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PRC: Backyard Composting, Watershed/Rain Barrel Workshops In Allegheny County

April 3, 2014

Get your green on this spring by attending one of the PA Resources Council backyard composting and rain barrel workshops in Allegheny County in April and May.You’ll leave the Backyard Composting Workshop with an 80-gallon composting bin and t more»

DEP’s Live Webcast Of Peregrine Falcon Banding Set For May 13

April 3, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection and Game Commission Thursday invited students, teachers and non-formal educators to tune in for the annual Peregrine falcon banding event during a live webcast on May 13.The banding will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. more»

Parks & Forests Foundation Invites Public To Capture A Day In The Life Of A State Forest

April 3, 2014

Members of the public across the state are invited to take part in the PA Parks and Forests Foundation’s “Day in the Life of a State Forest” on April 12. Participants are encouraged to pack a lunch and a camera, and capture the experience of a day spent in one of Pennsylvania’s 20 state forests. more»

PUC Accelerates Switching Times For Electricity Suppliers, Responding To Rate Spikes

April 3, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday finalized regulation changes that dramatically reduce the time it takes customers to change electricity suppliers (Docket No. more»

DEP Issues Permit Requiring Closure Of FirstEnergy’s Little Blue Run Impoundment

April 3, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Thursday issued a Closure Permit to FirstEnergy Generation, LLC, imposing a mandatory cl more»

PUC Adopts New Electric Supplier Disclosure Statements For Variable Rate Offers

April 3, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Thursday finalized regulation changes that provide electric shopping customers with greater, uniform detail in electric supplier disclosure statements and more timely information on “contract renewal” and “change in terms” notices (Docket No. more»

$2 Million Grant Starts Stroud Water Research Center Work In Delaware Watershed

April 3, 2014

Stroud Water Research Center this week received a $1.26 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to monitor water quality of regional sub-watersheds in the Delaware River Basin. more»

Natural Lands Trust Receives Grant To Promote Land Stewardship In Delaware Basin

April 3, 2014

Natural Lands Trust Thursday announced it has received $1.3 million in funding from the Philadelphia-based William Penn Foundation to promote conservation and land stewardship techniques in the Delaware River Watershed.The grant is part of an innovative, science-driven, more»

Academy Of Natural Sciences Receives Grant To Protect Drinking Water

April 3, 2014

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has received a three-year grant from the William Penn Foundation to be one of the organizations coordinating the Foundation’s initiative to protect and restore critical sources of drinking more»

Dominion Offers $1.3 Million In Energy, Environment Education Grants

April 3, 2014

School teachers and college faculty members in areas served by Dominion companies now can apply for $1.3 million in educational grants to fund energy, environment and workforce related programs. more»

Help Wanted: Allegheny Land Trust - Land Stewardship Coordinator

April 3, 2014

The Allegheny Land Trust is in search of a full-time Land Stewardship Coordinator who oversees stewardship activities of the organization’s conservation areas which includes coordinating volunteer recruitment, facilitating community engagement and planning events at specific conservation areas. more»

Saint-Gobain Receives Energy Star Partner Award From EPA

April 3, 2014

Valley Forge-based Saint-Gobain Thursday announced it has been awarded the Energy Star Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the fourth consecutive year. more»

House Committee To Consider Bill Eliminating Low-RVP Gasoline In Pittsburgh

April 2, 2014

On April 9 the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee is scheduled to consider Senate Bill 1037 (Vogel-R-Beaver) directing the Environmental Quality Board to adopt a regulation to repeal th more»

Millersville University Hosting Native Plant Landscaping Conference June 5-7

April 2, 2014

The 2014 Native Plants in the Landscape Conference will be held June 5-7 at Millersville University, Millersville, Lancaster County.Speakers will include Eric Toensmeier, Marcus de la Fleur, Benjamin Vogt, Candy DeBerry, Sabrena Schweyer and many others.Featured will be field trips; educational worksh more»

North Branch Land Trust Dinner, Auction May 14 In Wilkes-Barre

April 2, 2014

The North Branch Land Trust is holding its 15th Annual Dinner and Auctions on May 14, at the Westmoreland Club in Wilkes-Barre. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with music, cocktail hour and bidding on a variety of silent auction items. more»

Pennsylvanians Urged To Complete Online Outdoor Recreation Survey

April 2, 2014

Five years after Pennsylvania’s Outdoor Recreation Plan was written, recreation interests and trends may be different. Is walking still Pennsylvanians favorite outdoor activity? Do people still want trails and on-road bike lanes? more»

DCNR Recognizes City Of Easton With Green Park Award

April 2, 2014

DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti recently presented the City of Easton with the fifth annual Green Park Award for its work at Sullivan Park. more»

Student Stories: Not a dirty job -- alumnus enjoys work in soil industry

April 2, 2014

Long before Cory Chelko graduated from Penn State in 2011, he knew that working with soils was what he wanted to do. Growing up around farms in Sarver, Pa., piqued his interest, as did the potential for real-world applications of the agricultural sciences. more»

Free Brownfields Redevelopment Seminar May 2 In Meadville

April 2, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites municipal, township and borough leaders, county and city planners, redevelopment authorities, community leaders, and economic and industrial development agencies to a seminar, What All Local Governments Need to Know about Brownfields, on May 2.The seminar is offered free of charge and will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. more»

Regional Keystone Energy Education Program Workshop In Erie April 22

April 2, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection invites middle school teachers, administrators and building managers to an April 22 training workshop in Erie on the Keystone Energy Education Program (KEEP) to teach and track energy efficiency in school buildings and homes.The workshop is offered free of charge and will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. more»

DEP Webinar On Chapter 105 Proposed In-Lieu Of Aquatic Restoration Policies April 10

April 2, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced it will hold a webinar at 2:30 p.m. more»

DEP Fines Steelton Borough Water Authority $55,200 for Drinking Water Violations

April 2, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Wednesday announced  Steelton Borough Water Authority, Dauphin County, has signed a $55,200 consent order and agreement with DEP to address drinking water treatment and reporting violations that occurred in 2013.“Upon discovery of these violations, DEP notified Steelton Borough Water Authority who responded promptly and appropriately,” DEP Southcentral Re more»

Penn State’s online homeland security degrees celebrate fifth anniversary

April 2, 2014

When Penn State launched its online homeland security master’s degree program, the Christmas Day “underwear bomb” terrorist attack topped the news. Terrorist tactics have evolved since then. On the fifth anniversary of its online homeland security program, Penn State is embarking on a curriculum update.

Educator Workshop: I want to teach about hydrofracking, but I don’t know where to start!

April 2, 2014

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 The Paleontological Research Institution, its Museum of the Earth and its Cayuga Nature Center will host an educator professional development workshop on teaching about hydrofracking and the broader energy system. “I want to teach about hydrofracking, but I don’t know where to start!” will provide information without advocating for or against hydrofracking. more»

Saunders/Walker Trustee Scholarship benefits Ag Sciences students

April 2, 2014

A new scholarship created by an alumnus of Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and his partner will benefit students in the college with demonstrated financial need. Mark Saunders and Lynn Walker, of Shelburne, Vt., provided a $50,000 gift to establish the H. Mark Saunders and Lynn M. Walker Trustee Scholarship.

Research suggests that green tea, exercise boost weight loss, health

April 2, 2014

Mice on a high-fat diet that consumed decaffeinated green tea extract and exercised regularly experienced sharp reductions in final body weight and significant improvements in health, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, who suggest that similar results could be realized by people.

Natural Gas Price Spikes, Availability Drove Electric Rate Spikes Senate Committee Told

April 1, 2014

Frederick Bresler, Vice President of Market Operations for PJM, said Tuesday severe winter weather caused record natural gas price spikes and delivery problems that were responsible for about half the electric generation outages on the coldest day of the winter on January 7 forcing the cost of electric from an average of less than $40 per MwH to more than $1,000 per MwH for suppliers, higher than more»

March State Revenue Collections $100M Below Estimates, $176M Below For Year

April 1, 2014

Pennsylvania collected $4.2 billion in General Fund revenue in March, which was $20.7 million, or 0.5 percent, less than anticipated, Secretary of Revenue Daniel Meuser reported Tuesday. Fiscal year-to-date General Fund collections total $20.5 billion, which is $96.3 million, or 0.5 percent, below estimate. more»

Natural Lands Trust Preserves 163-Acre ConaMoore Farm In Chester County

April 1, 2014

Natural Lands Trust announced recently the conservation of ConaMoore Farm, a 163-acre property in East Nantmeal Township, Chester County. The shady woodlands, rolling pastures, and picturesque buildings of ConaMoore Farm, located along Route 401, serve as the gateway to East Nantmeal Township. more»

DEP Reminds Pennsylvanians April Is Earth Month - Pick It Up PA!

April 1, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Tuesday reminded residents that April is Earth Month. more»

SRBC Solicits Projects For Consumptive Water Use Mitigation

March 31, 2014

The Susquehanna River Basin Commission Monday released a Solicitation For Projects: Water Sources For Consumptive Use Mitigation Within The Susquehanna River Basin.  Proposals are due June 27.SRBC’s regulations regarding review and approval of projects require mitigation for consumptive use of water. more»

DEP Invests $3.4 Million For Agricultural Outreach Program and Assistance

March 31, 2014

The Department of Environmental Protection Monday announced a $3.4 million investment in an all-new agricultural outreach and assistance program, the Regional Agricultural Watershed Assessment Program, to improve water quality in six different watersheds throughout the state.“This project will allow DEP staff to work directly with farmers and our partners in the county conservation districts to de more»

Rep. Daley Salutes Utility Decisions To Delay Heating Shutoffs

March 31, 2014

Rep. Peter J. Daley II (D-Washington), Minority Chair of the House Consumer Affairs Committee, Monday thanked key gas utilities in Pennsylvania for delaying service shutoffs by two weeks."The weather and skyrocketing heating bills have put consumers in a vise," said Rep. Daley. more»

Sen. Solobay Introduces Bill To Force Scrutiny Of Coal Plant Closures

March 31, 2014

After a winter of power-consumption warnings in Western Pennsylvania, Sen. more»

Live Stream Captures Footage Of Eaglets Hatching In Pittsburgh

March 31, 2014

Pennsylvania’s most famed bald-eagle nest has two new stars.  The first of what could be three eaglets hatched Friday inside a Pittsburgh nest as the magical moment was captured by a camera and live streamed to viewers online. Then on Sunday, a second egg hatched, bringing the count at the nest to two adults, two eaglets and one egg. more»

Brandywine Conservancy Will Plant 25,000th Tree April 19

March 31, 2014

The Brandywine Conservancy’s Reforestation Campaign will achieve its five-year goal ahead of schedule when it plants its 25,000th tree in East Brandywine Township, Chester County on April 19.The Brandywine Conservancy will plant 600 native trees along the East Branch of the Brandywine at a property owned by East Brandywine Township. more»

Penn State Extension, 4-H marking Month of the Military Child

March 29, 2014

This April, Penn State Extension will help celebrate the Month of the Military Child, a time to recognize the sacrifices made by military families and their children, with a variety of activities.

Presentation to mark anniversary of passenger pigeon's extinction

March 29, 2014

A noted endangered-species expert will speak at Penn State to mark the 100th anniversary of perhaps the most iconic extinction event in United States history -- the loss of the passenger pigeon.

PA Environmental Council Supports Federal Efforts To Regulate Methane Emissions

March 28, 2014

Paul King, President & CEO of the PA Environmental Council Friday issued the following statement on a new federal strategy to more comprehensively regulate methane emissions to combat climate change--“The Pennsylvania Environmental Co more»

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