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West Chester Borough Council member Dr. Denise Polk, a communications professor at West Chester University along with West Chester’s Sustainability Coordinator, Meghan Fogarty, recently received an award for their work to create a program to make the community more sustainable. The pair was recognized by the Pennsylvania Downtown Center for their efforts diverting 360 tons of food scraps from the landfill to composting bins. In addition, viable leftover food was sent to people in need. In 2016, Polk was awarded a grant funded by the Environmental Protection Agency for the pilot program. The pair were able to get local restaurants and businesses to divert their food scraps. The West Chester Borough Public Works Department collected those scraps and transported them to a nearby compost facility. Polk and Fogarty were recognized by Community Greening at its annual gala awards banquet June 5 in West Chester. Polk said: “We needed the collaboration of all our participants – even the ones who said no – as well as the compost facility, Borough government (especially Public Works), the EPA, the Business Improvement District, the University students and administration, and our residents who supported the program.”