Former Governor Tom Ridge was in town this Friday, to recognize significant leaders in environmental work for the John C. Oliver Environmental Leadership Award.
The group Environment Erie took home this year's award. The group works to help sustain our community's natural resources through watershed protection and restoration efforts.
Ridge also weighed in on President Obama's nomination for Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson. Ridge, as many are aware, was the first person to hold that office, and he said Johnson reached out to him for guidance.
"I was given the opportunity to kind of build it anew, but frankly there's still a work in progress. It's gone from 180,000 people to well over 200,000 people but there's still a lot of challenges associated with it. So all the help and support I can give him, I plan on doing that."
Ridge says he will be meeting with Johnson next week.