Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Visitors To 3 Centre County Festivals Recycled 5,000+ Pounds Of Material

The Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority Tuesday announced visitors to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts and The People's Choice Festival and Heritage Days recycled over 5,000 pounds of organics and recyclable material.
Broken down by festival, the recycling numbers are as follows:
-- Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts: 520 pounds of plastic bottles, 80 pounds of aluminum cans, 240 pounds of miscellaneous plastic, 2,200 pounds of corrugated cardboard and 300 pounds of organic material.
-- People’s Choice: 695 pounds of plastic bottles, 100 pounds of green glass and 960 pounds of corrugated cardboard.
-- Heritage Days: 80 pounds of plastic bottles, 20 pounds of metal cans and 160 pounds of corrugated cardboard.
The local festivals keep getting “greener” each year thanks to the efforts of the Centre County Recycling & Refuse Authority, State College Borough and Fest Zero (a group of Penn State Alumni, current students and concerned citizens).   
In addition to recycling at local festivals, nearly 200 pounds of unused food was donated to local organizations and food banks.
It was a great year for recycling at Centre County’s local festivals.  Thanks to all of the fair-goers who did the right thing! Look for recycling bins at the Grange Fair next month to help to divert even more material from our landfills.
For more information on programs, initiatives and upcoming events, visit the Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority website.
(Photo: 24th Annual Recycled Art Show, Green Is The New Black, from the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.)

Gov. Wolf: CFA Awards $3.4 Million In Funding For 5 Alternative, Clean Energy Projects

Gov. Tom Wolf Tuesday announced the Commonwealth Financing Authority approved $3.4 million in funding for 5 alternative and clean energy projects under the Alternative and Clean Energy Program.
The approved projects include grants to support the renovation and construction of a highly energy-efficient school building and the installation of pipelines that will bring Pennsylvania’s abundant natural gas energy resources to more than 190 residential and commercial customers, boosting economic development in the areas where the projects are located.
Also, two low-interest loans were approved to small family farms that will enable the farmers to acquire land.
The deadline for the next round of applications in this program is September 15.
“To spur economic development in Pennsylvania, it is vital for us to support our small family farmers, develop of our natural gas energy infrastructure, and help promote the construction and renovation of high-efficiency buildings that lower energy costs and help our environment,” Gov. Wolf said. “These five projects approved today support those goals and will help make Pennsylvania a better place to live and work.”
The approved projects include:
-- Bedford County, Bedford County Development Association was approved for a $100,000 grant through the Pipeline Investment Program (PIPE) to extend natural gas pipeline into the Bedford County Business Park II in Bedford Township. The approximately 1,500-foot extension will make the lots within the business park more attractive to prospective clients while also providing gas service to YRC Freight. The total project cost is $200,000.
-- Bucks County, Council Rock School District was approved for a $2 million grant through the Alternative and Clean Energy (ACE) program for renovation and more than 10,000 square feet of additional construction on the Rolling Hills Elementary School located in Northampton Township.
These improvements will lead to a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. The planned energy saving features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water-saving fixtures, occupancy-based temperature and lighting, a 128.8 kW solar photovoltaic array, and an improved thermal envelope.
The project is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by more than 1 million kBtu annually, and the low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by nearly 54,000 gallons annually. The total project cost is $22,468,100.  Click Here for more.
-- Chester County: Neal B. King and Mary Lou King were approved for a $332,500, 15-year loan at a 3.75 percent rate through the Chester County Economic Development Council for the acquisition of a 41.5-acre parcel of farmland located in West Fallowfield Township. The Kings currently lease the land to grow feed for their dairy herd. The funding, approved through the First Industries program, will assist with the total project cost of $738,000.
-- Franklin County, The Borough of Chambersburg was approved for a $584,100 grant through the PIPE program to expand multiple natural gas pipelines through the borough into neighboring Greene Township to provide new natural gas services for existing and future development including the site of the future Summit Health Care campus.
The new construction will also provide natural gas service to the current First Church of God, the 190 homes within the Grand Point Crossing housing development, and a vacant 200-acre tract of developable land.
Additionally, the borough plans to provide gas service through smaller extensions from the current natural gas pipeline to a hotel parcel and residential developments including Franklin Square, Chancellor Drive, Beechwood Lane, and Menno Haven retirement campus. The total project cost is $1,168,200.
-- Lancaster County, Elisa and Patrick Fleming were approved for a $400,000, 15-year loan at a 2.5 percent rate through EDC Finance Corporation for the acquisition of a 60-acre crop and beef farm located in Paradise Township. The farm is located within the Lancaster County Amish Country tourism market and includes a bed and breakfast that offers educational tours to the public.
The fourth-generation family farm is being purchased from the parent of Elisa Fleming. In addition to the bed and breakfast, the farm raises 25-30 beef cattle sold in the farm’s retail store and in bulk to restaurants. It also grows corn, hay, and soybeans that are sold locally. The funding, approved through the First Industries program, will assist with the total project cost of $947,598.
A full list of approved projects and guidelines for each CFA program can be found on the DCED website. For more information about DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.
New Applications Deadline
The Commonwealth Financing Authority is accepting on a rolling basis for several of energy-related funding programs.  The last deadline for applications for these programs in 2018 is September 15--
-- CFA High Performance Building Funding
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CANCELED: July 27-29 Prowl The Sproul Hikes In Clinton County

The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Tuesday announced the cancellation of the July 27-29 Prowl The Sproul series of hikes in Sproul State Forest in Clinton County due to the lack of advanced registrations. (Click Here for the Tweet link.)
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Kathleen McGinty Named Head Of Environmental Defense Fund Oceans Program

The Environmental Defense Fund Monday named former DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty as Senior Vice President for EDF’s Oceans Program.
Amanda Leland, who headed the Oceans program for the past six years, was promoted to Executive Vice President in charge of overseeing EDF’s core programs, including Climate, Energy, Health, Ecosystems and Oceans.
“Under Amanda’s leadership, the Oceans program has made tremendous gains toward our goal of ending overfishing and restoring our seas to abundance,” said EDF President Fred Krupp. “After decades of declines, more than half of all U.S. federal fisheries that had been in trouble have been rebuilt - with most of the rest on the way back. And progress is spreading around the world including Indonesia, Mexico, Sweden, and Japan. But there is more work in front of us.
“Overfishing is one of the most pressing and solvable environmental challenges of our time and I’m delighted that Katie will be joining our team of experts to help tackle it,” Krupp added. “She has the inclusive vision, world-class experience and global perspective to lead the Oceans program toward a future where we have more food on the plate, more fish in the sea and more prosperity for the world’s fishing communities.”
McGinty, who served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality, has deep expertise coordinating environmental policy while working with stakeholders on all sides to ensure the best possible outcome for the environment and the economy.
For example, during her tenure at CEQ McGinty led efforts to restore salmon runs, bringing together landowners, farmers, and tribes to find a solution.
“I’m thrilled to be leading EDF’s Oceans program at this critical time because I believe the Oceans are a fulcrum for the health of our planet and our wellbeing,” McGinty said. “How the oceans go, so goes our future. We have an amazing opportunity in front of us to achieve environmental and economic outcomes that benefit future generations who will rely on this fundamental resource, and I’m honored to be a part of that.”
As former head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, McGinty was instrumental in developing balanced environmental policies that allowed the state to be a leader in aligning environmental stewardship with business growth, including spearheading an effort to make Pennsylvania a frontrunner in wind and solar manufacturing.
Her leadership resulted in 3,000 new jobs and $1 billion in new investments in the state.
In addition to her public service, McGinty also has significant international private sector experience, having served as partner at Element Partners, a growth equity fund dedicated to investments in sustainable technology and innovation in large industrial markets across the globe.
McGinty has also lived in India and worked in China, overseeing efforts in brownfield cleanup and sustainable community development.
“EDF’s mission to end overfishing ties in perfectly with Katie’s work throughout her career to find solutions that benefit the greatest number of people,” said Leland. “With a passion for working with all sides to find common-sense solutions to environmental and public health challenges, Katie brings to the role a wealth of experience, depth of knowledge and strength of relationships that are unparalleled.”
For more information on the program, visit EDF’s Oceans: Turn The Tide Of Overfishing webpage.

CFA Awards $2 Million Clean Energy Program Grant To Elementary School In Bucks County; New Applications Due Sept. 15

The Commonwealth Financing Authority Tuesday awarded Council Rock School District a $2 million state grant through the Alternative and Clean Energy Program for comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades to Rolling Hills Elementary School in Northampton Township, Bucks County, according to Sen. Tommy Tomlinson (R-Bucks).
Sen. Tomlinson said the district will use the grant to help renovate 54,110 square feet as well as construct 10,524 square feet of additions to Rolling Hills Elementary School.
Planned energy savings features include geothermal heating and cooling, energy-efficient lighting, automated energy control systems, low-flow water-saving fixtures, occupancy- based temperature and lighting, solar panels and an improved thermal envelope.
The project is expected to reduce energy consumption by an estimated 1,118,324 kBTU annually. Low-flow water fixtures will reduce water consumption by more than 53,676 gallons annually, a savings of 20 percent.
The total project cost is $22,468,100.
“We are thrilled that the residents of Council Rock will benefit from this $2 million grant toward making energy conservation part of the anticipated renovations of Rolling Hills Elementary. This brings a total of $6 million that State Senator Tommy Tomlinson has brought to Council Rock. He also helped to obtain $2 million grants for Holland Middle and Newtown Middle School, both of which are targeting opening in the fall for the 2018-2019 school year. I would like to thank Senator Tomlinson for his continuous support of Council Rock. Without his leadership and that of the entire school board, this would have never happened,” said Jerold Grupp, President of Council Rock School Board.
“By implementing energy efficiency features, the school district will be able to save tax dollars and provide a better, more environmentally friendly facility for students and teachers,” Tomlinson said. “I’m pleased that a school in our district is benefitting from this funding.”
New Applications Deadline
The Commonwealth Financing Authority is accepting on a rolling basis for several of energy-related funding programs.  The last deadline for applications for these programs in 2018 is September 15--
-- CFA High Performance Building Funding
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Register Now! Dive Deeper: Youth Water Educators Summit Sept. 20 In Harrisburg

The Penn State Extension 2018 Dive Deeper: Youth Water Educators Summit will be held on September 20 at the Central Hotel & Conference Center, 800 East Park Dr., Harrisburg from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Summit is a multi-state environmental education summit spotlighting innovative teaching about water. This biennial conference is for anyone who teaches youth about water or anyone interested in educational tools and resources for teaching about water.
It will be an all-day event with hands-on workshops, networking lunch, and amazing guest speakers--
-- Enjoy new informative speakers, take home new curriculum ideas, and create new networking opportunities;
-- Learn about current and emerging water issues in the mid-Atlantic region; and
-- Discover new technology resources to enhance your STEM education offerings.
There are two pre-conference tour options are being offered this year for the first time.
Click Here for all the details and to register. Click Here for the detailed agenda. Discount registration deadline August 20.

Trout Unlimited Request Proposals For Acid Mine Drainage Technical Assistance Program Consultants

Trout Unlimited is seeking a consulting firm that specialize in acid mine drainage remediation to assist with technical services for its AMD Technical Assistance Program.  Proposals are due August 10.
Trout Unlimited has been providing technical assistance to watershed groups, TU chapters, conservation districts, municipalities, and other groups working to address abandoned mine drainage (AMD) through its AMD Technical Assistance Program since 2004.
TU staff, along with consultants specializing in AMD remediation, fulfill the requests for assistance which cover a variety of needs in the AMD restoration community.
TU’s AMD Technical Assistance Program will be available statewide; however, projects located on coldwater streams and in targeted watersheds across western Pennsylvania may be prioritized due to the program’s funding support.
The types of projects TU is seeking consultants to assist with technical services include the following:
1) Rapid watershed snapshots: Typically requires a one-time site visit of AMD problems on a specific stream or small watershed (may include water sampling) and review of mining history, water quality data, and other available information to provide further recommendations and guidance for developing a monitoring plan or a more comprehensive assessment.
2) Rapid watershed assessments: An assessment of AMD problems on a specific stream or small watershed that typically includes water sampling (and possibly fish and/or macroinvertebrate surveys) for a determined length of time, which can be implemented by TU, consultant, or requesting group, and review of mining history, water quality data, and other available information to develop a report that summarizes the AMD problems and recommends potential remediation solutions.
3) Conceptual remediation design plan: Requesting group should have all the information it needs to apply for funding for the full-scale design and permitting phase.
4) Treatment system evaluation and recommendations: Evaluation and recommendations for improvement of existing treatment systems that may not be performing up to expectations or show signs of declining performance. May also include assistance with developing long-term operation and maintenance plans if necessary.
5) Monitoring plan development: Developed to assist groups with monitoring biological conditions or prioritizing remediation plans and goals. Monitoring plans will contain instructions for collecting water samples and measuring flows, along with GPS coordinates and a map of sample locations, sampling frequency, and chemical parameters for field and lab analysis. May also include evaluation and recommendations for improving or updating existing monitoring plans.
6) Watershed restoration plan development: DEP requires that projects are located within an approved hydrologic unit plan or qualified hydrologic unit to be eligible to receive funding from the Title IV AMD Set-Aside Program. This type of assistance will assist groups with the data collection and compilation and development of a watershed restoration plan, according to the guidelines set forth in DEP’s AMD Set-Aside Program: Program Implementation Guidelines.
The process for providing technical assistance to groups begins with a simple two-page form that the requesting group fills out and sends to TU. TU staff will contact the group to determine its eligibility and to further refine the type of assistance the group is requesting.
An initial site visit with the requesting group might be necessary and TU will coordinate this between the group and the selected consultant. The consultant will then be required to develop a scope of work and budget, which must be approved by TU and the DEP grant advisor prior to beginning the project.
TU staff will work with the selected consultant to provide services for projects that require biological assessments such as stream habitat, fish, and/or macroinvertebrate surveys. TU staff may also be available to assist the consultant with field work.
TU staff will coordinate each project from its inception through to completion of the final report, thus the consultant will be working directly for TU as its contractor and must coordinate all meetings and activities with the requesting groups with TU first.
Technical assistance requests are expected to be fulfilled relatively quickly, dependent upon the nature of the request, and will be reimbursed upon satisfactory completion.
If interested in contracting for TU as a technical service consultant for its AMD Technical Assistance Program, please submit a proposal that contains the following:
-- Company’s experience working with volunteer-based watershed groups, conservation districts, TU chapters, etc.; reference contact information for a minimum of three organizations, conservation districts, or other entities.
-- Company’s detailed experience developing watershed assessments and remediation plans specifically relating to AMD; a minimum of three specific examples are required and may be included on a CD, hard copy, or website links.
-- Company’s detailed experience designing AMD treatment systems; specific examples are required that contain location, construction date, influent and effluent water quality, and current reference contact information.
-- Resumes for company personnel that will be providing services.
-- Cost estimates (ranges are adequate) for each type of project listed above.
-- Company’s Federal Tax ID # so we can obtain contractor clearance from DEP.
Proposals are due by August 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Please email proposals as a PDF document to Amy Wolfe, Director of Trout Unlimited’s Northeast Habitat Program, at amy.wolfe@tu.org.  Hard copy submissions must be postmarked no later than August 10, 2018 and mailed to Amy Wolfe, Trout Unlimited, 18 East Main Street, Suite 3, Lock Haven, PA  17745.
For more information on the program, visit TU’s Eastern Abandoned Mines Program webpage.

Call For Presentations: PA State Assn. Of Township Supervisors 2019 Conference In April 14-17

The PA State Association of Township Supervisors has issued a request for proposals for workshop presentations to be made at its 97th Annual Educational Conference and Exhibit Show, which will be held April 14-17, 2019, at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey..
Workshops will be held April 15-16 and can be on a wide variety of topics, including all aspects of township administration, land use and zoning, public safety and emergency management, and public works.
Nearly 4,000 elected and appointed township officials, township employees, municipal service providers and others attend PSATS’ Annual Educational Conference every year, which also includes the largest municipal exhibit show in Pennsylvania.
Interested parties must submit proposals to PSATS by August 31, 2018, through the following link: Conference Workshop RFP. All applicants will be notified as to whether their proposal has been accepted by November 30, 2018.
If you have any questions regarding PSATS’ Annual Educational Conference or the conference workshop RFP process, please contact Scott Coburn at 717-763-0930, ext. 171 or send email to: scoburn@psats.org.

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