Philadelphia Forum: Drilling for Natural Gas–What Does it Mean for PA?

Join The Academy of Natural Sciences, Clean Air Council, and The Community Action Forum on Marcellus Shale for an educational forum about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. The forum will provide a broad and diverse overview of the environmental, health, and economic issues related to the natural gas boom that is currently taking place throughout Pennsylvania.

What: Drilling for Natural Gas in the Marcellus Shale: What it Means for Pennsylvania

When: Wednesday June 8, 2011. Networking: 6-6:30 pm. Program: 6:30-8:30 pm.

Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Ben Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia

Who: Featured panelists include

  • Mr. Joseph O. Minott, Esq., Executive Director – Clean Air Council
  • The Honorable Michael Krancer, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Dr. David Velinsky, Vice President of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences
  • The Honorable Michael Sturla, Pennsylvania State Representative (D), 96th Legislative District
  • Mr. Brian Grove, Director of Corporate Development for Northeast Pennsylvania for Chesapeake Energy
  • Mr. Richard V. Pepino, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and the Public Policy Program Chair at Franklin and Marshall College

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Forum to Address Threats to Water Supplies

Believe it or not, more than 15 million people rely upon the Delaware River as the source for their drinking water, and millions more count on this diverse waterway for inspiration, recreation–and jobs.

On March 10, 2011, a free one-day forum will take a look at the Delaware River Basin, with a goal on preserving the quality and quantity of the Basin’s drinking water.

What: First-ever Delaware River Basin Forum

When: March 10, 2011

Where: Eight linked locations and via live webcast

Who: Municipal, community, and business leaders, and water professionals.

The forum is sponsored by the Source Water Collaborative and the Forum Planning Team (United States Environmental Protection Agency, Delaware Department of Health and Human Services, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware River Basin Commission, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New York State Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protectio

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While you’re at it, why not learn more about the underappreciated Delaware?

Check out our PBS documentary, Life on the Delaware. It’ll turn your preconceived notions about the Delaware on upside down and give you a new appreciation for this amazing waterway’s place in the world. Rather than pitting environment versus economy, this lyrical film is a personal travelogue that sheds light on the many roles the Delaware plays in so many lives.

A perfect mind-opener to the Forum, Life on the Delaware recognizes that the river is at once a living ecosystem and an industrial waterway. Do we have the vision and determination to enable the Delaware to continue to be both.

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Sustainability Education for the Next Generation

We’re proud to take part in Green From the Start, the Feb. 17 Urban Sustainability Forum at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where we’ll be sharing our exciting Educators Resource Center, EcoExpress.

Here are the Details:

Date: February 17, 2011.  Reception: 6:00 pm.  Program: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

How is our region educating the next generation of residents who will be living in a world of more limited resources, overpopulation, and more severe changes in climate?

February’s Urban Sustainability Forum will demonstrate the need for students and teachers in kindergarten through high school to have awareness, knowledge and skills in science, economics, technology, engineering, math, sociology, history, and art to create a new and more sustainable approach to living in southeast Pennsylvania.

The forum will showcase examples from local programs and institutions that are successfully taking on this challenge. Organizations from around the region with formal and informal education programs addressing sustainability and student awareness of the natural world will also be on hand to display their efforts and programs.


Dennis Winters (Moderator) President, Board of Trustees, Green Woods Charter School. Chairman, Sierra Club PA Chapter.

Tony Girifalco (Keynote) Executive Vice President, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center.

With the Following Panelists:

Jean Wallace, CEO, Green Woods Charter School

Keith Arrington, Principal, Thurgood Marshall School

Vera Figueiredo, Director of Community Programs, EarthForce

Victor Donnay, Professor of Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College. Co-Principal Investigator, INLETS project.

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The Link between the Environment and Our Health

From the Scientific American, January 28, 2011…

Would people care more about the environment if they had a better understanding of how it affects them personally?

No doubt many of the ways we harm our environment come back to haunt us in the form of sickness and death. The realization that the pesticide-laced foods we eat, the smokestack-befouled air we breathe and the petrochemical-based products we use negatively affect our quality of life is a big part of the reason so many people have “gone green” in recent years.

Just following the news is enough to green anyone. Scientific American reported in 2009 that a joint U.S./Swedish study looking into the effects of household contaminants discovered that children who live in homes with vinyl floors—which can emit hazardous chemicals called phthalates—are twice as likely to develop signs of autism as kids in other homes. Other studies have shown that women exposed to high levels of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) flame retardants common in cushions, carpet padding and mattresses—97 percent of us have detectable levels of these chemicals in our bloodstreams—are more likely to have trouble getting pregnant and suffer from other fertility issues as a result. Cheaply produced drywall made in China can emit so much sulfur gas that it not only corrodes electrical wiring but also causes breathing problems, bloody noses and headaches for building occupants. The list goes on and on….

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If you think you can’t do anything about it, wise up! Check out this segment from Protecting our Children’s Health: