New Castle News -One of the creators of the Lower East Side Community Garden will receive the 2020 Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award. “I am surprised to have been nominated,” Ken Rice said. “Let alone chosen.” Rice has helped transform abandoned properties throughout New Castle into sustainable community gardens like on the city’s East and South sides. “I am also really glad that they found our mission at the Lower East Side Community Garden to be important,” he continued. “I hope the award will bring attention to some of the other great things that are happening in New Castle, Pennsylvania.” Mary Burris of the Lawrence County Conservation District both nominated and told Rice he had won the award at the same time.