Thursday, June 22, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Deadline Extended For Northeast Environmental Partners Awards
The Northeast Environmental Partners Thursday announced the deadline for nominations for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Environmental Partnership Awards, including the Thomas P. Shelburne Award and the Emerging Environmental Leader Award, has been extended to July 19.
The Awards are open to any group, individual, company, program, or organization whose work has had a positive impact on the environment in Northeastern Pennsylvania’s following counties; Bradford, Carbon, Columbia, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Pike, Schuylkill, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Wayne and Wyoming.
The Northeast Environmental Partners include the Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Department of Environmental Protection, PA Environmental Council’s Northeast Office, PPL Corporation, Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, and Wilkes University.…
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on CBF-PA: No Surprise, Pennsylvania Significantly Off Track In Meeting Chesapeake Bay Milestones
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Wednesday released its assessment of the progress
made implementing Chesapeake Bay Watershed milestone commitments in 2016 and found Maryland and Virginia largely on track to meet commitments for reducing pollution and Pennsylvania falling significantly short in reducing nitrogen pollution.
“While there is significant room for improvement in all the states, it is important to note that reduced pollution is benefitting the Bay. Over time, the dead zone is getting smaller, Bay grasses are at record levels, and oysters are rebounding,” said CBF President William C.…
Tuesday, June 20, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on State Supreme Court Rules Leasing Public Land for Fracking Betrayed Government’s Constitutional Duties
Harrisburg, PA — Today, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled that the state government must act as trustees for public natural resources under the Environmental Rights Amendment. The decision overturns a lower court decision and rules that the state government did not comply with its constitutional duties to Pennsylvanians when it acted to lease public land to oil and gas interests without directing the profits toward conservation efforts, and that future leasing decisions must include an assessment of the public interest.
The ruling comes in response to a case originally filed by the Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation in March 2012 over a series of short-sighted government decisions to address state budget gaps through an unprecedented expansion of the state’s oil and gas leasing program.…
Thursday, June 15, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Sunscreen Safety & A Guide to Natural Sunscreens
If you’re going to be in the sun for an extended amount of time, you need to protect your skin. Wearing clothing that covers your body including hats, pants, and shirts, reduces burn risk by 27%. Using sunglasses shields your eyes from UV rays. But, what about the sunscreen?
If you’re looking for a natural sunscreen, Green Beauty Team recently posted a comprehensive guide to natural sunscreens. The recommendations range in price, starting at $10. Find the guide here.
And, the Environmental Working Group recently published their 11th Annual Guide to Sunscreens. …
Wednesday, June 14, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on PA’s State Budget – Will the Environment and Conservation be Dissed Again?
The PA Environmental Council Wednesday posted a statement on this year’s state budget deliberations and chronically inadequate funding for environmental and conservation programs–
June is budget month in Harrisburg, and that means a year’s worth of fiscal numbers and news come to a head through many different moving parts. While 2017 is a different year, we are again faced with daunting numbers and the outlook remains grim for environmental spending.
The backstory to this is more than a decade of cuts to conservation and environmental programs in Pennsylvania, drastic proposed cuts at the federal level, and a $2.8 billion state budget deficit.…
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Recycling Means Green for Pennsylvania Communities and Thousands of Workers
DEP Encourages Legislature to Maintain Landmark Recycling Law
Harrisburg, PA – In testimony today, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) officials urged the Joint Legislative Conservation Committee to permanently reauthorize a crucial component of the landmark Act 101 of 1988 that established Pennsylvania’s recycling program.
A $2.00 per ton fee on non-recycled trash is set to expire January 1, 2020, and would affect grants for local municipality recycling collection programs, as well as other recycling services if it is not extended.
Monday, June 12, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Top 10 Foods That Are The Most Climate-Damaging
The study analyzed 197 foods — tracked by USDA’s Economic Research Service — and tallied their cumulative climate-warming pollution from 2005 to 2014.
The most surprising entry on the list is a vegetable. …
Friday, June 9, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on PA State Senate Gives Coal Mine Green Light to Damage Streams
The state Senate this week passed a bill that would allow a mining company to knowingly damage streams. Senate Bill 624 creates an exemption to an 80-year-old law protecting streams and water supplies. Environmental groups vigorously opposed the bill.
According to Joanne Kilgour, the state director of Sierra Club’s Pennsylvania Chapter, SB 624 would apply retroactively to pending litigation in the Environmental Hearings Board over a permit for longwall coal mining that would destroy streams in Ryerson Station State Park.
“It would also create what we think would amount to an unconstitutional special law, carving out an exemption to the Clean Streams Law just for the underground mining industry,” she says.…
Thursday, June 8, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Keep PA Beautiful Accepting Applications For Fresh Paint Days Grants To Beautify Communities
Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania is designed to provide community groups with paint and painting supplies enabling them to renew a community structure in need into something beautiful through the application of fresh paint and a lot of elbow grease.
This program is a partnership with BEHR paint and The Home Depot.
The Fresh Paint Days Pennsylvania will take place in September. …
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Tour A Rare Regal Fritillary Butterfly Habitat
This June and July, visitors are invited to come see the only population of rare regal fritillary butterflies in the eastern United States at Fort Indiantown Gap, near Annville, Lebanon County.
The free guided tours will depart promptly via caravan (convoy) at 10 a.m. on June 30, July 1, 7, and 8.
Those wishing to participate must arrive at least 30 minutes prior (9:30 a.m.) to the departure time to park, fill out necessary paperwork, attend a mandatory safety/orientation briefing and receive driving instructions.…
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on PA Businesses Condemn Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord
Some Pennsylvania business owners say President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement to combat global climate change will damage, not help, the U.S. economy. Trump said the Paris accord would drain billions from the U.S. economy and cost American jobs.
But according to James Spencer, president and chief executive of Everpower, a Pittsburgh-based onshore wind-energy development company, renewable energy, not fossil fuels such as coal, is where current and future economic growth and jobs will be found.
“Job growth in the renewable-energy sector is at least a multiple of five times greater than annual job growth in the United States,” he says.…
Tuesday, June 6, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Greening-Up a High Performance Sports Car
Future automotive engineers are applying the latest cutting-edge technologies to a high performance sports vehicle, showing American consumers that they don’t have to sacrifice performance for a fuel-efficient car.
The EcoCAR 3 Year 3 competition recently wrapped up with 16 student teams bringing the vehicles they’ve built over the past 3 years to Washington, D.C. Each team was tasked with redesigning a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro that maintains or exceeds the stock vehicle specifications, while still appealing to consumers.
Read the full story from the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy here.…
Monday, June 5, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Over Two Hundred Kick Off Planning to Reduce Water Pollution in Pennsylvania’s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Counties
More than 200 Pennsylvanians representing local governments, the farming community, and other stakeholders gathered today to share ideas for a plan to best achieve federally mandated water pollution reductions in the state’s 43 counties in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and improve the environment and economy for all.
The Departments of Environmental Protection, Agriculture, and Conservation and Natural Resources are partnering in leading the charge.
“Clean water is essential to Pennsylvanians’ quality of life,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “We want vital communities.…
Monday, June 5, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on June is Mosquito Control Month
It’s Mosquito Control Month. Take the time to learn ways to control mosquitos. For example, draining water where mosquitos breed, or using pesticides safely.
Find out more at https://www.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol.…
Friday, June 2, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Clean-Energy Advocates: “No Three Mile Island Bailout”
Without a state bailout, the Three Mile Island Nuclear power plant could close in 2019 – and clean-power advocates say closing it may be the best option.
Cheap natural gas, declining demand and the growth of renewables have driven electricity prices down, and Exelon, the company that owns Three Mile Island, has said the plant has lost money for more than five years. However, according to Tim Judson, executive director of the Nuclear Information and Resource Service, the substantial cost of subsidizing the plant would be borne by consumers – and there are better ways for the state to invest its energy dollars.…
Thursday, June 1, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Take The Plastics Challenge
The Wildlife Conservation Society is asking everyone to take the plastics challenge. What exactly is the Plastics Challenge?
It’s pretty easy to do (you may even be doing some of it already). Over four weeks, you’ll count how many times you:
- Choose reusable shopping bags.
- Fill up and reuse your water bottle.
- Pass on a plastic straw and drink directly from the cup.
If everyone takes some simple steps together, we can cut back on how much reaches the water.
For sea turtles, as well as birds, sea lions, fish, and others in our waters, plastic pollution is a major problem.…
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Receives Highest Charity Navigator Rating For 3rd Year
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
in Berks County recently earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator
, America’s largest independent charity monitor. This is the third consecutive year that the organization holds the highest possible rating.
The Sanctuary received this top distinction due to its impressive financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency. Hawk Mountain received an overall score of 92.24, with a perfect score in Accountability and Transparency.
These metrics show that the organization is focused on ethical practices and a solid relationship with its donors and supporters.…
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on PUC Alerts Consumers Of June 1 Price Changes For Electric, Urges Customers To Shop For Better Rates
Public Utility Commission Wednesday alerted consumers that on June 1
most electric utilities will adjust electric generation prices charged to non-shopping, or default service, customers.
“The upcoming price changes, combined with the increase use of electricity that we typically see during the long, hot days of summer, makes this a very good time for consumers to evaluate their energy options,” said PUC Chairman Gladys M. Brown
. “We encourage consumers to carefully review their electric bills, understand the rates they will be paying and explore the PUC’s official electric shopping website, PAPowerSwitch.com
, for details on competitive offers, along with tips for energy conservation and savings.”
Read the full story on the Pa Environment Daily Blog here
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on EPA Brownfields Cleanup Funding Announced for Earth Conservancy
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency selected 172 communities and organizations across the country including Earth Conservancy in Ashley, Pa., which will receive funding for brownfields site revitalization to help local governments redevelop vacant and unused properties, transforming communities and local economies.
“EPA is committed to working with communities to redevelop Brownfields sites which have plagued their neighborhoods. EPA’s Assessment and Cleanup grants target communities that are economically disadvantaged and include places where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.…
Friday, May 26, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on PA Township Takes On Climate Change
It takes a village to save the planet. That’s the message one Pennsylvania township is hoping to send with its resolution on climate change.
Through his work at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, Peter Buckland became keenly aware of the impacts of climate change that already are being felt around the world, as well as here in Pennsylvania. In his role as a supervisor in Ferguson Township, he has introduced a resolution which, if adopted, would require the township to develop a strategy for achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.…
Friday, May 26, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Environmentalists Tell Legislators: Protect Our Streams
Environmental advocates want state lawmakers to reject a bill they say would create a loophole in Pennsylvania’s Clean Streams Law.
Senate Bill 624 would let the coal industry sidestep existing laws prohibiting projects that cause damage to streams by promising to fix them later. According to Veronica Coptis, director of the Center for Coalfield Justice, the legislation specifically targets plans to dig long-wall coal mines underneath two streams that flow into Ryerson State Park.
“We’ve seen streams in this same watershed go completely dry, and 12 years later have still not been restored,” Coptis said.…
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Keep PA Beautiful: Benches Made From Plastic Bags Donated By Giant & Martin’s Food Stores In 15 Counties
In recognition of Earth Day, GIANT and MARTIN’s Food Stores donated 25 benches made from recycled plastic bags to schools in 15 counties participating in Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Litter Free School Zone Program.
Participating schools within the GIANT and MARTIN’S Food Markets region were eligible to receive a bench. The benches were placed on school grounds across the state as part of campus restorations and playground enhancements as part of GIANT’S ongoing Bags to Benches initiative.
The following Litter Free School Zone schools received a recycled content bench–
— Berks County: Muhlenberg Elementary Center, Laureldale;
— Cambria County: Blacklick Valley Jr/Sr High School, Nanty Glo;
— Centre County: Young Scholars of Central PA, State College;
— Chester County: Avon Grove Charter School, Avon Grove;
— Dauphin County: Lancaster Mennonite School – Hershey Campus;
— Huntingdon County: Stone Valley Charter School, Huntingdon;
— Lackawanna County: Valley View High School, Archbald;
— Lancaster County: Fritz Elementary School, Lancaster;
— Luzerne County: Heights-Murray Elementary School, Wilkes-Barre;
— Lycoming County: Hughesville High School, Hughesville;
— Monroe County: Tobyhanna Elementary School, Pocono Pines;
— Philadelphia County: Lindley Academy Charter School, New Foundations Charter School;
— Wayne County: EverGreen Elementary School, Lake Ariel;
— Westmoreland County: Rostraver Elementary School, Belle Vernon; and
— York County: Dillsburg Elementary School, Dillsburg, Wellsville Elementary School, Wellsville.…
Friday, June 23, 2017 | By The Wilderness Society | No Comments
Sample Letter to IRS Administrator
Thursday, June 22, 2017 | By Martha Roberts | No Comments
Pruitt has ended the important transparency practice of sharing senior policy leaders’ schedules, a practice which has a long bipartisan history at EPA.
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Recycled Toyota Car Batteries Power Yellowstone National Park
How can a car company recycle and repurpose car batteries to power a national park? Ask David Absher of Toyota Motor North American Environmental Sustainability who shared his renewable energy case study on the panel “How the Impact of our Energy Usage Can Save Humanity” during the first-ever EMA IMPACT Summit. David explained how Toyota in partnership with Indy Power Systems installed recycled hybrid batteries at Yellowstone National Park that collect and store energy from solar panels.
View article from the Environmental Media Association.…