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Greater Pittston Cultural Coalition hosts its annual River Fest celebrating the skilled crafts that reflect our heritage and our history.

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The Sea Turtle Conservancy, the world’s oldest sea turtle research and conservation group, has been instrumental in saving the Caribbean green sea turtle from immediate extinction as well as raising awareness and protection for sea turtles across the globe.

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[ National Pollution Prevention Week ]

National Pollution Prevention Week 2014 is September 15th-21st

The best way to protect the Earth and its people is to stop creating pollution in the first place – that realization became America’s official policy in 1990 with the federal Pollution Prevention Act’s declaration that “pollution should be prevented or reduced at the source whenever feasible.”

Pollution Prevention (P2) Week highlights the efforts of the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA), its partners, and the public in making pollution prevention a cornerstone of sustainability. Let’s all do our part to prevent pollution and build a healthier and more sustainable future for our children and the planet.…

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[ DEP Reminds Citizens of Important Autumn Advisories ]

leavesAutumn is less than a month away and DEP would like to remind citizens about important precautions to take as they are closing their pools and filling their home heating oil tanks. Pool wastewater, if not disposed of properly, can contaminate local waterways, while poorly maintained home heating oil tanks can leak.

When chlorinated water is drained from a swimming pool into a storm sewer, it can quickly make its way to a stream or other body of water, where aquatic life can be damaged or killed.…

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[ Toxic Chemicals in Your Home? ]

Did you know that there is a vast array of nasty toxic chemicals in your home right now?

In a ground-breaking initiative to uncover the truth about toxic chemicals in common household products, the Environmental Working Group has unearthed compelling evidence that hundreds of cleaners, even some of those hyped as “green” or “natural,” can inflict serious harm on unwary users.  Many present severe risks to children who may ingest or spill them or breathe their fumes.

Visit the EWG website here to check out the Cleaners Hall of Shame so you can begin the process of purging your home of these harmful cleaners.…

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[ How to Make Your Tech Green ]


I was recently contacted by Lisa from SingleHop, a company specializing in cloud hosting technology.  She notified me about a recent post on the SingleHop blog regarding ways to be greener with tech consumption.

I try to do what I can for the environment.  I recycle.  I use reusable bags.  I buy organic fruit and veggies.   But, I never really thought about being ‘green’ with my tech: things like e-mail, social media, and data storage.  It’s all just a bunch of 0′s and 1′s out in the ether(net), so how much could it really affect the environment? …

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[ Helping the Planet, Pint by Pint ]

What makes these beers taste so good?  It could be the knowledge that drinking a local brew is a whopping 300 percent better for the planet than chugging a far-flung brand. These five easy-on-the-earth microbrews were winners at this year’s Good Food Awards.  Visit the Sierra Club to see if your favorite beer made the list.

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[ Buying a new ‘fridge? ]

Starting in September 2014, Energy Star-certified refrigerators and freezers will use at least 10 percent less energy than other models meeting 2014 federal minimum efficiency standards. Also, some models will offer “connected” features that can provide consumers with new ways to save energy such as viewing real-time energy use.  Get more info here.…

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[ Kellogg Sets Bold Sustainability Goals for 2020 ]

Fans of Frosted Flakes and Eggo, two Kellogg Co. brands, who are also champions of sustainability have something to cheer about: Kellogg announced new social and environmental commitments earlier this month.

Among other things, the company committed to responsibly source its top 10 ingredients and materials by 2020. The 10 ingredients include corn, wheat, rice, oats, potatoes, sugar (beets and cane), cocoa, palm oil, fruits and honey. A combination of certification and documented continuous improvement will be used. In addition, Kellogg will validate compliance across all of its direct suppliers by 2015.…

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[ ExxonMobil Pipeline Company to Pay Civil Penalty Under Proposed Settlement for Torbert, Louisiana Oil Spill ]

Settlement Resolves Clean Water Act Violation Stemming from 2012 Spill

ExxonMobil Pipeline Company (ExxonMobil) has agreed to pay a civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 crude oil spill from ExxonMobil’s “North Line” pipeline near Torbert, Louisiana, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today.  Under the consent decree lodged today in federal court, ExxonMobil will pay $1,437,120 to resolve the government’s claim.

The United States’ complaint, which was also filed today in the U.S.…

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[ 13 Foods You Should Always Buy Organic ]

POTATOES Potatoes often retain pesticides even after they are washed and peeled. Almost 80 percent of potatoes contain pesticides.

BABY FOOD Babies are the most vulnerable to pesticides, and they eat a lot of this.

PEANUT BUTTER Non-organic peanut butters are high in pesticides and fungus and contain aflatoxin, a potential carcinogen.

MILK Dairy cows are routinely fed hormones, antibiotics, and pesticide-covered grains, all of which can end up in your milk. The higher the fat level of the milk, the higher the level of pesticides.…

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[ 6,500 Tickets Sold For Pipeline Opposition Concert ]

Organizers say nearly all the $50 tickets for a Willie Nelson and Neil Young concert organized by opponents of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline have been sold.

The group Bold Nebraska said in a statement Thursday more than 6,500 of the 7,000 tickets for the Sept. 27 concert had been sold since Wednesday.

The TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline would carry oil from Canada south to the Gulf Coast. The concert will be held on a farm near Neligh that’s in the proposed path.

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[ Under Attack? Climate Change Raises PA’s Pesky Insect Population ]

Many forms of wildlife in Pennsylvania, from trees and plants to fish, have suffered the dangerous effects of climate change, but insects are thriving in the state’s warmer climate, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation.

The evidence is clear, said Ed Perry, Pennsylvania outreach coordinator for the federation’s Global Warming Campaign. He pointed to the Asian tiger mosquito, which first surfaced in Texas in the mid 1980s and now calls parts of south-central Pennsylvania home – bringing with it an arsenal of harmful diseases.…

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[ America’s Greenest Colleges: The Top 10 ]

collegeFor eight years running, Sierra magazine has ranked and reported on America’s greenest universities. They recently published their 2014 rankings, so find out how your alma mater fared. Check out the top 10, then view the full list of 173 schools, each of which filled out an extensive survey about their sustainability practices to even be considered. Did your school make the top 10 list?

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[ Vertical Farming Taking Root in Pennsylvania ]

In a sprawling, formerly abandoned warehouse near Scranton, the proof is in the produce as a vertical farming operation has reaped its first harvest.

Miennsota-based Green Spirit Farms is using the Scranton-area site to grow high-quality, pesticide-free, non-GMO fruits and vegetables. Green Spirit president Milan Kluko says vertical farming uses huge shelves, or palate racks, and can grow produce on multiple levels.

“It’s nine feet across by four feet deep, so that’s 36 square feet. At 36 square feet we can grow 1,016 heads of lettuce, or we can plant 1,016 basil plants,” explains Kluko.…

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[ Sun Not Setting on Solar in PA ]

The year 2013 was one of sizeble growth for solar power in Pennsylvania.

According to a new report from the group PennEnvironment, the state’s solar capacity grew 16 percent last year, as the nation saw solar projects triple since 2011. PennEnvironment field director Adam Garber said states that are taking the most advantage of the sun as a power source have some things in common.

“The top 10 states – and sadly, Pennsylvania wasn’t one of them – are using policies to make it easier for people to set solar up, to incentivize the building of solar facilities and all that, to drive solar forward in their states,” he said.…

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[ August is Tree Check Month ]

You’ve probably already heard about the Asian longhorned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis) — or ALB for short — and its impact on the nation’s trees.tree check

Since its discovery in the U.S. in 1996, the ALB has led to the loss of nearly 130,000 trees, and the federal government has spent more than $500 million on control efforts. The insect has no known natural predators in the U.S. It bores through the tissues that carry water and nutrients throughout the tree, starving and weakening the tree until it dies.…

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[ Celebrate Bees on National Honey Bee Day ]

BEEThis Saturday is National Honey Bee Day.  It was a day started by grassroots minded beekeepers to build community awareness of the bee industry, through education and promotion. 

Find out all about National Honey Bee Day here.

Download the BeeSmart app, your comprehensive guide to selecting plants for pollinators specific to your area.

Want to know what you can do to support, help, and save the honey bee?  Find out here.

Check out what Burt’s Bees is doing and why they are Wild For Bees.…

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[ Be Green Cool at School ]

Heading off to college this fall?  Want to know the best thing you can do for the earth once you’re there?  Ted in St. Louis recently asked the Sierra Club’s Mr. Green that very question.  You can click here to view his answer.  Hint:  It’s all about your vehicle!…

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[ Celebrate Big Cats on World Lion Day ]

Cause an Uproar with the Big Cats Initiative and celebrate World Lion Day on August 10.lion

Images of lions are everywhere. From the iconic statues on the steps of the New York Public Library, to your favorite team mascot, to movies and Broadway musicals, lions are cultural icons. The list of lions in public spaces, artwork and the media is endless, all tributes to the magnificent and fearless “King of the Jungle.”

But did you know there are more lion statues and images than actual wild lions roaming across Africa?…

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[ August is National Water Quality Month ]

Water sustains all life. Entire ecosystems depend on it for their survival.

The United Nations has declared 2005-2015 an International Decade for Action “Water for Life” in order to emphasize the importance of water quality as it relates to sanitation, human rights, geography, urbanization and sustainability.

It has identified eutrophication, or the incidence of high-nutrient concentrations – phosphorus and nitrogen – as the most widespread water quality problem globally. The way people manage wastewater from cities, farms and industrial sites contributes to this phenomenon, which contributes to water pollution everywhere.…

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[ Keep Microbeads Out of Our Waterways ]

Thanks to new laws, exfoliating microbeads—tiny grains of plastic in soaps and toothpaste that can’t be screened out of wastewater, and now pollute lakes and rivers—are on their way out, but maybe not soon enough for waterways throughout the continent.

Most water treatment plants in the country aren’t equipped to filter out objects at the tiny scale of plastic microbeads. For years, that exfoliating plastic grit from face and body soaps, toothpastes, and more flowed down the drain, right through treatment plants and into lakes, rivers and bays.…

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[ Governor Corbett Signs Historic Chesapeake Bay Agreement ]

CBFGovernor Tom Corbett joined executives from Delaware, Maryland, New York, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to sign the latest iteration of the Chesapeake Bay Agreement.

Goals in the agreement address the following: sustainable fisheries, vital habitats, water quality, toxic contaminants, healthy watersheds, stewardship, land conservation, public access, environmental literacy and resiliency of the bay ecosystem.

Since 1985, Pennsylvania has directed more than $3.9 billion by way of grants, loans and program investments toward Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts and has continued to see a downward trend for all three pollutants of concern: phosphorous, nitrogen and sediment.…

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If you’re visiting this website, you most likely know what GMOs are, but most people actually know little about them! Genetically engineered foods are unlabeled, unregulated, and are in most processed foods.gmoomg

A new film called GMO OMG dives deep into investigating genetically engineered foods from a family’s perspective, and exposing some of the companies like Monsanto and others that have been behind these questionable technologies.

Here’s a description of the film from Amazon.com:

Who controls the future of your food?

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[ Wilderness Week success: House passes Nevada lands bill ]

This is encouraging news, especially given that the bill, the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act (H.R. 5205), advanced in the midst of Wilderness Week, a national event sponsored by The Wilderness Society and partner groups to bring Americans to D.C.


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[ New Standard Aims to Certify “Responsible” Oil Sites ]

In the Orinoquia region of Colombia, two oil fields run by Toronto-based Pacific Rubiales Energy last week became the first to be certified as “socially and environmentally responsible,” according to a new standard. The two sites produce approximately 250,000 barrels per day, or 25 percent of Colombia’s total output.

That oil is being produced amid a complex web of natural resources, ecosystems, and indigenous communities in this region of the Amazon. That’s why the company Equitable Origin set out to create a standard that would define and reward best practices in oil and gas production, much in the way that the LEED standard has pushed efficiency and conservation measures in public buildings.…

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[ Wilderness Week brings opportunity to salute 50th, lobby Congress to uphold conservation legacy ]

Wilderness Week serves as an opportunity to salute the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act in the most appropriate way: by asking Congress to w


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[ Outdoors Alliance for Kids to Congress: help get kids outdoors! ]

While spending time outdoors is important to the health of both adults and children, technology is leading us to spend more time indoors.


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[ Photos: happy 50th to gorgeous Canyonlands National Park ]

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