<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Green News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/green http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Fri, 22 May 2015 13:54:09 -0400 Fri, 22 May 2015 13:54:09 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Pa. Born Falcons Teach Lesson in Conservation, Protection]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 21:01:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010476055_1200x675_449002563764.jpg Two of three peregrine falcons that hatched on the ledge of an office building helped teach a lesson in conservation and protection in Pennsylvania's capitol Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[Philly's the Best at Bathroom Recycling]]> Wed, 06 May 2015 13:27:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/recycle-bins-generic.jpg

What Philadelphians are doing in the restroom is being recognized.

The City of Brotherly Love has officially topped the list as America’s best recycling bathroom city, beating its top two competitors New York and San Francisco, according to the online survey Unilever Recycling Index.

The nationwide survey, conducted by consumer goods company Unilever, found that more than half of the city's residents recycle their empty bathroom and beauty products.

The City of Brotherly Love came out on top with 52 percent of residents reported recycling, according to the survey. New York took second place with San Francisco following its lead.

Atlanta had the worst bathroom recycling score with only 23 percent of residents reported recycling their empty shampoo bottles. 

The survey also found that parents and men are more likely to recycle bathroom goods and empty bottles in comparison to their counterparts. 

The average nationwide statistic shows Americans are more likely to get a drink, charge their phones or answer a phone call than toss their empty bathroom products in the recycling bin. 



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<![CDATA[New Jersey Recycling System Increases Tonnage]]> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:15:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010142614_1200x675_434969667571.jpg A new recycling system will be unveiled Monday in Mount Holly, Burlington County at the Occupational Training Center. The new process will be able to take care of 35 tons per hour.]]> <![CDATA[Montco Launches Bike Share on Trails]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 16:58:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/175*120/Zagster+Montgomery+County+Bike+Share.JPG

Bicycle, bicycle, want to ride a bicycle? Well you now can along Montgomery County trails even if you don’t own a bike.

The county joined Zagster to launch Wednesday a pilot bike share program along trails that offers docking stations at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park in Oaks, and the Pennypack Trail just off Huntingdon Pike in Lower Moreland.

"This program will give those without bicycles, or those who might decide on the spur of the moment to ride, an opportunity to enjoy our 60 miles of trails throughout the county,” county commissioner commissioners Valerie Arkoosh said.

And the program, which includes 12 bikes, is set to be expanded.

“We currently have 10 additional miles of trails under design or construction in the county, so this program is being launched at exactly the right time,” commissioner Bruce Castor said.

The Zagster mobile app serves as the key to the program. It costs $5 an hour and up to $25 for a day – bikes not returned within 24 hours will get an extra $25 late fee.



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<![CDATA[More New Jersey Homes, Businesses Using Solar Panels]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:52:42 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thompson+solar+panels.jpg

The number of solar panel installations in New Jersey may have hit the 34 thousand mark based on state Board of Public Utilities figures.

As of mid-February there were 33,927 business and home solar arrays across the Garden State, but companies such as Vivint, NRG and SolarCity have been installing systems on a daily basis as their popularity has exploded with the help of a thirty percent federal tax credit.

"I saw everybody else getting it so I figured something must be good about it," Sayreville homeowner John Kaba told News4NewYork about his decision to go solar.

In Sayreville, more than three hundred homes have solar on their rooftops, this in a mixed blue collar and middle class community.

And while many people say they made the decision because of concerns over global warming, NRG spokesman Erik Linden said most people do it to save money.

Barry Waldman got a lease deal from NRG this past winter for his Sayreville home, and said he was told he should see savings of about twenty percent over the course of a year.

"I'm going to retire soon so I wanted a fixed cost where it's gonna be the same amount of obey practically every month," Waldman said.

The number of solar installations is spread across the state as politics doesn't appear to be an issue. The leading county, with more than five thousand solar rooftops, is Ocean, one of the most politically conservative counties in the state.  

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<![CDATA[EPA Debuts New Interactive Park Bench]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:45:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Independence-Hall.jpg The new bench will be at the Independence National Historic Park starting Tuesday and will be able to monitor air quality and weather.

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<![CDATA[Del. Service Week Ends with River Cleaning]]> Sat, 18 Apr 2015 07:21:43 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010067916_1200x675_430105155828.jpg Delaware's Brandywine and Christina rivers will get some much need tlc Saturday as volunteers are set to clean the surrounding water areas to culminate the state's Service Week.]]> <![CDATA[Middle School Recognized for Helping the Environment]]> Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:19:56 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/the+stain+of+war+children+sign+04152015.JPG The Henry C. Beck Middle School in Cherry Hill was awarded a giant check for $5000 for an environmental project the school was involved in to come up with ways to reduce plastic use and control outdoor air quality.

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<![CDATA[SEPTA to Green 69th Street Terminal]]> Mon, 13 Apr 2015 10:17:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Upper+Darby+Generic+69th+Street.JPG

Improvements and green initiatives are coming to one of the Philadelphia region’s busiest public transportation hubs.

Politicians will join SEPTA officials Monday morning to announce improvements to the Authority’s 69th Street Transportation Center in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania.

The terminal where multiple bus and trolley lines as well at the Market-Frankford subway and Norristown High Speed Line pass through currently serves nearly 35,000 people daily, according to SEPTA.

SEPTA plans to use $19.6 million "Rebuilding the Future" program to improve daily bus and trolley service at the West Terminal by increasing efficiency with green roofs and a green wall as well as improving the passenger waiting area.



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<![CDATA[8th-Annual Philly Spring Cleanup Coming]]> Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:28:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Philly-Spring-Cleanup-4.jpg Philadelphia leaders spoke of plans for the 8th-Annual Philly Spring Cleanup where communities will work hand-in-hand with city departments to get things looking good.]]> <![CDATA[400 Gallons of Oil Spill Into Delaware River]]> Tue, 10 Mar 2015 17:24:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/182*120/Pennsville+Oil+Spill+Delaware+River.JPG

Hundreds of gallons of oil that spilled into the Delaware River earlier this week washed up in New Jersey Tuesday.

The U.S. Coast Guard opened a report on the spill by the Pennsville Boat Ramp of Riviera Drive — south of the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Pennsville.

Pennsville Police said "evidence of oil has started to wash up on Pennsville Beach."

Between 400 and 500 gallons of oil spilled near Wilmington Monday during fueling of a barge then washed up in New Jersey on Tuesday, said the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Witnesses said there was a strong odor from the spill.

Officials said the globs oil likely won't pose any serious threat to humans or wildlife.

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<![CDATA[Philly Fed Burning Cash to Power Homes]]> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 06:24:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Fed+Reserve+Philly+Money+Shred+Fire+composite.jpg

It may be the only time you’d want to see cash go up in flames.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia is literally burning tons of paper money to power local homes and businesses.

“This program is important because rather than sitting in a landfill, our currency shred is now being recycled and turned into electricity, providing power to residents of the Delaware Valley,” said Jake Lofton, an officer in the Fed’s Cash Services Department.

Every month the Fed shreds an average of 16 tons of currency at its facility in Old City Philadelphia, Lofton said. Its money that’s been worn out and needs to be taken out of circulation.

The life span for different bills varies from about 3 and a half years for $50 bills to 7 and a half years for $20s and 15 years for $100 bills, according to the bank.

The shredded cash is then taken to an energy-from-waste plant in Chester, Pennsylvania, burned and the steam generated from the process produces electricity.

“The shredded currency generates 110,000 kWh of renewable electricity each year — enough to power 115 homes for a month,” Lofton said.

The cash-for-energy burn started in 2011 when the Fed started looking at ways to become more environmentally friendly, Lofton said.

For the 30 years before that change, the destroyed money was placed into landfills.

The Philadelphia Fed isn’t the only Federal Reserve Bank that is recycling old money. Facilities in Los Angeles and San Francisco also burn their shredded cash for electricity and in Phoenix the residue is converted into home insulation, according to the bank.


Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[Local Gardens Have 'Best Restroom' in US]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:26:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Longwood+Gardens+Restroom1.jpg

Looking for the best public restroom in the country? Look no further than Chester County's Longwood Gardens.

The Kennett Square, Pennsylvania attraction flushed the competition in Cintas’ "America’s Best Restroom Contest."  Cintas present the award for the best public restroom of 2014 to Longwood's eco-friendly "green wall" restroom.

Longwood, the most-visited public garden in the country, is known for its restrooms which are part of the largest eco-friendly Green Wall in America. Inside, natural light streams in through translucent glass, minimizing the need for light fixtures.

Cintas’s Senior Marketing Manager John Engel presented the best loo award to Longwood’s Chief Marketing Officer Marnie Conley.

"We’re excited to announce Longwood Gardens as the 2014 Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom," said Engel. "The team at Longwood has proven it understands the value of a restroom that’s creative and memorable for guests."

The competition stresses the important link between clean restrooms and customer retention, said Engel.

The nationwide contest received submissions and thousands of online votes for bathrooms in restaurants, retail complexes, running trails, and a children’s toy stores. Ohio-based Cintas — which provides business services like bathroom-design — picked 10 finalists based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

Bowl Plaza in Lucas, Kansas took second place while The Fabulous Fox Theater in St. Louis, Missouri took third. The top three finalists all receive a thorough restroom "Deep Clean" valued at $500. Longwood was also awarded a $2,500 to be used toward Cintas services like cleaning supplies.

The significance of the award wasn't lost on Longwood.

"We are so pleased to receive the America’s Best Restroom award," said Conley. “Longwood Gardens is about beautiful horticulture, being a good steward to our environment, and providing an extraordinary experience for our more than one million guests each year."



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<![CDATA[Philadelphia Hits Historic Recycling Rates]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:35:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008645235_1200x675_357643843736.jpg The Philadelphia Streets Department announced historic recycling rates in the city.]]> <![CDATA[What Caused Schuylkill River Sheen?]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 12:50:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Schuylkill+River+Oily+Sheen.JPG

What caused that colorful oily sheen floating on the Schuylkill River Wednesday?

The U.S. Coast Guard claimed it was caused by runoff from a water main break along 28th Street in the Grays Ferry section of the city.

The Philadelphia Water Department, however, disputed that claim.

"The Water Department has investigated and determined that the sheen on the Schuylkill River yesterday was not related to the water main break at 28th and Dickinson," said Water Department spokesman John Digiulio.

The sheen appeared up river from where the water main ruptured. Photos of the slick were also posted to social media hours before the break was discovered.

The oily, rainbow-colored, mass was visible from the Schuylkill River Path throughout the day Wednesday.

Pictures were posted to social networks starting Wednesday morning and by the afternoon, the sheen was visible from NBC10’s Comcast Center camera as it floated around Locust Street.

After NBC10 alerted Mayor Michael Nutter’s office to the possible slick, the city called the Coast Guard and asked them to investigate. The Coast Guard controls the waters below the Fairmount Dam.

The Coast Guard confirmed Thursday that they responded and found runoff debris. They cleared the mess from the water by Thursday afternoon.

"The water department is not aware of what caused this oily sheen, however, we will work with the other agencies involved to investigate this to see if a source can be identified," said Digiulio.

The Coast Guard wasn't aware of any threat to the public from the bright-colored event.

The Region 3 office of the federal Environmental Protection Agency didn't receive any information about the event causing any health hazards, said EPA spokesman David Sternberg.

 



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<![CDATA[Oily Sheen Floats Down Schuylkill River]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:58:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/Schuylkill+River+Oily+Sheen.JPG

What was the oily sheen floating down the Schuylkill River Wednesday?

That’s what NBC10 asked of city and federal officials after being alerted to the oily, rainbow-colored, mass visible from the Schuylkill River Path throughout the day Wednesday.

Photos hit social media starting Wednesday morning and by Wednesday afternoon the sheen was visible from NBC10’s Comcast Tower camera as it floated past Locust Street.

NBC10 called Mayor Michael Nutter’s office as well as federal officials as we tried to figure out what caused the sheen.

After becoming alerted to the possible slick, mayor’s office spokesman Mark McDonald said that the city had alerted the United States Coast Guard of the event since it occurred in Coast Guard controlled waters below the Fairmount Dam. McDonald said the city’s Office of Emergency Management would also look into the event.

The Coast Guard confirmed late Wednesday afternoon that they would be sending a crew to investigate the event.

The Region 3 office of the federal Environmental Protection Agency also became aware of the oily-like slick and would be investigating, according to spokesman David Sternberg.

None of the agencies gave a timetable on when they might find out what caused the sheen and where it came from.



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<![CDATA[Philly Starts Curbside Leaf Collection]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 10:14:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Barnes+Red+Leaves+Generic.jpg

Philadelphia’s Streets Department began collecting fall leaves from the city’s curbs Monday.

The annual collection service will last six weeks.

But there are regulations to follow to ensure the leaves are picked up on the designated days for each neighborhood.

Rake ‘em, don’t bag ‘em!

The streets department will only collect leaves that are neatly raked to the curb or in biodegradable paper bags. This reduces contamination so the leaves can be recycled. Additionally, residents are urged to avoid mixing trash into the bagged leaves since they won’t be usable.

The city carefully selected areas that receive a significant amount of leaf buildup. People who wish to recycle or remove their leaves, but are not in an area selected for the collection program, can head to any one of four sanitation centers to drop off their bagged leaves or one of 22 locations spread out throughout the city on Saturdays starting Nov. 10 (excluding the Saturday following Veterans Day and Thanksgiving) until Dec. 13.

Leaves can be reused for composting, although Philadelphia will not be hosting any composting workshops this fall. Philadelphia will publish updates on their plans with autumn’s leaf recycling program as they continue to collect the foliage.

Pro tip:

Composting leaves is not easy since they are highly acidic. It's hard to know how leaves will react while they decompose. It's easier for the streets department to collect the leaves for recycling than try to re-purpose the leaves at  home.

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<![CDATA[Philly's 1st Natural Gas Station Opens]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:17:31 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/Natural+Gas+Station+Pump.JPG

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett celebrated the opening Tuesday of the first compressed natural gas fueling station in Philadelphia.

The CNG station, located at 2901W Abbottsford Ave. near the Roosevelt Boulevard (U.S. Route 1) in the city's East Falls neighborhood features full service natural gas fueling as well as a convenience store and Dunkin’ Donuts.

Corbett joined officials from Ball Cynwyd, Pennsylvania-based VNG Co. to tout the station as supplying clean-burning natural gas.

“Pennsylvania has the second-largest energy field in the world, and cities from Pittsburgh to Williamsport to Towanda to Philadelphia are benefiting from our game-changing energy resources,” Corbett said. “The convenience of a local CNG fueling station makes it possible for local governments, organizations, companies and residents to make the switch to this cleaner and affordable alternative fuel. By harnessing natural gas, we are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving air quality and putting Pennsylvania at the forefront of American energy independence.

A $253,000 Alternative Clean Energy Grant and a $169,000 loan from the commonwealth helped pay for the station. The Corbett Administration said that VNG matched more than $422,000 to make the station a reality.

Corbett's administration has put a big emphasis on fracking natural gas in the Keystone State. Corbett said that over his tenure the state has gone from importing 75 percent of its natural gas to exporting more than the state uses.

VNG plans to build similar stations around the country.



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