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Save The Date: PEC Hosts Pennsylvania Environmental Policy Conference Sept. 17

August 1, 2014

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council will be hosting a one day policy conference on September 17 in Harrisburg featuring dialog on key environmental issues in the Commonwealth.Featured panel discussions include—— PEC has invited the four Chairs of the Senate and House Environmental Resources and Ene more»

Save The Loyalsock Coalition Responds To DCNR Public Comment Plan For Drilling

August 1, 2014

In response to the DCNR announcement on public review of a proposed drilling plan for the Loyalsock State Forest in Lycoming County, the Save the Loyalsock Coalition issued the letter below, thanking the Department for acknowledging the Coalition's repeated request for greater public participation, but also expressing concern that a 15-day public comment more»

REAP Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program Begins Accepting Apps August 4

August 1, 2014

The Resource Enhancement and Protection (REAP) Farm Conservation Tax Credit Program will begin accepting applications for completed projects on August 4 and for both proposed and completed more»

Manada Conservancy Presents Crickets & Katydids Aug. 21 In Hershey

August 1, 2014

The Manada Conservancy presents a special program for kids and adults on August 21 called Crickets and Katydids with naturalist Steve Rannels who will take participants on a journey into their world. more»

Help Wanted: Berks Conservation District Assistant District Executive

August 1, 2014

The Berks County Conservation District will be accepting applicants for the position of Assistant District Executive starting August 7 through August 29.General requirements for the position:— Working knowledge of the mission, goals, laws and operations of PA Conservation Districts, State Conservation Commission, PADEP, PDA, USDA Agricultural Agencies, Berks Count more»

Help Wanted: Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Staff Scientist

August 1, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation Harrisburg office is looking to fill the position of Staff Scientist who will do critical technical analysis, summary, and translation of diverse and complex scientific issues, with a focus on issues related to surface and groundwater quality, into CBF positions on policy, regulation, legislation, and for general advocacy. more»

House Cancells Session Next Week

July 31, 2014

The House announced the August 4, 5 and 6 voting session next week has been cancelled.  No other schedule was announced at this time.  The House and Senate are now scheduled to return September 15.

DCNR: Groundbreaking For Kinzua Bridge State Park Office/Visitor Center Aug. 21

July 31, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Thursday announced  work will begin in August now tha more»

DEP Testifies At EPA Hearing On Greenhouse Gas Reduction Rule

July 31, 2014

On Thursday, Vince Brisini, DEP Deputy Secretary for Waste, Air, Radiation and Remediation testified on EPA’s proposed rule, offering Pennsylvania’s plan for how cleaner air, lower energy prices and more jobs can be achieved through a responsible plan for emissions more»

PPL Electric Proposes Major New Regional Transmission Project

July 31, 2014

PPL Corporation announced Thursday that its Pennsylvania utility, PPL Electric Utilities Cor more»

PA Parks & Forest Foundation President To Cycle 88 Miles In One Day To Raise Funds

July 31, 2014

Putting her pedals behind her message, PA Parks and Forest Foundation President Marci Mowery is cycling to support the foundation’s work for state parks and forests with a Ohiopyle State Park to Point State Park ride.On September 9, Marci and PPFF Membership Coordinator Pam Metzger will hop on their bikes and ri more»

More Details Released On DCNR Non-Surface Disturbance Gas Leasing

July 31, 2014

On Wednesday, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources released more details on how it plans to go about leasing additional State Forest and State Park lands for “non-surface disturbance” natural gas development. more»

Wide variety of presentations await Ag Progress Days visitors

July 30, 2014

Visitors to Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, can learn a little bit about a lot by attending some of the many informative presentations to be offered by Penn State Extension specialists and agricultural industry experts, according to event organizers.

July Environmental Synopsis Now Available From Joint Conservation Committee

July 30, 2014

The July edition of the Environmental Synopsis newsletter is now available from the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee. more»

Centre County Arts Fest Recycling Sees Substantial Increase In 2014

July 30, 2014

Approximately 4,000 pounds of recyclables were collected during the four-day Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, a tenfold increase over 2013, in Centre County.Thanks to the efforts of FestZero; a group of Penn State Alumni, current students and concerned citizens, the Borough of State College,  the Pennsylvania State University and the more»

Keep PA Beautiful July Beautiful Resources Newsletter Now Available

July 30, 2014

The July issue of Keep PA Beautiful’s Beautiful Resources newsletter is now available.  Articles highlight the upcoming KPB report on recommendations to reduce illegal dumping to be released in September, details on the upcoming Litter Free School Zone Program for this year and much more. more»

Gardeners can learn to be pollinator friendly at Ag Progress Days

July 30, 2014

The benefits of creating pollinator-friendly landscapes will be the focus of the Yard and Garden area at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14 at Rock Springs.

Food Science student team wins national competition

July 30, 2014

A student team representing the Food Science Department in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences recently took first place in the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association College Bowl.

Gov. Corbett, Ohio, West Virginia Officials Rally Against EPA Climate Rule

July 30, 2014

Gov. Corbett Wednesday rallied on behalf of working families in Pennsylvania’s energy sector. Joined at the Rally to Support American Energy in Pittsburgh by West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Gov. Corbett criticized the U.S. more»

Pasto Museum features hand-on demonstrations at Ag Progress Days

July 30, 2014

The Pasto Agricultural Museum will offer hands-on activities incorporated into new exhibits to connect visitors to their agricultural past -- allowing them to grind grain, peel apples and yank rope through pulleys to lift weights, to name a few -- during Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14.

DCNR To Open 15 Day Comment Period On Loyalsock State Forest Drilling Plan

July 30, 2014

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Ellen Ferretti Wednesday announced the department will seek public comment once a draft Surface Development Management Agreement has been negotiated to protect the natural and recreational resources of a 25,000-acre tract known as the Clarence Moore lands in the more»

Food Science grad student to present research at 2014 SSIB

July 30, 2014

Catherine Shehan, a graduate student in Penn State's Department of Food Science, will present her research on the ways parents influence children’s eating behaviors, at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior on Aug. 2 in Seattle, Wash. more»

Wednesday NewsClips

July 30, 2014

House Will Now Be In Voting Session Aug. more»

Fish Commission Asks EPA Help Identifying Factors In Poor Susquehanna River Health

July 29, 2014

The Executive Director of the Fish and Boat Commission Tuesday called on the U.S. more»

CBF-PA To Launch New Watershed Cleanup Education Initiative

July 29, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA will be launching a major new initiative to educate local officials and the public about the need to cleanup Pennsylvania’s 19,000 miles of rivers and streams that do not meet basic water quality standards. more»

Chesapeake Bay Foundation Provides Summer Update On Watershed Cleanup Efforts

July 29, 2014

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation-PA Summer Update newsletter is now available featuring a report on how Pennsylvania is doing in meeting its water pollution cleanup milestones and an update from Harry Campbell, PA Office Director, on a new initiative to educate and engage local officials in Pennsylvania in the watershed cleanup effort. more»

PUC Reminds Consumers Of Electric Choice Standard Offer Program Savings

July 28, 2014

The Public Utility Commission Monday reminded consumers saving money on electricity can be as simple as enrolling in the Commission’s Electric Choice Standard Offer Program. The program was recognized last week by Gov. more»

PA Earns International Recognition For Strategies To Attract New Energy Investments

July 28, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Monday announced the Foreign Direct Investment Association named Pennsylvania the 2014 FDI Destination of the Future for Energy Intensive Industries for actively implementing strategies to support foreign direct investment in the energy sector. more»

July Catalyst Newsletter Available From Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition

July 28, 2014

The July edition of The Catalyst newsletter is now available from the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition which features an article on the 16th Annual PA Abandoned Mine Reclamation Conference in June.

4-H event brings 500 youth to University Park campus

July 28, 2014

Drivers are urged to use caution while traveling near East Halls today (July 28) and Wednesday, as approximately 500 youth will be moving into East Halls today and departing on Wednesday afternoon as part of 4-H State Achievement Days.

School of Hospitality Management lends expertise to Nigerian food service execs

July 28, 2014

Oluwatoyin Alabi, president and CEO of a catering company in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria, said one of the most valuable things he learned while studying with instructors in Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM) is how to maximize small spaces without compromising food safety. Now Alabi is determined to share what he’s learned with his team back home.

Science, fun merge for youth at Ag Progress Days

July 25, 2014

Hands-on activities designed to be fun, interactive and educational will expose young people to a variety of scientific fields at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14. Displays will engage young visitors in robotics, animal science and health, wildlife ecology and other topics, according to event organizers.

Safe, healthy households the goal of Ag Progress Days 'Family Room'

July 25, 2014

Keeping a family safe, healthy and happy can be a daunting task. But a visit to the Family Room at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, Aug. 12-14, can help make that job a little easier.

State Awards $3 Million Grant For Solar Energy Array For Urban Outfitters In Lancaster

July 24, 2014

Gov. Tom Corbett Thursday announced the award of a $3 million Economic Growth Initiative grant to Urban Outfitters, Inc. to install a 3 megawatt solar array on the roof of its new direct-to-consumer fulfillment center in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County.“Urban Outfitters is another great Pennsylvania success story,” Corbett said. more»

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