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Weekly PA Environment Digest Newsletter
January 2, 2006
(12/30/2005)
PDF Version - PA Environment Digest 1/2/06
* 2006 New Year’s Resolutions
Yes, we all do it, make New Year’s resolutions about losing weight, being more generous or more successful at what we do.
* On the Senate/House Agenda
The House and Senate are set to return to session on January 3 to open the second half of the 2005-06 legislative session. Here’s a rundown of what we know about the House Calendar. The Senate has not yet published their calendar.
* House Committee Sets Meetings on Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Energy Policy
The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee has set the next Energy Policy informational meeting for January 25 and a meeting January 11 to discuss greenhouse gas emissions and climate change.
* Recycling in PA Tops 4.8 Million Tons, Saving Materials Valued at $113 Million
The Department of Environmental Protection this week reported Pennsylvanians recycled over 4.8 million tons of municipal waste in 2004 avoiding over $259 million in disposal costs in the process. In 2003, counties reported recycling 4.4 million tons.
* New Video Explains Composition of PA Waste, How Much Could Be Recycled
A video explaining the kinds of waste going into Pennsylvania’s landfills and estimating how much could be recycled in now available online.
* Grants Available for Historic Preservation Programs
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission is accepting applications for 2006 Historic Preservation Certified Local Government Grants which help teach people about ways to preserve local history. Applications are due January 13.
* High Performance “Green School” Grants Available
The Governor’s Green Government Council announced schools can apply for a High-Performance Green Schools Planning Grant to help defray the cost of complying with LEED green building design standards. Grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
* Fred Rogers Learning, Media Center to be Green Building
Saint Vincent College officials announced Davis Gardner Gannon Pope Architecture (DGGP) of Pittsburgh has been selected as the architects for The Fred M. Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media and the new Saint Vincent College Conference Center and Exhibition Hall.
* 2005-2006 Green Plan Released by Governor’s Green Council
The Governor’s Green Government Council published its 2005-2006 Green Plan which chronicles the green initiatives undertaken by state agencies under Executive Order 1998-1 signed by Gov. Ridge.
* DEP Lists 2005 Environmental Accomplishments
The Department of Environmental Protection this week published a list of 2005 Accomplishments.
* January 11 Forum to Examine Energy Supplies and Technology in Pittsburgh
There’s still time to register for the “Federal Energy Policy and You” seminar scheduled for January 11 at Duquesne University.
* Farm Show to Feature Special Renewable Fuels Display – January 7-14
Home grown energy sources from ethanol, soy-based biodiesel to corn-fired stoves will be on display at a special Pennsylvania Energy Harvest display area during the 90th Pennsylvania Farm Show January 7-14 in Harrisburg.
* Sustainable Agriculture Conference to be held February 2-4
The Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture will hold its annual “Farming for the Future Conference” in State College February 2 to 4.
* Mark Your Calendar - PA Land Conservation Conference April 28-29
The 2006 Pennsylvania Land Conservation Conference will be held April 28-29 in State College.
* 4-H Tree Planting Program Grants Applications Due January 13
The Grants Management Team of National 4-H Council offers grants for youth in local communities, in counties, and on the state level to encourage healthy lifestyles and tree planting. Applications are due January 13.
* Feature - Active Environmentalists in 2005
PA Environment Digest covered hundreds of stories during 2005, but none were as inspiring as those that recognized individuals, businesses and organizations for their positive efforts to improve the environment.
* Quick Clips
Here’s a selection of NewsClips on environmental topics from around the state.
* Watershed NewsClips
Read a sampling of NewsClips on watershed topics from around Pennsylvania.
* Regulations
The Independent Regulatory Review Commission published notice of its approval of the Practice and Procedure regulations for the Environmental Hearing Board.
* Technical Guidance & Permits
The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources published notice of a proposed exchange of lands in Union County. The Department of Environmental Protection gave notice it is applying to establish a Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund.
* Calendar of Events
Upcoming conferences, meetings, workshops, plus links to other online calendars. Go To: PA Environment Digest Calendar Page
* Stories Invited
Send your stories about environmental issues, programs and positive actions to PA Environment Digest - DHess@crisciassociates.com or go to www.PaEnvironmentDigest.com .

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