SUNBURY, Pa. Patti Olenick, a former long-time state environmental official, has joined Weis Markets as the company's first-ever sustainability specialist.
Olenick will help the company develop its sustainability and environmental responsibility programs.
"We take our environmental responsibilities seriously," said Weis Markets president and CEO David Hepfinger. "For decades, we've recycled enormous quantities of cardboard and plastic and in recent years, we've utilized energy and water usage reduction systems throughout our company. Patti will help us develop a more systematic approach to our sustainability programs and bring greater cohesion to our efforts."
Olenick joins the company from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. She has extensive experience in waste management, recycling and composting. During her 20-year government career, she helped develop a number of innovative programs including The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania, the Community Illegal Dump Cleanup Grant Program and a statewide backyard composting program.