Sunday, November 12, 2023

Environment & Energy Educational Opportunities For Students & Adults

Opportunities to learn more about environmental and energy issues affecting Pennsylvania for students and adults--


-- US, PA Dept. Of Education Now Accepting Applications For Green Ribbon Schools Recognition  [PaEN]

-- DOE Recognizes Allegheny College For Energy Savings As A Better Buildings Challenge Partner  [PaEN]

-- WITF: Meet The Lancaster 14-Year-Old Who’s The Youngest Member of US Angling Youth Fly Fishing Team

-- WVIA: Couple Visited Over 100 Pennsylvania State Parks

-- Clairton Teacher Realizes Goal With New Playground For Her Students


-- Temper Of The Times Foundation Now Accepting Applications For Environmental Advertising  [PaEN]

Help Wanted

-- DCNR Blog: Who Will Plant All Those Trees? Expanding Our Conservation Workforce; PA Outdoor Corps Accepting Applications  [PaEN]

-- Beaver County Times Guest Essay: Western PA Has A Great Sales Pitch For Young Workers - By President, Beaver County Community College

Upcoming Events

-- Registration Open For Rivers Conservation Fly Fishing Youth Camp, June 16-21 At Messiah University  [PaEN]

-- CleanScapes Hosts Nov. 11 Electronics Waste Collection Event At Clinton Conservation District Office, 9:00 to Noon 

-- WNEP: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Friday, Saturday For PNC Field In Moosic, Lackawanna County

-- House Committees Hold Hearings On Hydrogen Hubs, Appliance Energy Efficiency;  Consider Bills Increasing Recycling Fee, Study Solar Energy On Farms  [PaEN]

-- Delaware Currents: Lehigh County River Pointe Warehouse Project In Spotlight Again At DEP Hearing Nov. 13

-- Nov. 14 Webinar: Discover Your Options For Land Protection With The Western PA Conservancy - Preserving Exceptional Places Since 1945  [PaEN] 

-- Sustainable Pittsburgh: Nov. 15 CEOs For Sustainability C-Suite Summit Features Practical Pathways For Businesses To Decarbonize [PaEN]

-- Independent Fiscal Office Holds Nov. 15 Economic And Budget Outlook Briefing At 1:30 p.m.

-- PA Interfaith Power & Light, Jewish Earth Alliance Host Nov. 15 Online Discussion - Rethinking Our Connection To Fossil Fuels  [PaEN]

-- PA Resources Council To Host Free Statewide Recycling Webinar Nov. 15 To Celebrate America Recycles Day  [PaEN] 

-- PA Solar Center Webinar Nov. 17 - PA Boroughs Clean Energy Community Choice Aggregation  [PaEN]

-- Penn State Center Pittsburgh Hosting Nov. 20 Student - Potential Employer Networking Summit 

-- PennLive: PA Horticultural Society Seeks Volunteers For Philly-Area Tree Plantings

-- Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Highlights November Events, Education Programs

-- DEP Sets 2nd Hearings Dec. 11 On NPDES Stormwater Permits For Two Warehouse Projects In Lowhill Twp., Lehigh County  [PaEN]

-- DEP Invites Comments On Columbia County Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Compressor Station Air Quality Permit And Will Hold A Hearing Dec. 19 - If One Is Requested  [PaEN]


-- Berks Nature: One Small Girl Scout Patch Inspired Me For A Lifetime - By Kim Murphy, President Berks Nature

-- Reading Eagle: Veterans Among Graduates Of Rodale Institute’s Regenerative, Organic Farming Programs

-- State College Magazine: Protect & Preserve: ClearWater Conservancy, Centre County Farmland Trust 

-- Williamsport Sun - Bill Bower: Reflections In Nature: The Annual Fall Migration Is Here

-- LancasterOnline - Erin Negley: Franklin & Marshall College Arboretum Has 1,200 Trees, 120 Species, 2 State Champions And Is Free 

-- Altoona Mirror Letter: PA Native Plant Society Dismayed Over Clearing Of Forest In Chimney Rocks By Hollidaysburg Borough; The Society Has Advocated Conservation Of Native Plants In The Area For Nearly 50 Years

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal - Ad Crable: Endangered Species Lists In Bay Region Reach All-Time High

-- LancasterOnline - Ad Crable: Hunting, Elk, Geese, Martens, Feeding Deer - Lancaster County Residents’ Attitudes Toward Wildlife May Surprise You

-- Carnegie Museum Of Natural History Researchers Describe 4 New Frog And 1 New Lizard Species In 2023  [PaEN] 

--WHYY: World’s Most Famous Prehistoric Fish Returns To Academy Of Natural Sciences For New Exhibit  

-- PA American Water Partners With Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership To Plant 2,500 Trees To Recognize Customers' Switching To Paperless Billing  [PaEN]

-- The Daily Item Editorial: Protection Of Huge Rivers, Bays Begins Along Small Streams

-- The Nature Conservancy-PA: New Urban Heat Map Underscores Need For Trees In Philadelphia Neighborhoods  [PaEN]

-- Frontiers In Ecology & The Environment: Fostering Ecological Understanding In And Engagement With Local Communities - By Lauren McGrath, Darby Creek Valley Association  

-- US Forest Service: Sugar Bay Wildfire In Allegheny National Forest 100% Contained  [PaEN]

-- DCNR Forest Fridays: A Bumper Crop Of Red Oak Acorns This Year

-- Erie Times - Brian Whipkey: A Fungus And Higher Temps Are Affecting PA’s Fall Foliage Timeline 

-- Republican Herald: Schuylkill River Trail Auburn Bridge Opening Marks Schuylkill County’s Participation In Environmental Revolution Of Frackville To Philadelphia Trail

-- Chesapeake Bay Journal - Ad Crable: Not The End Of The Road For Section Of Abandoned PA Turnpike; Old Route, Tunnels To Become Trail

-- Delaware Currents: Can The Heritage Bike Trail Spur Love For The Delaware River In Bucks County?  These Advocates Think So

-- York Daily Record: History Exposed During Low Water Levels At Codorus State Park; Several Launches Unusable

-- PUC Begins Process To Explore Rulemaking Related To Use Of Distributed Energy Resources And 'Virtual' Power Plants  [PaEN] 

-- WNEP: Kinsley’s Shoprite In Monroe County Flipped Switch On 10-Acre Solar Energy Facility 

-- Penn State Extension Survey: Have You Considered Installing Solar Panels On Your Farm?  Take The Agrisolar Survey To Help Identify Policy Issues, Educational Needs 

-- Inquirer: While Jersey Shore Debates Wind Turbines, Pennsylvania’s Have Been Spinning For 2 Decades

-- Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Welcomes 2 New Local Affiliates - Keep Reading Beautiful And Keep Dauphin County Beautiful  [PaEN]

Public Participation

-- DEP To Hold Last 3 Hearings On Interim Final Environmental Justice Permit Review Policy  [PaEN]

-- PA Oil & Gas Industrial Facilities: Permit Notices/Opportunities To Comment - November 11  [PaEN]

-- DEP Invites Comments On Columbia County Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Compressor Station Air Quality Permit And Will Hold A Hearing Dec. 19 - If One Is Requested  [PaEN]

-- DEP Sets 2nd Hearings Dec. 11 On NPDES Stormwater Permits For Two Warehouse Projects In Lowhill Twp., Lehigh County  [PaEN]

-- DEP Invites Comments On Draft 2024 Water Quality Monitoring & Assessment Report

-- DEP 2024 Water Quality Report Shows 28,820 Miles Of Streams With Impaired Water Quality In PA (34%) - An Increase From 27,886 In 2022 [PaEN-10.24.23]

-- PUC Begins Process To Explore Rulemaking Related To Use Of Distributed Energy Resources And 'Virtual' Power Plants  [PaEN] 

-- PUC Seeks More Information On Peoples Gas Over-Pressurization Incident In Indiana County That Damaged Hundreds Of Appliances, Caused Distribution Pipeline Leaks  [PaEN]

-- PUC To Seek Comments On Updates, Revisions To Regulations On Procedures, Formal Proceedings

-- DEP Posted 63 Pages Of Permit-Related Notices In November 11 PA Bulletin  [PaEN]

Background On Issues

-- Pennsylvania Oil & Gas Weekly Compliance Dashboard - November 4 to 10 - Eight More Abandoned Conventional Wells; Venting Gas; Improper Plugging, Failed To Restore Well Pads  [PaEN]

-- New NERC Winter Reliability Assessment Finds Elevated Risk Of Blackouts In Extreme Weather Conditions; Natural Gas Supplies Still Vulnerable To These Conditions With 'Devastating Consequences'  [PaEN] 

-- Utility Dive: Much Of North America- Including PJM-- Faces ‘Elevated Risk’ Of Blackouts In Extreme Weather Conditions - North American Electric Reliability Corp [Key Issue Is Will Natural Gas Supplies Fail Again?] 

-- Environmental Health Project: Gov. Shapiro Must Acknowledge Health Risks Of Natural Gas Development And Take Meaningful Action To Protect The Public  [PaEN]  

-- Physicians For Social Responsibility PA: Gov. Shapiro's Announcement With CNX Does Not Go Far Enough In Protecting Public Health And The Environment From Natural Gas Development  [PaEN]

-- Capital & Main - Audrey Carleton: Gov. Shapiro’s Deal With Fracking Company Splits Environmentalists 

-- TribLive Editorial: Is Shapiro's Voluntary Agreement With CNX The Right Move For Gas Well Safety?  'We Do Not Trust Foxes To Guard Henhouses'  [PaEN]

-- Beaver County Times: Sunday Sirens At Shell Petrochemical Plant ‘False Alarm;’ Facility ‘Down For Maintenance’ [4 Days Later]

-- Financial Times: Shell Taps Gamers, Surfers, Influencers To Boost Image Among The Young

-- Financial Times: Shell Sues Greenpeace For $2.1 Million For Occupying Oil/Gas Production Storage Platform To Draw Attention To Climate Issues 

-- Protect PT, Three Rivers Waterkeeper File Appeal Of EPA Permit For Penneco Oil & Gas Injection Well Permit In Allegheny County

-- Inquirer Guest Essay: Unplugged, Hazardous Conventional Oil & Gas Wells Have Been The Norm For Generations In PA; We Can’t Afford To Kick This Can Down The Road To The Next Generation - Zefiro Methane Corp

-- Black Appalachian Coalition Urges Allegheny County Health Dept. To Hold US Steel Accountable, Protect Community Health, From Clairton Coke Works  [PaEN]

-- The Allegheny Front - Reid Frazier: Outside Coal & Steel Conference, Residents Rally Against Pollution In Pittsburgh

-- WPXI: Environmental Groups Rally For Environmental Justice At Coke, Coal & Steel Industries Conference In Pittsburgh

-- National Environmental Justice Art Campaign - We Refuse To Die - Launching In Pittsburgh Area  [PaEN]

-- DEP To Hold Last 3 Hearings On Interim Final Environmental Justice Permit Review Policy  [PaEN]

-- Erie Times: Why Gov. Shapiro’s High-Wire Act On RGGI Is Coming To An End 

-- Utility Dive: EPA Official Says Power Plant Carbon Rule May Need Changes As Groups Stress Grid Reliability Concerns

-- WPSU: Unique Duplex Retrofit In State College Promotes Sustainability And Affordability

-- Yale Climate Connections: Can We Still Avoid 1.5 Degrees C Of Global Warming?  [Spoiler - Not Impossible… Yet]

-- AP: Earth Just Experienced The Hottest 12 Months Ever Recorded

-- Bloomberg: First Commercial Carbon-Sucking Facility In US Opens In California

-- The Center Square: Electronics Waste Recycling Struggles Drawing State’s Attention

Visit the PA Parks & Forests Foundation’s Events webpage and DCNR’s Calendar of Events for activities happening near you.

Visit DEP’s Teaching Green webpage to learn about more environmental education resources.

Visit the PA Environment Digest Calendar Of Events for more opportunities.

[Posted: November 12, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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