Tuesday, November 13, 2018

South Mountain Partnership Seeks Spirit Of South Mountain Award Nominations

The South Mountain Partnership is asking the public to submit nominations for the 7th Spirit of South Mountain Award covering Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, and York counties. The deadline for nominations is January 18.
Nominees can be individuals, projects, or organizations that have made significant contributions to advance a positive and sustainable future for the South Mountain Landscape.
Last year, the award went to the Cumberland Valley Rails-to-Trails Council, which is an all-volunteer, non-profit, charitable corporation dedicated to conservation, historic preservation, recreation and alternative transportation in the Cumberland Valley of Pennsylvania through the development of multi-use trails along former railroad corridors.
CVRTC received the award for their collective work over the past 25+ years to build and expand the Cumberland Valley Rail Trail, which was designated a National Recreational Trail in 2010.
The Spirit of South Mountain award will be presented at the 8th Annual Power of the Partnership Year-End Celebration on February 1, at the new Franklin County Visitors Center in Chambersburg.
Award nominations will be judged based on the degree to which they:
-- Enrich the quality of life and sense of place of the region's citizens and communities
-- Advance the conservation goals within the South Mountain region
-- Conserve the natural, cultural, recreational and agricultural resources that make the South Mountain landscape unique
-- Elevate public awareness of the natural, cultural, recreational, and agricultural resources
-- Encourage collaboration among residents, businesses, public agencies, local governments and nonprofit and community organizations
Click Here to nominate a project, individual or organization or for more information. Email the completed nomination form to Katie Hess at: khess@appalachiantrail.org or direct your questions to her by calling 717-258-5771.
For more information on programs, initiatives and other upcoming events and how you can become  involved, visit the South Mountain Partnership website.

Leadership Opportunity: Re-Imagining Energy: Generation, Storing, Catching Carbon, Built Environment, Pulling It All Together

By Penn State News

As the land-grant university for the energy-rich state of Pennsylvania, it isn’t surprising that Penn State University counts among its core strengths a broad and deep expertise in energy-related research.
Today, in areas from materials science to policy, from environmental chemistry to architectural and electrical engineering, the range and quality of our research make Penn State a world leader in energy research.
Penn State News has produced a package of five stories that capture just a sliver of that expertise, briefly sampling some of the more innovative ideas of Penn State researchers working together to solve key questions of making and using energy.
-- Generating Energy-- tapping natural processes to power our future;
-- Storing Energy—revolutions in materials to make batteries that charge faster, last longer, and are safer than conventional batteries;
-- Catching Carbon—new technology to capture CO2 before it gets into the atmosphere and either sequester it or use it to create new products;
-- The Built Environment—how new inventions and design principles are making our buildings and appliances more energy-efficient; and
-- Pulling It All Together—integrating new sources of energy with the traditional electric grid to provide reliable, sustainable power for homes and businesses.
Questions about this series should be directed to Cherie Winner, Penn State News, by sending email to: clw43@psu.edu or call 814-863-4750.
(Photo: Lewis Katz Building, LEED-certified, Penn State University, State College, one of more than 2 dozen on campus.).

[Editor’s Note: Supporters of the bipartisan legislative initiatives to expand and update the Act 129 Energy Conservation Program, authorize community solar energy projects and develop the infrastructure for electric, hydrogen and natural gas vehicles will have to regroup with the election loss of their prime sponsors on November 6.  Bipartisan legislation was also introduced to promote microgrids last session.  These initiatives present just some of the real opportunities for leadership on energy issues in the state when the new General Assembly reconvenes in January and all bills have to be reintroduced and start over.]
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Monday, November 12, 2018

PennFuture, League Of Conservation Voters-PA Post-Election Forum Nov. 15, Philadelphia

PennFuture and the League of Conservation Voters-PA will hold a Post-Election Forum on November 15 at the University of the Arts Caplan Studio Theater, 17th Floor, 211 South Broad Street in Philadelphia from 5:15 to 8:00 p.m.
How will the November 6 election results impact environmental policymaking and what should we expect in the coming years?  
Join PennFuture and Conservation Voters of Pennsylvania for the evening to discuss the results of the recent elections and what it means for environmental protection and climate action.
In addition to hearing from PennFuture President and CEO Jacquelyn Bonomo and CVPA Executive Director Josh McNeil, you will have the chance to listen to an engaging discussion during two portions of the event.
The first half of the program will be moderated by Susan Phillips, Reporter for StateImpact Pennsylvania NPR, featuring Numa St. Louis, District Representative for Congressman Dwight Evans (D-Philadelphia).
John Micek, Opinion Editor for The Patriot News and PennLive.com in Harrisburg will lead a panel discussion, “What do the 2018 Elections Mean for Pennsylvania’s Environment?” including: Rep. Carolyn Comitta (D-Chester), Rep.-Elect Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia), Rep.-Elect Danielle Friel Otten (D-Chester) and Rep.-Elect Elizabeth Fiedler (D-Philadelphia)
Tickets are $25 per person, and $10 for students. Complimentary beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres will be available.
Click Here to purchase tickets.  Questions should be directed to Stephanie Rex, Director of Communications, PennFuture, by sending email to: rex@pennfuture.org or 412-463-2942.

Apply For These Environmental/Energy Grants & Awards

The November 12 PA Environment Digest includes a list of environmental and energy Grants and Awards you or your organization can apply for, complete with the deadlines for applications.  Click Here to see if there is money available to support what you do!

Read The PA Environmental NewsClips You Missed Last Week

The November 12 PA Environment Digest includes a list of PA Environmental NewsClips posted during the last week on topics ranging from Air Quality to Wildlife.  There are many more than you think!  Click Here to catch up!

PA Public Participation Opportunities/Calendar Of Events

The November 12 PA Environment Digest includes an updated list of Public Participation Opportunities and Calendar of Events.  There are lots of hearings, conferences, educational workshops coming up.  Click Here to learn more.

Leadership Opportunity: Competitive Imperative: Choices For Pennsylvania’s Energy Future

By Christina Simeone, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

From carbon pricing, to improving distribution system cybersecurity and resilience —here are choices to guide Pennsylvania’s energy future.  This policy paper published November 7 explores some of the options Pennsylvania has to shape that future.

No other state in the nation—besides Texas—produces more energy than Pennsylvania.
In 2016, the Commonwealth ranked second in the nation on natural gas production and nuclear power generation, ranked third on coal production and overall power generation, had a small (but growing) portfolio of renewable power assets, and was a net energy exporter (U.S. Energy Information Administration 2018).
Critically, maintaining leadership in the energy sector is not a passive endeavor, especially given the dynamic nature of technologies, economics, and societal and investor expectations.
The goal of this report is to identify a portfolio of carefully weighed energy policy priorities for Pennsylvania policymakers and stakeholders to consider pursuing, based on critical needs and complicated tradeoffs.
Conclusion
States like California are pursuing 100 percent carbon free energy policies that honor international commitments and will drive low-carbon innovations in America.
While states like Texas are leading the nation in oil and gas development, providing energy resources both at home and abroad.
But, Pennsylvania energy policies and politics do not resemble those of California or Texas; the Commonwealth is unique. Energy policy progress in Pennsylvania will look and feel different compared to these states.
However, this should not dissuade the pursuit of improvement. Rather, advancement in Pennsylvania requires mutual compromises that focus on long-term growth (advanced energy future), core competencies (security and resilience), and responsible protections (communities and consumers).
Click Here to read the complete paper.

[Editor’s Note: Bipartisan legislative initiatives to expand and update the Act 129 Energy Conservation Program, authorize community solar energy projects and develop the infrastructure for electric, hydrogen and natural gas vehicles will have to regroup with the election loss of their prime sponsors on November 6.  Bipartisan legislation was also introduced to promote microgrids.  These initiatives present just some of the real opportunities for leadership on energy issues in the state when the new General Assembly reconvenes in January and all bills have to be reintroduced and start over.]

Christina Simeone is the Director of Policy and External Affairs at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania. She can be contacted by sending email to: csimeone@upenn.edu or calling 215-573-4096.

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