Philadelphia Defenses Of EPA Clean Power Plan

Coalition cites critical need for rules in order to protect the public, environment and grow the economy City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith  announced that Philadelphia  is joining a coalition of 24 states, cities and counties filing a motion to
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Planning an Eco-Friendly Home Renovation

By Nathaniel Sillin Plenty of people are now putting the sun, wind and water to work to cut their energy bill. Should you join them? Before any shift to renewable energy technology, you've got to do some very individualized research and above all, work the numbers. Solar energy seems to be getting the (more...)

Make Sure Your Family Has a Disaster Plan

By Jason Alderman June marked the beginning of hurricane season. Meanwhile, across much of the Western U.S., major droughts have greatly increased the danger for summer wildfires. And don't forget last winter's record-breaking winter storms – or the ongoing potential for earthquakes, tornado, floods and other natural (more...)

How You Can Help the Ocean

All water on Earth is connected. Even if you don't live near the coast, water that goes down your drain or runs off from your yard can eventually make its way into the oceans. For example, oceans that seem remote, such as the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica, are (more...)

Air Pollution – Staying Informed

Author Julie Bowen While the hottest of the summer weather may now be over and we are heading rapidly into fall, this does not signal an end to concerns over air pollution in Philadelphia. While the hotter weather brings the increased risk of ground level ozone and (more...)

How To Reduce Plastic Bag Pollution?

State Sen. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware) today reintroduced a bill that would encourage consumers to shift away from using inefficient plastic shopping bags by imposing a $0.02 fee for each bag provided by a retail establishment. “Plastic shopping bags represent a disconnect in our consumer culture,” Leach said. “They are used for (more...)

“Cool Roofs” Can Reduce Energy Costs, Last Longer

As part of the effort to move toward a more sustainable future, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is promoting “cool roofs.” A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a (more...)

World Energy Appetite Seen Growing by 56 Percent by 2040

The world will consume 56 percent more energy in 2040 than it consumed in 2010, according to a projection issued July 25 by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). “This is good news, this is rising prosperity,” said EIA head Adam Sieminski, as he presented the agency’s findings (more...)

Nonprofits Rallying Volunteers for 2-month ‘Scrub’ of Schuylkill

Last year, participants in the Schuylkill Scrub organized over 2,000 volunteers at more than 90 sites across the Schuylkill Valley — a six-fold increase over 2011.  This spring, leaders at the Schuylkill Action Network hope to increase participation even more. Anyone hosting a riverside cleanup between April (more...)

U.S. Partnerships Reduce Soot Emissions

By Charlene Porter
Staff Writer
School buses, locomotives, garbage trucks and fleets of other dirty machines are being replaced thanks to funds provided by the U.S. Environment Protection Agency. EPA has announced winners of $30 million in grants for replacing or re-fitting diesel-fueled equipment with more environmentally friendly technology (more...)

Sweeping Changes in Marcellus Shale Law

Senator Jim Ferlo was joined by numerous community and environmental groups today as they expressed outrage over the revocation of local zoning rights under Act 13, and together called on the legislature to enact a drilling moratorium during which a comprehensive study on the effects of (more...)

What is Earth Day?

By Timothy Brown USINFO Staff Writer

Earth Day, April 22, is the annual U.S. celebration of the environment and a time for Americans to assess the work still needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet. Earth Day has no central organizing force behind it, though several nongovernmental

Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program

The Philadelphia Streets Department said, that the Residential Christmas Tree Recycling Program will run for two weeks in 2012: Monday, January 3 through Saturday, January 14. Citizens who wish to drop off their tree for recycling may take it to the Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers located at 3033 South 63rd Street, Domino (more...)

Green, Affordable Homes Make It Right

Three years ago, Hollywood actor and film producer Brad Pitt decided to help rebuild a low-income New Orleans neighborhood devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Today, his project shows that energy-efficient, green homes are not just feasible — they also can be affordable with a little (more...)

Nation’s Largest Biowall In Drexel University

The nation’s largest biowall shows of in Drexel University, when it dedicates its new science building at 33rd and Chestnut in Philadelphia. The center of its atrium with a five story hydroponic planter is named for the visionary Drexel President Constantine Papadakis. Here are things like rubber trees and ivy with (more...)


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