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POSTED: Tuesday, May 4, 2010, 3:52 PM
Filed Under: Biz | Hearth | Policy | Tech | Trends | Wheels

Here's today's editorial from the Daily News:

GUSH, BABY, GUSH.

The environmental catastrophe unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico can't be described as a "spill" - not when 200,000 gallons of oil a day are gushing from three ruptures in a well a mile below the surface - and no one has figured out yet how to cap it.

Sandra Shea @ 3:52 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Friday, March 26, 2010, 1:12 PM
Filed Under: Hearth | Tech | Trends

Last year, as you'll recall, E2P reported that Earth Hour turned out to be more fun than imagined. Turning off all the lights and electrical applicances in the house sounds like kind of a boring way to entertain oneself, but the secret is what happens next. What are your plans? (Note: If they're "turn on every light in the house," please - that's so 2009.) 

And will Earth Hour live up to the hype this year? (And by hype I mean: "LARGEST CALL FOR ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN HISTORY") So far Mount Rushmore, Las Vegas Strip, Empire State Building, Golden Gate Bridge and other classic American icons of the extravagant expenditure of energy will be going dark for the hour. Might've been nice to see Philly represented on one of these pages - what, was Billy Penn not willing to play ball?

In our email inbox we find that a company called Direct Energy is concerned that only seven percent of Pennsvylanians know about Earth Hour. So in addition to sending out Energy-Saving Tips (these are helpfully color-coded for savings/difficulty) they're doing their part, as are we, to get the word out.

Vance Lehmkuhl @ 1:12 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Monday, March 22, 2010, 11:39 AM
Filed Under: Advice | Hearth | Policy

Our energy Q & A column from Philly's Energy Coordinating Agency has a special expert, Dr. Green, to answer your questions at energy@phillynews.com.

Dear Dr. Green,

I watched President Obama speak earlier this month about the Home Star Energy Efficiency Program, or “Cash for Caulkers.” What’s this program all about – and how can I cash in on its rebates?

ECA @ 11:39 AM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, March 11, 2010, 3:57 PM
Filed Under: Hearth | Policy | Trends
MAYOR NUTTER visits the 2500 block of Gordon Street, in Fishtown, yesterday to kick off the 3rd annual Philly Spring Cleanup campaign. He cited the block's recovery from blight, which was spotlighted in a Daily News story in December. (ED HILLE / Staff photographer)

Two pieces in today's Daily News take off on Mayor Nutter's proposed trash pickup fee from different directions.

In our news page, Catherine Lucey looks at the Recycling Rewards program from the standpoint of the trash fee: Will savings people receive via coupons (in exchange for their recycling achievement) make up for the extra charge for trash?

Councilwoman Maria Quinones-Sanchez, a critic of the trash fee, applauded efforts to increase recycling, but questioned whether coupons would truly defray the added trash bill.

Vance Lehmkuhl @ 3:57 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, March 2, 2010, 3:18 PM
Filed Under: Hearth | Policy | Trends

In my neighborhood, trash pick-up day is Friday. We used to put our garbage at the curb on Thursday nights, but scavengers would rip our bags open in search of stuff to sell (used and dirty Saran wrap, anyone?).

Friday mornings, our sidewalk would be littered with our own trash, which we'd then have to rebag for the sanitation workers to haul away.

Needless to say, we don't put out the trash on Thursday nights any more. We wait until Friday morning, when scavengers no longer have the cover of night to hide the mess they once made with impunity.

Ronnie Polaneczky @ 3:18 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Wednesday, February 3, 2010, 3:23 PM
Filed Under: Food | Hearth | Tech | Trends

To anyone familiar with Achewood, the very first panel of the Jan. 31 strip will likely induce anticipatory giggles, or even guffaws: Ray, the cat in the thong, is in almost every way the polar opposite of Pat, a fact that becomes evident in the ensuing argument about exactly how composting should be done - an argument that somehow leads to Ray convincing John Mackey to have helicopters fly over potato fields reading People magazine aloud.

Ray and Pat's spat could have been avoided if both had sat down at a proper composting conference and got their facts straight. And if a composting conference sounds like something that would only happen in the exaggerated-piety world of Achewood, think again: A week from today, on Feb. 10, the PA Horticultural Society will host Compost Matters, a conference devoted to just that topic that will be held at the American Philosophical Society in Old City. Here's some of the details:

With a focus on new developments in food-waste composting practices, the forum will bring together innovators, policy makers, and visionaries in the field, examining current barriers to food waste recovery, public policy issues, and successful models from the region and around the state. The conference is geared toward sustainability professionals from local governments, institutions, and businesses; municipal and state officials; and the interested public. Participants will learn about current opportunities for composting food waste and how to include food recovery efforts in their operations. Tours of local composting sites will be offered on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning, February 13.

Vance Lehmkuhl @ 3:23 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Tuesday, January 19, 2010, 4:12 PM
Filed Under: Biz | Food | Hearth | Trends

Local boy makes good on the evening news!!!  Katie Couric will be interviewing Steve McDonnell, the founder of Applegate Farms in Buckingham, about how he raises their animals without antibiotics.  The segment, about the overuse of antibiotics in industrial farming, will air on the CBS Evening News January 20 and 21.

As a "New Hope Farmers' Market News" email that was forwarded to me noted, the vast majority of antibiotics used on farms are given to healthy animals. It goes on:

Antibiotics are often fed to livestock to help them grow faster.  However, the antibiotics have created increasing resistances in some animals to antibiotics, and have allowed diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, and staph to morph into strains that are more resistant to medicine.  These resistances are then passed on to humans as they eat the drug-resistant pork, chicken, and beef around their dinner tables.

Signe WIlkinson @ 4:12 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
POSTED: Thursday, January 14, 2010, 2:48 PM
Filed Under: Food | Hearth | Trends
Louisa Shafia, author of cookbook "Lucid Food"

You'll have a whole new perspective when you open your refrigerator after reading this story about Philly-born Louisa Shafia, a seasoned cook (at New York's Aquavit, among others) who says there's much more to eco-conscious eating than organics and local ingredients. Read on for some great tips ­- and click through for more, plus recipes and a related fitness column from Kimberly Garrison.

ARE YOU COOKING with a clear conscience?

When it comes to guilt-free eating, the concept should extend beyond overindulging in fried foods and rich desserts. It's possible to "green your cuisine," according to Louisa Shafia, Philly-born author of "Lucid Food: Cooking for an Eco-Conscious Life" (Ten Speed Press, $22.50), by making Earth-friendly food choices, sourcing animal products ethically, buying local to reduce your carbon footprint, gardening and more.

Laurie Conrad @ 2:48 PM  Permalink | 0 comments
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The experts at Philadelphia's Energy Coordinating Agency answer your energy questions in our regular feature Stay Warm, Stay Green. Send in your question or questions to energy@phillynews.com.


Look for Jenice Armstrong to supply tips on green living as well as occasional columns on the subject of Green. She also blogs at Hey Jen.


Becky Batcha stays tuned for the here-and-now practical side of conservation, alternative energy, organic foods, etc. - stuff you can do at home now. Plus odds and ends.


Laurie Conrad recycles from her ever-growing e-mailbag to pass along the latest travel deals, fashion statements, household strategies, gadgets, cool local events and other nuggets of interest to those who appreciate a clean, green world.


Vance Lehmkuhl looks at topics like eco-conscious eating, public transportation and fuel-efficient driving from his perspective as a vegetarian, a daily SEPTA bus rider and a hybrid driver, as well as noting the occasional wacky trend or product. Contact Vance with your 'green' news.


Ronnie Polaneczky sees the green movement through the eyes of her 12-year-old daughter, who calls her on every scrap of paper or glass bottle that Ronnie neglects to toss into the house recycling bins. Ronnie will blog about new or unexpected ways to go green. She also blogs at So, What Happened Was...


Sandra Shea and the DN editorial board opine on any green-related legislation or policy. And we'll pass along some of the opeds on the subject that people send us.


Jonathan Takiff will be blogging mainly about consumer electronics - those things that we love to use and that suck too much energy. He'll spotlight green-conscious gizmos made in a responsible fashion, both in terms of materials used and the energy it takes to run them.


Signe Wilkinson draws the comic strip Family Tree, which follows the Tree family as they try to live green in the face of nattering neighbors, plastic-wrapped consumer products, and the primal teenage urge to spend vast quantities of money on hair care products of dubious organic quality.


In addition to these updates from our newsroom bloggers, watch for an occasional feature, Dumpster Diver Dispatches, from Philadelphia's original "green" community of artists, the Dumpster Divers. You'll learn about creative ways to reuse and recycle while you reduce, and about the artists who are making little masterpieces from what others throw out.

  • Dispatch #1: Margaret Giancola's rugs from plastic bags
  • Dispatch #2: Dumpster Divers in City Hall (Art in City Hall series)
  • Dispatch #3: Wild wood, New Jersey
  • Dispatch #4: Dumpster Divers award winners announced
  • Dispatch #5: From sweaters to colorful cuddling
  • Dispatch #6: Green artists retake South Street Sunday
  • Dispatch #7: Isaiah Zagar: He's a Magic (Gardens) Man





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