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Archive: August, 2012

YouthBuild students complete rehab -- for LEED platinum

Monday, August 6, 2012, 4:06 PM
The "before" photos show rooms strewn with trash and other refuse -- old records, a basketball, unidentifiable garbage. Portions of the ceiling -- what's left of it -- are falling. The windows are gone. Into this mess walked students from the YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School. About 18 months... Read more

Audubon, Willistown Trust get $20,000 Toyota grant

Monday, August 6, 2012, 3:43 PM
To many people, "scrub" is just a junky landscape trying to become something else -- a forest. And the sooner the better. But to birds and other wildlife, it's valuable habitat. This month, the Valley Forge Audubon Society and several partners got a grant of $20,519 to raise awareness of the importance... Read more

Moonbird: A conversation with author Phillip Hoose

Sunday, August 5, 2012, 6:45 AM
Recently, I spoke with author Phillip Hoose about his new book, “Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95,” which is reviewed in today’s Inquirer. Here’s a recap of our conversation: Hoose’ relationship with birds goes back to graduate school in the mid-70s... Read more

Voracious emerald ash borer now in 28 PA counties

Saturday, August 4, 2012, 6:20 AM
If you want proof for how the emerald ash borer can leap across the landscape, check out the latest map from the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The small insect, an Asian invasive that was first detected in Michigan in 2002, kills ash trees. As it moved through Detroit... Read more

Phoenixville Green Earth Fest is tomorrow

Friday, August 3, 2012, 2:12 PM
If you're in the vicinity of Phoenixville tomorrow, might be fun to check out the goings-on at the Great Earth Festival, being held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. along the Schuylkill River Trail -- from Taylor Avenue to the Foundry. Nic Pine, a local solar advocate and designer, will show his DIY solar hot... Read more

Just Peachy: Hunger and food waste solution in a jar

Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 9:46 AM
Food waste of this magnitude is inexplicable, incomprehensible: Every year, the farmers of a South Jersey cooperative throw out about a million peaches. Not inedible peaches. Just blemished peaches. And in "throw out," I don't mean compost or feed to pigs. I mean "take to the landfill," which costs... Read more
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GreenSpace is about environmental issues and green living. Bauers also writes a biweekly GreenSpace column about environmental health issues for the Inquirer’s Sunday “Health” section.

Sandy Bauers is the environment reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked for more than 20 years as a reporter and editor. She lives in northern Chester County with her husband, two cats, a large vegetable garden and a flock of pet chickens.

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