takes full responsibility.
Two members of the Corbett Administration – Energy Executive Patrick Henderson and speechwriter Dennis Roddy – discovered PennFuture’s “repurposing,” and forwarded their findings to DCED Secretary Alan Walker. Jarrett has apologized, telling the Patriot-News, “We have lots going on. It slipped through the cracks.”