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Weis Markets, Ahold USA, PepsiCo Among EPA’s First Food Loss & Waste Champions

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the inaugural class of 15 U.S. Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions, U.S. businesses and organizations pledging concrete steps to reduce food loss and waste in their operations 50 percent by 2030.

Champions announced in Pennsylvania include Weis Markets, Ahold USA (Giant Foods, Food Lion, Martin’s Food Markets, Peapod) and PepsiCo.

“The founding 2030 Champions have shown exceptional leadership in the fight to reduce, recover and recycle food loss and waste,” said Vilsack....

11/29/2016 03:07:47pm
Neil Young Wants Obama To End ‘Violence’ At Pipeline Protest

Neil Young is calling on President Barack Obama “to step in and end” what he calls the “violence” against protesters demonstrating against an oil pipeline being built in North Dakota on part of an Indian reservation.

In an open letter on Facebook posted Monday, the 71-year-old rock star calls the protest at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation “an awakening.” He says demonstrators are “standing strong in the face of outrageous, unnecessary and violent aggression.” He says law enforcement agencies and the National Guard are “seemingly acting to protect the interests of the Dakota Access Pipeline profiteers” with taxpayer money.

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11/29/2016 10:51:49am
Eco-Friendly Alternatives to Everyday Household Items

Having a green household, one that’s both sustainable and healthy, is so much more than just energy-efficient light bulbs and reusable grocery bags. Take a look around your house. From plastic containers filled with chemicals you can’t even pronounce to your constantly filled trash bin, there are plenty of improvements to be made.

The Environmental Media Association has a few eco-friendly alternatives to everyday household items that will start you on your way to a greener home:

SCENTED CANDLES

When it comes to candles, the options are seemingly endless....

11/28/2016 09:54:58am
Entercom Asks Trump to Follow Climate Policy

Radio companies don’t often deliberately hop into the boiling pot of politics, but Entercom CEO David Field has utilized Twitter to send a clear message to President-elect Donald Trump. The CEO’s tweet addresses the controversial topic of climate change. Field writes: “Entercom joins 365 US co’s urging President-elect not to scuttle global Paris Climate Deal. Good for US competitiveness, jobs & security.”

Field also links a New York Times business article, the summary of which states: “Hundreds of American companies are pleading with Donald Trump not to abandon gains made to mitigate climate change.”

Read the full story from Inside Radio here....

11/22/2016 11:18:47am
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Kicks Off The Holidays With Open House Nov. 26

After the Thanksgiving and Black Friday madness settles down, celebrate Small Business Saturday at the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Holiday Open House November 26th in the Sanctuary Visitor Center from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Raptors Up Close Program bookends the event with programs offered at 11a.m. and 2 p.m. Complimentary hot chocolate and bird-friendly coffee samples will be available throughout the event, and children's crafts and activities will be held in the Visitor Center Gallery from 12-2 p.m.

In spirit of Small Business Saturday, anyone who purchases a membership that day will receive 3 free months and a complimentary gift....

11/21/2016 01:49:26pm
Ways To Help Kids Become Part Of The Green Movement

If you want your children to have a healthy respect for the environment, it’s best to instill a green consciousness in dreamstime_xs_6950646their minds at an early age. You can do this by setting a good example and by educating them on the importance of living in a green and sustainable manner. The Environmental Media Association has a few ways you can help your kids become part of the green movement:

GET KIDS INVOLVED IN RECYCLING

If children are old enough to throw something in the garbage, they’re old enough to learn about recycling....

11/15/2016 01:11:47pm
$2 Million Abandoned Mine Reclamation Project At Eckely Miners’ Village

Local, state, and federal partners and supporters were at Eckley Miners’ Village in Carbon County as Department of Environmental Protection Acting Secretary Patrick McDonnell announced $2 million in funding for the cleanup of a 62-acre abandoned coal mine property.

The project will enable the community’s planned extension of a popular bike path to the historical mining village and other area improvements.

DEP selected the Hazleton/Eckley project to receive a share of $30 million in federal funding from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement through its Abandoned Mine Lands Economic Revitalization Pilot Program....

11/14/2016 09:53:17am
Finding Common Ground for Saving the Environment

With big changes on the way in Washington, D.C., environmental groups are saying conservation should not be a partisan issue. The new administration has already outlined some possible radical shifts in federal environmental policies.

Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, noted that environmental laws, such as the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act, are not at odds with economic growth.

"Americans have seen health outcomes go up at the same time we've seen the GDP go up," he said....

11/11/2016 10:18:43am
Keep Your House Warm Or Reheat?

If you haven't done it already, you will be turning up your heat in your home very soon if you live here in Northeastern Pa.  If you want to save energy and money(and who doesn't?!), should you lower the heat at night and crank it back up in the morning or maintain a constant temperature throughout the day?  The Sierra Club's Mr. Green has the answer.  Find it here....

11/10/2016 11:55:18am
Nominations Now Being Accepted For 2017 PA Trail Of The Year

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Trail of the Year. The deadline for nominations is November 11.

The designation is coordinated by the Pennsylvania Trails Advisory Committee to elevate public awareness of the thousands of miles of trails available for public enjoyment in Pennsylvania.

The advisory committee is charged with implementing the recommendations of the 2014-2019 Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan to develop a statewide land and water trail network.

“Pennsylvania has it all, from gentle pathways threading through miles of preserved greenways, to remote, rugged trails scaling the state’s magnificent mountains,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn....

11/03/2016 10:46:41am
Ghost Gear Haunting The World's Oceans

Lost or abandoned traps, nets, and fishing lines keep on killing fish and marine mammals.dreamstime_xs_34159957

It is not only humans who cleanse the world’s oceans of fish. Under the waves is the enormous, unregulated ghost-gear fishery—the millions of tons of traps, nets, and fishing lines lost at sea and gone rogue. They may have been lost in a storm or through an accident—cut by a boat’s propeller, or a worn-out line breaking. In some instances, they are purposefully abandoned by illegal fishers....

11/02/2016 02:37:00pm
PA Senate Bill Threatens Energy-Efficiency Efforts

Environmentalists say a bill passed by the state Senate could increase pollution and raise electricity prices.

Senate Bill 805 would allow large commercial and industrial power customers to opt out of energy efficiency programs required by state law.

According to Tom Schuster, senior campaign representative for the Sierra Club, allowing those large users to stop participating could significantly reduce the gains that have been made in energy efficiency.

"And therefore we'd see more pollution, more climate disruption as it results in more generation of energy that will ultimately be wasted," he asserts....

11/01/2016 10:25:44am
Musician and Composer Trent Reznor Talks "Before the Flood"

The Nine Inch Nails mastermind and Atticus Ross assembled a team of musicians to score Leonardo DiCaprio’s new climate change documentary.

The new eco-documentary film Before the Flood is an examination of the challenges we face from climate change.  Its musical score is the result of a unique collaboration between Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Gustavo Santaolalla, and Mogwai.  The music forms a narrative backdrop to the film’s call to action and the personal-discovery story of its narrator, Leonardo DiCaprio. (Check out Sierra‘s complete review of Before the Flood.)

Reznor is well known as the musical engine behind Nine Inch Nails, but he has produced and written music for, and scored the soundtracks to, film for years, including Oliver Stone’s Natural Born Killers(1994) and David Lynch’s Lost Highway (1997)....

10/27/2016 12:31:36pm
Polar Bear Week - Take the Energy Challenge!

It’s early November. It’s cold. It’s snowy. And polar bears are waiting for the sea ice to form. It’s Polar dreamstime_s_5849191Bear Week!

Polar Bear Week coincides with the fall polar bear migration to Churchill, Manitoba, where polar bears gather to wait for freeze-up on Hudson Bay so they can return to hunting seals. During Polar Bear Week, the importance of sea ice to polar bear survival is focused on.

The 2016 event is October 30-November 5. Take the Energy Challenge to sustain a future for the bears.

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10/26/2016 12:33:04pm
High School Students Plant Rain Gardens In East Stroudsburg

With help from local students, the Brodhead Watershed Association recently coordinated the planting of several new rain gardens in East Stroudsburg in Monroe County.

In the first week of October, East Stroudsburg High School South students from Pat Bixler’s environmental science class planted three small gardens next to the East Stroudsburg firehouse on Lackawanna Avenue.

The gardens will intercept parking lot runoff before it goes into an underground water storage basin and from there to an underground tributary to Brodhead Creek....

10/25/2016 09:44:07am
PA Could Be Carbon-Free by 2050

The Keystone State could get all its power from renewable energy sources and generate thousands of jobs by the middle of this century, according to a new report.

Titled "Envisioning Pennsylvania's Energy Future," the report outlines a plan for increased investments in wind and solar power and energy efficiency that would virtually eliminate reliance on fossil fuels. According to Tracy Carluccio, deputy director of the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, electricity consumers would see savings of $134 billion over 35 years.

"Also, as a result of these policies," she said, "the report calculates that we will see a net increase of nearly 500,000 jobs over this same period of time."

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network sponsored a free webinar on the report at 1 p.m....

10/21/2016 10:19:44am
Gov. Wolf Announces Multimodal Transportation Grants - Including Trail & Bike Projects

Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards announced 37 highway, bridge, bike and pedestrian projects will receive $40 million in Multimodal Transportation Fund grants from the Department of Transportation. Locally this is the project related to trails and bike paths:

— Lackawanna County: Heritage Valley Partners, Inc. — $463,179 to create safe, ADA-compliant access from existing Lackawanna River Heritage Trail to Lackawanna Avenue, providing a direct link to downtown commerce, government services, historical and cultural venues, and educational institutions....

10/20/2016 10:29:50am
Alternatives to Single-Use Plastic

Think about how long you used that straw to sip the drink you purchased today from your favorite beverage shop.  It was probably less than an hour..if that.  What about the plastic fork you used to eat the salad you purchased from the fast food place?  Ten minutes maybe?  Even though you used it for a few minutes, that straw or fork could last forever in a stream or ocean.  The solution is having an alternative to these throw away items.  ...

10/18/2016 09:54:01am
What Trump and Pence don't get about clean energy jobs
America’s clean energy industry is worth $200 billion after growing 29 percent since 2011, and is showing no signs of slowing down.

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12/05/2016 03:31:47pm
Environmental Leaders’ Statement on Civil and Human Rights, Social Justice and an Inclusive Economy
Michael Reinemer

As leaders of the U.S. environmental movement, we are mothers and fathers, daughters and sons, white, black, Latino, Asian, Native American, of many creeds, faiths and religions. We come from diverse backgrounds and near infinite preferences and beliefs.

12/05/2016 12:53:57pm