Thursday, September 21, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Keep PA Beautiful Invites Schools To Participate In Litter Free School Zone Program
Keep 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.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 | By Tracy | Comments Off on Stroud Water Research Center Seeking Activity Patch Designs For Boy, Girl Scouts And Youth Programs
The 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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, age, address, and troop or other youth organization in your email submission.
Monday, September 18, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on 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.
Friday, September 15, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Tree Planting in Lackawanna County
For their 2017 Make A Difference Day project, Entercom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton(parent company of Northeastern Pennsylvania[1THING]) assisted several local organizations planting trees on Wednesday.
Entercom Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, The Lackawanna River Conservation Association, Trout Unlimited, the Lackawanna County Conservation District and others planted trees at Sweeney’s Beach in Scranton and at Leggetts Creek in South Abington Township.
Approximately 40 trees were planted in 2 different locations.
P-P-L Electric Utilities provided trees on Wednesday as part of it’s “Community Roots” initiative.
The “Community Roots Program” aims to provide free trees to counties and municipalities. Some of fourth grade class rooms also received trees.
The program will be accepting orders for spring 2018 and fall 2018 planting at www.pplcommunityroots.com.
Check out the video from Pa Home Page here.
Friday, September 15, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Which Football Team’s Stadium Uses the Least Amount of Energy
Many NFL stadiums are scoring big on energy savings and tackling waste at the same time—adding even more value to the game day experience:
“These iconic stadiums are using the most innovative technologies and strategies today to save energy and water,” said Jason Hartke of the Building Technologies Office, who spearheaded a recent U.S. Department of Energy report examining how sports teams and venues can save energy. “They’re not just demonstrating great leadership in efficiency, they’re spreading the word to millions of people across the country.”
NFL stadiums are some of the largest sport venues in America. Many of them are more than one million square feet and are in the top 0.1%, by size, of all U.S. commercial buildings. This means they require large amounts of operating energy—but also provide plenty of opportunities for savings.
Find out here how five teams, including Pennsylvania’s own Philadelphia Eagles, are tackling energy.
Friday, September 15, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Fracking Resolution Called “Double Crossing the Delaware”
Conservationists say a resolution passed Wednesday by the Delaware River Basin Commission makes no sense.
The DRBC adopted a resolution calling for a ban of fracking for natural gas within the Delaware watershed, giving environmental groups a solid victory. But according to Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper, the resolution also starts the process of formulating rules to allow clean water to be taken from the river basin for fracking elsewhere, and the return of fracking waste to the area.
“So it’s a loss of water for us, and it’s an encouragement and support of drilling and fracking in other communities,” van Rossum said; “which simply is not acceptable.”
The Commission said the resolution simply starts the process of developing rules for water extraction and waste disposal, and there will be ample opportunity for public comment.
But Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, said allowing extraction and disposal would be giving the drilling companies the water they need, while potentially leaving those who depend on the Delaware with a superfund site.
“By bringing in fracking waste for processing, storage and discharge, there could be a spill or an accident,” Tittel said. “Or we could have a flood and stuff ends up in the river, killing fish and poisoning our water.”
In a statement to the DRBC meeting in Newtown, Tittel said, “this area is where Washington crossed the Delaware. Commissioners don’t double cross the Delaware.”
Draft rules for water extraction and waste disposal are to be released by November 30, followed by a six-month public comment period.
Van Rossum said the message they want the commission to hear is simple and clear.
“We expect every watershed governor and even the representative for the president to vote for a permanent, total ban on drilling and fracking operations in the watershed, and every aspect of what that means,” she said.
The Delaware River Basin serves as the source of drinking water for 17 million people.
-Andrea Sears, Keystone State News Connection
Thursday, September 14, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on National Estuaries Week 2017: September 16-23
Since 1988, National Estuaries Week has celebrated the many ways we benefit from healthy, thriving coastal ecosystems. All throughout the country, local organizations including Restore America’s Estuaries member groups, National Estuarine Research Reserves and National Estuary Programs organize special events, like beach clean-ups, hikes, canoe and kayak trips, workshops and more to recognize the special role these places play in our everyday lives. National Estuaries Week is a terrific opportunity to learn more about estuaries and the perfect excuse to spend time on your local bay!
Get more information about National Estuaries Week, including events in your area, here.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on Canoeing to Teach Value of Water Quality
Two dozen students held class in canoes Monday to learn first-hand the importance of clean water. It was the opening day of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s fall 2017 Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education Program, or SWEEP.
Students from the Steelton High School Science Club took to the waters of the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg to observe insects and aquatic life, test water quality and study the impact of human activity on the water.
Ryan McGrady, a co-manager of the program, says the experience gives the kids a real sense of the role they play in the environment.
“Students get that bright twinkle in their eye once they do come out with us, and you really see the light bulb go off on, ‘This is what’s in my backyard and this is how I can impact our ecosystem,'” he says.
Now in its 27th year, the SWEEP team will work with 19 regional groups in 11 counties, helping students build critical connections to the natural world.
McGrady points out that those connections extend beyond the lakeshores and river banks to adjacent land, the source of many of the pollutants that affect the river.
“We point out where farmers’ lands may be right up against the water and those nitrates and manure may be flowing directly into that water,” he explains. “We often look at just how the city roads are sitting right along the water, particularly in the winter and spring when a lot of that salt gets into the water.”
The Susquehanna watershed is a major contributor to nitrate and sediment pollution flowing into the Chesapeake Bay.
Beyond the science, McGrady hopes the students who participate in the program learn that, from the headwaters in New York to the Chesapeake Bay, the Susquehanna is a living ecosystem.
“The importance and health of the river is something we can all play a part in our daily lives because we all live around the bay and everything we do up here affects somebody else downstream,” he explains.
-Andrea Sears, Keystone State News Connection
Friday, September 8, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on EPA Review of Fuel Standards Called Waste of Time, Money
The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed reopening its review of fuel efficiency requirements, a move critics say could only benefit automakers at taxpayer expense.
When the requirements were first set, major car manufactures publicly agreed to achieving an average of 54.5 miles-to-the-gallon for cars and light trucks by 2025.
That goal was an important part of national efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to Carol Lee Rawn, director of the transportation program at the nonprofit group Ceres, that goal was reaffirmed by an EPA midterm review less than a year ago, and nothing has changed since.
“EPA has conducted exhaustive analyses showing that costs actually have come down since the standards were initially conceived in 2012 and that they are indeed feasible,” she points out.
Carmakers argue that low gas prices and high demand for sport utility vehicles now make those goals difficult to achieve.
The EPA is accepting public comments through Oct. 5.
Environmentalists and public health advocates point out that the industry’s bottom line is not the only consideration.
Joseph Otis Minott, executive director and chief counsel of the Clean Air Council, says the benefits of better fuel efficiency already are being seen.
“It reduces greenhouse gases, it reduces the precursors to ozone smog, it means that we’re using our cars more efficiently,” he explains. “It’s a win-win-win program.”
In Pennsylvania, areas such as Lancaster and Allegheny counties and the city of Philadelphia have chronic problems meeting federal clean air standards.
David Cooke, a vehicle specialist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, points out that the fuel efficiency standards not only reduce pollution, they keep American manufacturers competitive, save billions of barrels of oil and reduce fuel costs to consumers.
“We’re saving about $50 million a day thanks to the standards that are on the books, and as long as we stay the course, by 2030 that number will grow to over $300 million per day,” he states.
Cooke adds that climate change-fueled extreme weather such as Hurricane Harvey, which devastated the nation’s refining capacity, could drive up fuel prices, making efficiency more important than ever.
-Andrea Sears, Keystone State News Connection
Thursday, September 7, 2017 | By ShanB | Comments Off on DCNR Launches New Redesigned Website
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recently launched a redesigned website as part of Gov. Tom Wolf’s efforts to make government more accessible for citizens.
“The newly-refreshed website is designed to help our customers find the information they are looking for quickly, and in a format that works well on phones and other mobile devices,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said. “We are providing a survey for visitors that will stay up for about a year to get some insights and feedback on the new format.”
Some new features on the site include:
— New pages for outdoor recreation activities that combine information for state parks and forests all in one place, and offer connections to events for that activity and other tips, such as how to stay safe;
— A blog called Good Natured that will highlight the feature article from the resource newsletter and allow the homepage to continuously feature new content; and
— Photo galleries on the landing page for each state forest and park that give a taste of the places to visit and beautiful views on DCNR lands.
In addition to recreation, the four additional tabs that organize information are:
— Conservation – providing information on the steps DCNR is taking to conserve natural resources, and simple steps we can take collectively;
— Communities – information to assist communities and partners with maintaining and improving natural, recreational and cultural amenities;
— Business – partner information on topics including infrastructure, concessions, timber for forest products, and licenses for water well drillers; and
— Education – conservation and education programs and opportunities for people of all ages to improve understanding about the environment, conservation, and recreation in Pennsylvania.
Icons on the homepage help customers quickly get to information about: Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks and 20 state forest districts; State park reservations; Trails; DCNR grants and events; Local parks; and Geologic resources.