Monday, August 29, 2016

Reminder: DEP Recycling Performance Grant Applications Due Sept. 30

The Department of Environmental Protection will be accepting Section 904 Recycling Performance Grant applications for materials recycled and marketed in 2015 until September 30.
The grants awards are based on the total tons recycled and the applicant's recycling rate.
Post-consumer aluminum and steel cans, glass, plastics, corrugated cardboard, newspapers and other marketable grades of paper are materials eligible for the grants. All eligible materials collected from residents, business, schools, colleges, universities and community events can be factored into the grant awards.
For more information, visit DEP’s Recycling Performance Grants webpage.  Questions should be directed to Mark Vottero at 717-787-7382 or send email to: mvottero@pa.gov.
(Courtesy PA Township News, September 2016)

August Catalyst Newsletter Now Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

The August issue of The Catalyst newsletter is now available from the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition in Butler County featuring articles on--
-- Celebrating The Blazing Star Bloom At Jennings Environmental Ed Center
-- Remember To Support Clean Creek Products!
-- SRWC Attends PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference
-- The KIDS Catalyst - Sounds Of Summer
-- SRWC Welcomes Volunteer Joseph Wright (photo)
-- Upcoming September Fun At Jennings Environmental Ed Center
-- Click Here to sign up for your own copy.
The Catalyst newsletter is distributed to over 1,100 individuals in over a dozen countries including: Brazil, Peru, South Korea, Mexico, England, Wales, Venezuela, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Germany.
For more information on programs, initiatives, upcoming events and volunteer opportunities, visit the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition website.
How Clean Is My Stream?
For more information and find out how clean streams are in your county, visit CBF-PA’s Clean Water Counts In Pennsylvania webpage.
You can also visit the PA Environmental Council’s new website-- WaterResourcespa.org-- that allows the public to identify water quality impaired streams, illegal dumpsites, areas covered by stormwater management plans and much more.

Watch Senate Judiciary Committee Live As It Meets On Beemer Nomination For AG Tuesday At 1:30

The Senate Judiciary Committee meets August 30 at 1:30 p.m. to consider the nomination of Bruce Beemer to serve as Attorney General.
Click Here to watch the hearing live.
The meeting will be held in Room 8E-B East Wing Capitol Building.
The full Senate returns to session August 30 at 1:00 p.m. and is expected to take a final vote on Beemer’s nomination before adjourning for the day.
The Senate is not scheduled to return to voting session again until September 26.
Sen. Stewart Greenleaf (R-Montgomery) serves as Majority Chair of the Committee and Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery) serves as Minority Chair.

PEC: How Important Are Building Codes To Saving Energy? Very

The PA Environmental Council Monday published a primer on the state’s Uniform Construction Code and how important the state’s uniform building code in particular is to an effective strategy for saving energy.
Building codes, and the process by which they are adopted and enforced, can be complex and difficult to understand.
To help everyone from municipal leaders, consumer advocates, and green building supporters to better understand the challenge surrounding updating the Commonwealth’s building code, PEC has created the primer to explain the issue.
Not only does the document highlight the history of Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code, but also focuses on the negative impacts of out-of-date code like household energy costs, insurance costs, and the burden it places on municipalities.
A copy of the primer is available online.
The latest attempt to update the process for updating the state’s Uniform Construction Code is House Bill 568 (Evankovich-R-Allegheny) which is set for a final concurrence vote in the House at any time ,after being amended in the Senate before the summer break.  A Senate Fiscal Note and summary is available.
Questions on the work PEC is engaged to work towards updating Pennsylvania’s building code? Contact Lindsay Baxter by calling 412-481-9400 or send email to: lbaxter@pecpa.org.
For more information on programs, initiatives and special events, visit the PA Environmental Council website, visit the PEC Blog, follow PEC on Twitter or Like PEC on Facebook.  Visit PEC’s Audio Room for the latest podcasts.  Click Here to receive regular updates from PEC.

August 29 Watershed Winds Newsletter Now Available From Penn State Extension

The August 29 Watershed Winds newsletter is now available from Penn State Extension featuring stories on--
-- Click Here to sign up for your own copy.

Chesapeake Bay Commission Meets In Lancaster Sept. 8-9

The interstate Chesapeake Bay Commission will hold its quarterly meeting in Lancaster on September 8 and 9 at the Lancaster Marriott Penn Square.
-- Midpoint Assessment and Phase III Watershed Implementation Plans;
-- Progress and Refined Allocations;
-- Phosphorus: An Elusive Goal; Chesapeake Bay 201: Phosphorus, Minimizing Phosphorus Loss;
-- Manure Transport: Optimizing Local Use;
-- Legacy Sediments: The Stream As Pollution Source;
-- Field Tour: Strasburg Plain Sect Farm, Kirchner Farm Gypsy Hill Road; and
-- Conservation Innovation: Aviation Biofuel.
Pennsylvania is represented on the Commission by Rep. Garth Everett (R-Lycoming), who serves as Vice-Chair, Sen. Richard Alloway (R-Adams), Rep. Keith Gillespie (R-York), Rep. Michael Sturla (D-Lancaster), Sen. Gene Yaw (R-Lycoming), Majority Chair of the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell.
For more information and copies of presentations after the meeting, visit the Chesapeake Bay Commission’s Meetings webpage.
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PRC, Allegheny CleanWays Host Wild & Scenic Film Festival Sept. 22 & 24 In Pittsburgh

The PA Resources Council and the Allegheny CleanWays will host the Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Pittsburgh on September 22 and 24 as part of Pittsburgh’s month long Re:NEW Sustainability Festival.
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival – the nation’s premier environmental and adventure film festival – will be showcasing short films on beautiful ecosystems and powerful stories of individuals and communities protecting the environment.
“This year’s festival highlights human connections to the natural world, from Rocky Mountain streams to Southeast Asian rainforests to Pittsburgh’s own three rivers, and all films will educate and inspire festival-goers to take action to protect the local and global environment,” said Justin Stockdale, Regional Director for PRC in Pittsburgh.
“The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is an outstanding example of how the art of film can influence us to become more active in the protection of our environment,” added Stockdale.  “The festival offers individuals clear opportunities to engage with us and other organizations in pursuit of a cleaner and healthier environment.”   
The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will take place:
-- September 22 at the Harris Theater in Downtown Pittsburgh’s Cultural District in partnership with the Re:NEW Festival.  Doors open at 6 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m.  Paul Fireman, president of Pittsburgh-based Fireman Creative, will serve as emcee.
-- September 24 at the Hollywood Theater in Dormont.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m.  Doug Oster, organic gardening expert and Home and Garden editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, will serve as emcee.
“We’re honored to be a part of Re:NEW and the effort to highlight the intersection of art and environment,” said Myrna Newman, Executive Director of Allegheny CleanWays. “These award-winning films highlight the beauty of the natural world and how humans can harm, protect or coexist with our environment.  We’re proud to partner with the Re:NEW Festival, which works with local organizations and artists to celebrate creative reuse and sustainability in Pittsburgh.”  
Tickets are $15 with all proceeds benefiting PRC and Allegheny CleanWays.  “Early bird” tickets are available for $10 through August 31.  
Wild & Scenic Film Festival tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance by visiting PRC’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival webpage or calling 412-488-7490 x105.

Save The Date: PA Assn. Of Environmental Professionals 2017 Conference April 5-7

The PA Assn. of Environmental Professionals will hold its 32nd Annual Conference April 5-7 in. State College. Stay tuned for more information.

Headwaters Charitable Trust's Latest Living Greener Life Skills Graduates

Headwaters Charitable Trust Monday announced the conclusion of the Summer Works Living Greener Life Skills Class. Participants worked around Elk County doing a variety of work sponsored by the North Central Workforce Investment Board and CareerLink of St. Marys.
Cody Leslie and Brandon Wildnauer have completed the pilot program of 24 hours of life skills training.  (Photo: Pri Pursley Living Greener, Brandon Wildnauer participant, Cody Leslie participant, Ryan Calaway Living Greener.)
They learned people skills such as interpersonal communications, conflict resolution, and anger management. They also gained valuable professional skills such as time management, personal finance, personal responsibility, and networking.
They discussed what makes a green employer and how you as an individual can contribute to the sustainability of your organization. The skills learned in this program helped them to grow personally and professionally.
Cody Leslie says, "I liked when we talked about networking, it made me appreciate all the different trainers that came and taught the class.”
Our thanks go out to the wonderful guest trainers that participated in the program. Anita Todd of the University of Cincinnati, Mike Hoy at Straub Brewery, John MacDonald from Northwest Savings Bank, and Ashley O’Dell from the St. Marys Chamber of Commerce.
These professionals donated their time to teach, participate in roundtable discussions, and help complete the Living Greener curriculum.
The Living Greener team learned many lessons about teaching young adults the skills needed to be professionals. The feedback received from both participants and trainers will help modify and improve the class for future cohorts.
Next Class  
The Trust is turning its attention to the fall Living Greener cohort that will begin the week of October 10.
The Trust is expanding services to a full year of wraparound services at a new green job. We will continue to bring in professionals to help with the life skills classes and add one-on-one mentorship to the program.
It is currently seeking referrals for young adults that need help transitioning into the professional world, as well as volunteer Life Skills Trainers and Occupational Skills Mentors. The Trust is proud to work with companies who hold the values of sustainability and environmental stewardship.
If you are interested in learning more about Living Greener, or volunteering as a trainer or mentor, visit the Headwaters Charitable Trust Living Greener webpage or contact Bri Pursley by calling  814-335-1141 or send email to: bripursley@hwct.org.   Click Here to sign up for regular updates from the Trust (bottom of the page).

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