Friday, January 13, 2017

January 16 PA Environment Digest Now Available

The January 16 PA Environment Digest is now available.  Here are just a few of the headlines--

Among the most biologically diverse watersheds in Pennsylvania, and a federally designated National Wild and Scenic Recreation River, the Allegheny River in western Pennsylvania has been voted the 2017 Pennsylvania River of the Year.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful will begin accepting cleanup event registrations for the 2017 Great American Cleanup of PA on January 15.  The event runs from March 1 through May 31.

The PA Organization For Watersheds and Rivers, DEP and other partners are now accepting registrations for the 2017 PA Statewide Watershed Conference on March 5-6 at the Ramada Inn in State College.

PA American Water Tuesday announced applications are now being accepted for the company's 2017 Environmental Grant Program.  The deadline for applications is March 27 and recipients will be notified by April 19.

The 20th Annual Schuylkill River Watershed Congress will be held on March 11 at the Pottstown campus of the Montgomery County Community College from 7:30 to 3:15.

The Eastern PA Coalition for Abandoned Mine Reclamation, based in Ashley, Luzerne County,  is taking part in the PA Trout in the Classroom Program.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation educators Tom Parke and Emily Thorpe took advantage of an unseasonably warm winter day in Pennsylvania, to wash life vests, check canoes for needed repairs, and reflect on the Susquehanna Watershed Environmental Education Program's (SWEEP) 26th year of connecting students with their local waterways.

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is encouraging colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to participate in the RecycleMania competition.  The deadline to register is February 3.

Dickinson College in Carlisle, Cumberland County ranked No. 4 in Overall Top Performers in the most recent Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

The January edition of The PA Environmentalist is now available from the PA Environmental Council entitled, “Deep Decarbonization And The Global Race To Halt Climate Change.”

The PA Land Trust Association and its partners are now accepting registrations for the 2017 PA Land Conservation Conference in Lancaster May 4-6.

While it might be winter, landowners can begin making plans to help wildlife this spring – and beyond – by planting tree and shrub seedlings offered by the Game Commission’s Howard Nursery.

The Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences and the Center for Private Forests will host the 2017 Forest Landowners Conference on March 24-25 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona.

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PA Environment Digest is edited by David E. Hess, former Secretary Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, and is published as a service of Crisci Associates.

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Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell Proving He's A Hands-On Secretary

Acting DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell is proving to be a "hands-on" Secretary, especially at the Farm Show.

Wolf’s February Budget Address To Highlight Reimagined State Government

Gov. Wolf said Tuesday in a radio interview he will use his February 7 budget address to unveil his plan to reimagine state government to consolidate agencies and functions and make the cuts needed to address an estimated $2.2 billion deficit.
He also pledged again to not balance his budget proposal with increases in the personal income or sales taxes.
“I think what the citizens of Pennsylvania really want is for us to figure out how to reimagine government and make it live within its means; do the things that government should do to make middle class lives better, to make Pennsylvania better, but do it within our means,” he told morning show host Larry Richert and John Shumway. “That is what my administration is trying to do and I’ll unveil my proposals in my February 7 budget address.”
Though light on the details, Gov. Wolf’s comments Tuesday were in line with some of what Republican leaders in the legislature have been saying needs to take place in the coming budget cycle to make Pennsylvania’s government leaner, more efficient, and taxpayer friendly.
This week took additional steps to save money by announcing the closing of two state mental health facilities eliminating 734 positions and consolidating investments in three state funds to save $5.6 million in investment management fees.
These actions were in addition to the steps Gov. Wolf has already announced-- reducing the amount of money the Commonwealth spends on prisons and corrections, eliminating thousands of unfilled state jobs, consolidating information technology and human resources services, minimizing new and renewed leases.
Gov. Wolf also asked each agency to look at how to flatten and streamline across their organizations to achieve operational efficiencies and allow agencies to better focus resources on delivering programs and services to Pennsylvania.
Senate/House Budget Hearings
The House Appropriations Committee Friday released the schedule of hearing dates on Gov. Wolf’s FY 2017-18 budget proposal which are set to begin on February 21 and end March 9.
Pittsburgh Looks Good, But Is PA Blowing Taxpayer Funds On Film Tax Credits?

Sustainable Pittsburgh: The Shift To Sustainable Business Practices Workshop Jan. 26

Sustainable Pittsburgh is hosting a January 26 workshop on Leading the Cultural Shift For Sustainable Business Practices at the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh, 305 Wood Street in Pittsburgh from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Join Sustainable Pittsburgh to learn how to transform organizational culture into one that embraces sustainability.  Presenters will discuss how individuals are influenced by their work environment and how to successfully manage the change process.  
Hear from previous and current Green Workplace Challenge participants on how they utilized the GWC to introduce new initiatives, maintain engagement among employees throughout the year, and celebrate their achievements.  
Learn about what worked and what didn’t and how you can apply lessons learned in your workplace.
Featured presenters include--
-- David Lassman, Distinguished Service Professor of Organizational Management, Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University
-- JoAnn Rizzo, ECO-Chair, Associate, AE Works
-- Jennifer Stockdale, Local Marketing Specialist, IKEA Pittsburgh
Click Here for more information and to register.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events, visit the Sustainable Pittsburgh website.  Click Here to sign up for regular updates (bottom of the page).

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