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[1THING] Blog: Archive for September, 2017

[ A breakthrough for mobile air quality data – and 3 deceptively tough challenges that paved the way ]

With these groundbreaking insights, we can scale up mobile sensing technology to track and map pollutants in cities everywhere.


[ Keep PA Beautiful Invites Schools To Participate In Litter Free School Zone Program ]

garbageKeep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites schools in Pennsylvania to participate in the Litter Free School Zone Program, a comprehensive program that encourages young people to play an active role in protecting and improving our environment through recycling, litter awareness, and community stewardship.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful provides a sign recognizing the participating school as a Litter Free School Zone. The school, in turn, organizes two cleanup or beautification events per year.

There are currently over seventy schools that participate in the program. All schools are welcome – elementary through high school.

Find out more about the Litter Free School Zone Program here.


[ How a tech startup and nimble non-profit exposed toxic releases during the Houston flood ]

As federal and state agencies failed to monitor air pollution after Hurricane Harvey, we measured and mapped a leaking carcinogen in real time.


[ Interior Department celebrates sage grouse anniversary with changes to plans ]

To celebrate the two-year anniversary of the sage grouse conservation plans – the largest landscape-level conservation effort ever undertaken that involved years of collaboration and hard work by 11 western states and their governors, multiple federal agencies and stakeholders throughout t



[ Stroud Water Research Center Seeking Activity Patch Designs For Boy, Girl Scouts And Youth Programs ]

StroudPatchThe Stroud Water Research Center’s Education Department is now accepting proposed designs for an activity patch to be given to Boy and Girl Scouts and to others participating in the Center’s youth education programs. The deadline for entries is September 30.

As a starting point in the creative process, contestants should review the mission and education programs offered by the Stroud Center.

Hand-drawn sketches, computer generated designs, and other types of artwork for the patch are accepted. Be creative and consider patch shape and multiple colors.

The Grand Prize Winner receives a daypack, a free hands-on program at Stroud Center in Chester County for their troop or group, and the artist will be credited with the design on our website and social media.

Top three designs will receive a daypack full of fun materials from the Stroud Center. Winners will be announced mid-October.

Click Here for all the details.

Submissions should be emailed to education specialist Jen Totora at: jtotora@stroudcenter.org. Include your name, age, address, and troop or other youth organization in your email submission.


[ New report shines spotlight on important wild lands that must be protected ]

Sarah Graddy

A new report released today by The Wilderness Society raises the alarm about wild lands threatened by extractive industries eager to exploit the resources on or underneath them, including oil, gas and coal.


[ The list is out: Trump administration wants to gut protections for these public lands ]

We finally have a list of some of the places where the Trump administration will move to roll back protections under its “review” of wildlands and cultural sites protected by the Antiquities Act. 


[ Petition to Interior Department: Public lands deserve more than just drilling ]

The Wilderness Society joined with other stakeholders on September 14 to file a petition requesting the Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management update how they manage oil and gas leasing on public lands.



[ Pollution Prevention Week 2017: September 18 – 24 ]

Pollution Prevention Week is here!

Pollution prevention means reducing or eliminating sources of pollution to prevent damage to the environment while also eliminating the need for costly controls and cleanup.

Pollution Prevention is the key to saving our planet’s resources and moving toward sustainability.

Whatever type of waste you generate, it is costing you money! By consuming and throwing away less, you will reduce the need to handle, treat, and dispose of waste.

Find out what you can do to eliminate waste and more about Pollution Prevention Week here.


[ Secretary Zinke recommends gutting natural wonders ]

Kate Mackay

Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, responded to reporting by the Wall Street Journal and