Thursday, April 20, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Go To The Movies And Help Protect Animals
Through the release of its new film Born in China this Friday, April 21, Disneynature takes audiences on a journey into the wilds of China. Moviegoers who see Born in China in U.S. theaters opening week (April 21-27) will help support the World Wildlife Fund’s work in the region. For every ticket sold opening week in participating markets, Disneynature will make a donation to the World Wildlife Fund.
Learn more about WWF’s conservation efforts.…
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Ways to Celebrate Earth Day This Saturday
In honor of Earth Day on Saturday, check out these eco-friendly tips to help you take care of our planet…
Click here to see the many Earth Day events going on in Northeastern Pa.
Get outside on Saturday and celebrate our planet!
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on A Billboard That Purifies The Air Around It
Billboards don’t really do anything — except for Toyota’s new Mirai billboards, which are actually engineered to clean the air around them.
Now thru May 28, Toyota will put up 37 billboards around Los Angeles and San Francisco, touting the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. In order to reinforce how clean a hydrogen-powered electric car can be, the billboards are built to scrub pollution from the air.
Get the full story from Roadshow by CNET here.…
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Lick This Lollipop and Then Plant It
These lollipops grow into plants after you’re done eating them.
Check out the video here.…
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | By Tracy | Comments Off on Pinchot State Forest Earth Day Tree Planting April 21-22 In Luzerne County
The PA Environmental Council, Keep PA Beautiful and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources are partnering to hold an Earth Day Tree Planting on April 21-22 in Pinchot State Forest on Avondale Hill Road, Plymouth Township in Luzerne County.
The goal is to plant over 7,000 seedlings in an open field to help create 10 acres of new forest.
Boots or sturdy shoes are required. Supplies and food will be provided. Planting will take place from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.…
Friday, April 14, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Report: Finding, Fixing Gas Leaks a Win-Win-Win
Finding and fixing natural-gas leaks creates jobs, grows business and helps the environment, according to a new report.
Leak detection and repair, or L-DAR, is a growing industry, with at least 60 L-DAR companies providing services to oil and gas producers in 45 states. More than half are considered small businesses and 37 percent were founded within the past six years. Andrew Williams, senior state regulatory and legislative affairs manager for the Environmental Defense Fund, which commissioned the report, pointed out that 38 of those companies are operating in Pennsylvania.…
Friday, April 14, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on How Energy Efficient Are Baseball Stadiums?
As Americans “root, root, root for the home team”, they might be too focused on the games to notice that their stadium is more efficient than it used to be. Professional ballparks average 1 million square feet and together host more than 73 million Americans each year – which means there are a lot of opportunities for improvements that enhance visitor experience, save stadium owners and operators money, and reduce energy and water use.
Taking the Field, a recent report funded by the U.S.…
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Feed Your Entire Neighborhood With The Growroom
Meet the latest project to come out of the Ikea Lab — it’s called The Growroom, and it’s described as “a spherical garden [that] empowers people to grow their own food much more locally in a beautiful and sustainable way.”
The Growroom is meant to be used as a neighborhood garden, Space10 explains in a Medium post, noting that the 2.8 x 2.5-meter enclosure has but a small spatial footprint, allowing gardeners to grow their crops vertically. “It is designed to support our everyday sense of well being in the cities by creating a small oasis or ‘pause’-architecture in our high-paced societal scenery, and enables people to connect with nature as we smell and taste the abundance of herbs and plants,” Space10 wrote.…
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Reebok’s New Sustainable Sneaker
There’s a rush right now for clothing companies—especially those in the outdoor and athletic spaces—to find renewable materials for their wares. Reebok has chosen corn as its preferred sustainable building block for use in an upcoming sneaker, which is part of its Corn + Cotton initiative.
The shoe’s upper will be made from organic cotton, which isn’t out of the ordinary for a casual sneaker, like the Reebok Classic, after which the new corn-based shoe is styled. And while shoe soles are typically made of materials derived from petroleum, in this case the more sustainable commodity of corn will be doing the job.…
Monday, April 10, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Eco-Friendly Beer
Did you miss National Beer Day on April 7th?
Don’t worry, the Sierra Club has you covered with some eco-friendly beers from sustainability-minded American brewing companies:
Full Sail Brewing Company’s Amber Ale is making headlines for its malty flavor and for its commitment to sustainable brewing techniques. The sweet ale was recently awarded a silver medal for best Amber Pale Ale at the 2015 U.S. World Beer Awards. Better still, the Oregon-based brewery manages to produce award-winning brews while consuming less than three gallons of water per gallon of beer produced (the average brewery uses six to eight gallons of water) and runs a water conservation program that benefits the entire Hood River community.…
Friday, April 7, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Rolling Back Climate-Change Initiatives: A Threat to National Security?
National security experts say President Trump’s actions to roll back or eliminate programs to slow global climate change will put the country in danger.
According to retired Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney, chief executive of the American Security Project, climate change already is destabilizing volatile regions such as the Middle East and threatening U.S. military bases as sea levels rise. He said the president’s statement that the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan would do irreparable harm to the nation simply is not true.…
Thursday, April 6, 2017 | By Tracy | Comments Off on Allegheny River is 2017 River of the Year
Among the most biologically diverse watersheds in Pennsylvania, and a federally designated National Wild and Scenic Recreation River, the Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania has been voted the 2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year.
The general public was invited to vote online Nov. 14-Dec.19, choosing from among four waterways nominated across the state. Results were announced jointly by the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Pennsylvania Organization for Waterways and Rivers (POWR).
Waterways nominated were: Allegheny River (Middle and Upper), and Brandywine, Loyalhanna and Perkiomen creeks.…
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Fee Free Days-National Park Week
The annual National Park Week celebration is approaching! Have you marked the dates in your calendar yet? From April 15 through April 23, park lovers across the country will commemorate the over 400 astounding sites we call our national parks.
The next set of fee-free days fall on the weekends of National Park Week: April 15-16 and April 22-23. Make plans to get out and enjoy the rich cultural, historical, and natural places preserved for this and future generations!…
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Less Beef, Less Carbon
Between 2005 and 2014, Americans reduced their beef consumption by 19 percent. Together with other dietary changes, this led to a 10 percent reduction in diet-related carbon pollution, the equivalent of taking 57 million cars off the streets.
Despite a drop in consumption, beef still contributes more climate-warming pollution than any other food in the American diet. In fact, it comprised approximately 34 percent of total diet related per capita climate-warming pollution in 2014, the last year for which data is available.…
Friday, March 31, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Students Sought For Keep America Beautiful’s Youth Advisory Council
Keep America Beautiful is accepting applications for the 2017-18 National Youth Advisory Council which provides an opportunity for 10 high school students to participate in a service learning and leadership development program.
The YAC members will assess Keep America Beautiful programs, implement local service projects, and act as ambassadors and leaders for youth service in their respective communities and states.
Applications will be accepted through May 5. Applications must be submitted online. Selected council members will attend the 2018 Keep America Beautiful National Conference.…
Friday, March 31, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Sea Ice Drops to Its Lowest Recorded Level
In the winter of 2016-2017, sea ice in the Arctic dropped to its lowest level on record.
The extent of ice cover — a record low for the third straight year — is another indicator of the effects of global warming on the Arctic, a region that is among the hardest hit by climate change, scientists said.
Read the full story from the New York Times here.…
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Biodegradable Plastics?
Plastics are everywhere. They make up grocery bags, shampoo bottles, furniture, and even the microbeads in some toothpastes and face washes. Unfortunately, when these products become trash, they persist in landfills, oceans, and other places where oil-based plastics can do more harm than good.
But what if there was a plastic that came from renewable resources? And what if once you were done using it, the plastic material was absorbed naturally by the environment?
Meet Mango Materials.
This bioenergy startup based in Berkeley, California has a new way of producing plastics—one that makes the common material biodegradable and petroleum-free
Get the full story from the U.S.…
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | By Tracy | Comments Off on Lacawac Sanctuary Invites Students 13-16 To Apply For Summer Conservation Academy
Youth interested in pursuing environmental careers are invited to apply by April 28 for the Lacawac Sanctuary Conservation Leadership Academy.
The Conservation Leadership Academy is a weeklong residential camp for high school students ages 13-16 filled with fun, adventure and hands-on learning. Participants will be immersed in STEM and environmental education activities at the beautiful and historic Lacawac Sanctuary and Field Station.
Participants will experience science and hands on programs along-side local conservation professionals and resident university researchers. Field trips include a day kayaking the upper Delaware River, sustainable agriculture, forestry, aquatic research, avian ecology and leadership skills!…
Monday, March 27, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Help Set A Guinness World Record
Help Nat Geo Kids and Toyota Highlander set a Guinness World Record!
They’re creating the world’s largest toilet-paper-roll sculpture. It’ll be built in the shape of a rocket! They need about 5,000 toilet-paper-roll tubes to build a rocket sculpture big enough to set the record. So send lots!
Rolls must be received by May 5, 2017.
Follow these rules to help set the record:
- Collect some toilet-paper-roll tubes. They should not have any toilet paper on them.
- The tubes can be any size or brand but must have been used for toilet paper.
Friday, March 24, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Families Demand Cleaner Air for PA
Families and child health advocates were in Harrisburg on Wednesday to oppose legislation they say would end the state’s ability to protect its citizens from pollution.
Senate bill 175 would prohibit the state from passing any regulations on emissions from gas facilities that are more restrictive than federal regulations. But Patrice Tomcik, an organizer with Moms Clean Air Force, said that as the second largest natural gas-producing state, Pennsylvania has thousands of gas wells, pipelines and other facilities polluting the air.…
Thursday, March 23, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Go Green-Scaping
March is when we typically begin to think of springtime – lawns, flowers, and being outdoors. Get ideas and useful tips from the EPA on environmentally friendly practices to improve the health and appearance of your lawn and garden.
– Reducing waste: https://www.epa.gov/recycle/reducing-waste-what-you-can-do
– Pesticide safety: https://www.epa.gov/safepestcontrol…
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 | By Tracy | Comments Off on PA American Water Accepting Protect Our Watersheds Student Art Contest Entries
PA American Water has announced entries are now being accepted for its 15th Annual Protect Our Watersheds Student Art Contest. The deadline is March 31.
All fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students in schools served by Pennsylvania American Water are eligible, as well as individual students who live in the company’s service area.
The contest encourages students to tap into their artistic talents to express the importance of protecting Pennsylvania’s water resources.
Pennsylvania American Water recently sent contest information and applications to teachers in nearly 500 schools in its service territory.…
Friday, March 17, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Mariner East Pipelines Proceed, as Challenges Continue
Environmental groups are going ahead with their challenge to permits for the Mariner East II pipelines, despite the denial of their petition to halt construction. The pipelines, being built by Sunoco, will carry highly flammable, natural-gas liquids at high pressure for 300 miles across 17 Pennsylvania counties.
According to Alex Bomstein, senior litigation attorney with the Clean Air Council, the state Department of Environmental Protection permits were granted while there were still outstanding problems with the applications, including lack of a required analysis of alternative routes.…
Friday, March 17, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Fish Consumption Advice
The EPA and FDA recently issued advice regarding fish consumption. The advice is designed to help pregnant or breastfeeding women make informed choices about fish that are healthy and safe to eat. Learn more about the fish consumption advice at http://go.usa.gov/x9tQq.…
Thursday, March 16, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Get Free Seeds & Help Bees
There’s something serious going on with the world’s bees. Bee populations everywhere have been declining at an alarming rate. People need bees. And now bees need people.
How can you help:
Cheerios is giving away free wildflower seed packets to help you create a bee-friendly habitat in your yard.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | By Sarah Vogel | No Comments
The hypocrisy hasn’t been lost on community activists who fought for years to try protect East Chicago children from lead poisoning.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | By Ben N. Ratner | No Comments
Trump is putting valuable home-grown jobs at risk by rolling back methane reduction policies.