<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Green News]]>Copyright 2016http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/green http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.comen-usFri, 09 Dec 2016 20:23:52 -0500Fri, 09 Dec 2016 20:23:52 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Philly Wants to Recycle Your Leaves]]> Wed, 02 Nov 2016 09:56:35 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Leaf+Pile+Generic+Leaves+Generic.jpg

Philadelphia’s Streets Department will begin collecting and recycling fall leaves from the city’s curbs Monday but most of you will need to take your leaves to the city to get them composted. The annual collection service will last six weeks.

Anyone in the city can carefully put leaves in biodegradable bags and drop off those leaves at nearly two dozen sanitation centers around the city. (Click here for a full list.)

But for those in neighborhoods where the leaves really pile up, the city will use machines to clear the decaying leaves. There are regulations, however, to ensure the leaves are picked up on the designated days for each neighborhood.

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.

People who wish to recycle or remove their leaves, but are not in an area selected for the collection program, can drop off their bagged leaves at one of 23 locations spread out throughout the city on Saturdays (excluding the Saturday following Thanksgiving) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Nov. 19 to Dec. 17. You can also drop your bagged leaves at any of the city's five Sanitation Convenience Centers from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday.

The city will use compactors to crush the leaves. The leaves will then be composted in Fairmount Park, said the streets department.

Leaves can be also reused for personal composting at your own home.

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<![CDATA[Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine Expands to Montco, Bucks]]> Mon, 28 Nov 2016 14:24:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/spotted+lanternfly1.PNG

Pennsylvania Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding said the discovery of the Spotted Lanternfly in 25 more municipalities in southeastern Pennsylvania is cause for vigilance, not alarm.

Citizen reports of the pest allowed the department to expand the quarantine, said Redding.

"If they had simply ignored what they found, that would have allowed the pest to spread, potentially reaching more areas and creating a larger problem," Redding said. "If we're going to be successful in eradicating this pest, it's going to take a collaborative effort."

The guarantied municipalities, by county, are:

  • Berks County: Alsace, Amity, Centre, Colebrookdale, Douglass, District, Earl, Exeter, Hereford, Longswamp, Maiden Creek Maxatawny, Oley, Pike, Richmond, Robeson, Rockland, Ruscombmanor, Union and Washington townships, and the boroughs of Bally, Bechtelsville, Birdsboro, Boyertown, Centreport, Fleetwood, Kutztown, Lyons, St. Lawrence and Topton
  • Bucks County: Milford and Richland townships and Richlandtown, Quakertown and Trumbauersville boroughs
  • Chester County: East Vincent, East Coventry, North Coventry and South Coventry townships and Spring City
  • Lehigh County: Upper Saucon, Lower Macungie, Upper Milford, Lower Milford, Whitehall, and South Whitehall townships; the boroughs of Alburtis, Emmaus, and Macungie; and the cities of Allentown and Bethlehem
  • Montgomery County: Douglass, Marlborough, New Hanover, Upper Hanover, Upper Providence and West Pottsgrove townships, and the boroughs of East Greenville, Pennsburg, Pottstown, Red Hill and Royersford
  • Northampton County: Bethlehem City

The quarantine of the infested areas restricts movement of any material or object that can spread the pest. This includes, but is not limited to, firewood or wood products, brush or yard waste, remodeling or construction materials and waste, packing material-like boxes, grapevines for decorative purposes or as nursery stock, and any outdoor household items such as lawnmowers, grills, tarps and other equipment as well as trucks and vehicles not typically stored indoors.

The Spotted Lanternfly is an inch-long, black, red and white spotted pest and is native to China, India, Japan and Vietnam. The species is invasive in Korea, where it has attacked 25 plant species that also grow in Pennsylvania.

Prior to its discovery in Berks County in the fall of 2014, it was not found in the United States.

Adult female Lanternflies lay egg masses on any flat surface, including outdoor furniture, equipment, stone and block and vehicles in autumn, said officials.

If you go camping or hiking, Redding advised to check your equipment before and after you leave the woods to make sure you do not have an egg mass on your equipment.

Each egg mass contains 35 to 50 young Spotted Lanternflies. If you see an egg mass, scrape it off, double bag it and throw it in the garbage, or place the eggs in hand sanitizer or alcohol to kill them.

If you are in a quarantine zone and see one of the pests, Redding stressed that you should kill it as there is no need to report it.

If you live outside the quarantine zone and see a Spotted Lanternfly, place it in alcohol or hand sanitizer in a leak proof container and submit the sample to your county Penn State Extension office or to the department's entomology lab for verification.

It is stressed that you do not move live pests as there are places in the quarantine area that do not have active populations of the Spotted Lanternfly.

For further information and to access the "Spotted Lanternfly Checklist" click here.

If you live outside the quarantine zone and see a pest, photos of Spotted Lanternflies can be submitted to badbug@pa.gov. You can call the Invasive Species Report Line at 1-866-253-7189 to report details of the sighting and your contact information.

Photo Credit: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture]]>
<![CDATA[Old Train Tracks Turn Into Philly's Own High Line]]> Tue, 01 Nov 2016 05:27:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Phase+I+Rail+Park.jpg

From former rail tracks, a park will come.

Friends of The Rail Park, a nonprofit, take the next step in fulfilling their vision, inspired by The Promenade Plantee in Paris and the High Line in New York, to bring life to The Rail Park.

The nonprofit was able to raise enough money, through fundraising and advocacy efforts, to begin construction on Phase One of The Rail Park Project.

From June 1 to Sept. 30, residents were able to get a taste of what the park will be like through the Philadelphia Horticultural Society's Pop-Up Garden.

The entire vision is for a 3-mile stretch of unused Reading Railroad lines, connecting 10 neighborhoods from Fairmount Park to Center City, to be transformed to a public park used for community engagement. Phase I of the project includes a quarter-mile stretch from N. Broad and Noble streets extending east and south to Callowhill Street near 11th Street.

This first phase will also include streetscaping along the 1300 Block of Noble Street.

With help from the Center City District and the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the nonprofit would like to see the Rail Park become a public park and an attraction for residents and tourists.

Friends of the Rail Park will break ground on the project Monday afternoon with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf in attendance.

The Friends of the Rail Park have support from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Free Library, the Community College of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Asian Arts Initiative and others to bring their vision to life.

The nonprofit said it plans to provide public programming at the park focused on health and wellness, education and arts and culture, and to work with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to ensure the Rail Park is well maintained and a beautiful and public space.

Construction is expected to begin soon after the groundbreaking and finish in early 2018.

Photo Credit: Kyle Huff, via The Rail Park]]>
<![CDATA[Climate Action Group Gets 80K Millennials Registered to Vote]]> Fri, 14 Oct 2016 06:37:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Pennsylvania_voter_registration_temple_student.jpg

Nearly 80,000 new millennial voters could be making their vote count in the upcoming presidential election.

NextGen Climate PA, a political action committee focused on curbing climate change, announced Thursday that they had registered 79,938 voters on more than 90 campuses around the Keystone State.

The climate change group said a majority (more than 52,000 registrations) were done in person ahead of the Oct. 11 voter registration deadline.

NextGen, which has endorsed Hillary Clinton, openly states its lack of support for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. "It will take all of us to make sure we don’t let Donald Trump wreck our climate and our economy." [[396833241, C]]

Of course, just because 80,000 college students registered to vote doesn’t mean they will cast votes for Trump or Clinton come Nov. 8 but it does open up the door for millennials concerned about the environment to vote.

"Polling has consistently shown that millennials are more likely to support a candidate who will make addressing climate change a top priority--- and NextGen Climate PA is proud to play a role in ensuring young people's voices are heard at the ballot box in November." said NextGen Climate PA state director Pat Millham. [[338107532, C]]

The group said it planned to "Get Out the Vote" come election day.

NBC10 didn’t immediately receive responses about the millennial voting push from either presidential campaign.

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<![CDATA[College Students Build Oyster Habitat]]> Wed, 20 Jul 2016 05:42:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000016344020_1200x675_728416835529.jpg Students from Stockton University will construct an oyster reef in Little Egg Harbor Bay, the goal is to increase the oyster population.]]> <![CDATA[Breaking Ground on Trail Connecting NE Philly Neighborhoods]]> Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:01:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000015705856_1200x675_703062083803.jpg "Green space is extremely important." Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney joined others to break ground on the K&T Trail to connect the Tacony and Wissinoming neighborhoods.]]> <![CDATA[New Water Stations Expand Along Kelly Drive]]> Fri, 20 May 2016 09:14:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Water+Station+Image+-+St++Joes+Boathouse.jpeg

The Philadelphia Water Department is unveiling a new network of public water stations along Kelly Drive as the city celebrates the 90th Stotesbury Cup Regatta.

The four stations increase access to public drinking water while combating the plastic bottle trash people leave along the Schuylkill River. 

The new, bright blue and yellow water kiosks are meant to make refilling reusable water bottles easy. The four new stations along the trail are are even pet friendly-featuring speacial bowls for our four-legged friends to enjoy. 

The stations stretch between East Falls and the Philadelphia Museum of Art and are a central piece of the water department's #DrinkTapPHL movement which began in 2015. It highlights public drinking water as a healthy, litter free, smaller carbon footprint alternative to bottled drinks.

The public is invited to celebrate the new kiosks with a ribbon cutting Friday at 2:30 p.m. at the Grandstands on Kelly Drive. Public drinking advocates, such as Philly Water Commissioner Debra McCarty, will be in attendance as well as spokesdog Shorty and Water Woman -- powerful defender of Philly's waterways.

<![CDATA[SEPTA Buses Go Green]]> Thu, 21 Apr 2016 08:24:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000014908672_1200x675_670614083529.jpg Next spring SEPTA will debut electric buses on certain routes.]]> <![CDATA[#DreamItGreenIt: 6 Easy Ways to Help Save the Planet]]> Tue, 19 Apr 2016 03:20:21 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-488398873-%281%29.jpg

Saving the planet doesn’t have to include huge lifestyle changes or big purchases. This Earth Week, which begins April 17, think of small alterations you can make at home and your workplace that will have a positive impact on the environment. Whether it’s shortening your shower by a minute or turning your faucet tightly after each use to prevent drips, every contribution counts toward a greener future.

Take a look at six things you can do now:

Love Your Leftovers:
According to the EPA, one-third of purchased food in the U.S. gets thrown out every year.

Ninety-five percent of the wasted food turns up in landfills, where it rots, releasing a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. 

The EPA and organizations like GreeNYC make a few suggestions to help prevent over-shopping for food. Before hitting the store, check to see what you already have, and try to produce recipes with the perishable items before they go bad. By pre-planning your meals, and portioning them out, you’ll have less of a chance of throwing away food.

Before tossing your leftovers, see if you can take the rest for an at-work lunch, or try using your leftovers in an altogether new meal for the next day. If you can’t finish all your perishable foods, try composting or finding a local composter in order to get rid of your food in an eco-friendly way.

Turn It Off:
Switching unnecessary lights off and turning off the tap while brushing your teeth conserve energy and water — and shrink your utility bill.

“Turning off the water when you brush your teeth can help you not only save money, but it also reminds you that those resources belong to everyone,” said Kathleen Rodgers, president of Earth Day Network, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., that works to spread environmental education and policy.

When going to bed, be sure to turn off electronics you don’t use. Try to take shorter showers and make sure your toilet doesn’t leak. A leaky toilet could be wasting 200 gallons of water a day while a faucet that leaks at a rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons of water in a year, according to the EPA.

Grow Your Own:
Adding some green into your living space can help improve air quality in any kind of home, according to Rodgers.

“Houseplants are a great source of oxygen,” she said. 

Rodgers also suggests growing small potted plants, like herbs, that you can use in cooking. Growing some of your own food, whether it’s a small plant on a windowsill, or an entire outdoor garden, is not only better for you, but rewarding as well. 

“Connect yourself to nature and see what you can produce,” she said.

A Greener Clean:
Many conventional cleaning products contain harmful toxins and Rodgers suggests cutting down on chemicals like bleach as much as possible.

“They’re not good for your water system,” Rodgers said. “They have a place in hospitals, not kitchens.” 

Try to replace some bleach-heavy household cleaners with nontoxic alternatives that get the job done without adding unhealthy chemicals into your home, she suggested. Common household items, like vinegar and baking soda, can be used as alternatives. Check product labels to make sure the cleaning supplies you use are safe and eco-friendly. 

Go Organic — Or Choose The Right Produce: 
Eating local and organic all the time may not be practical or financially feasible for everyone.

There are conventionally grown fruits and vegetables that tend to test low for pesticide residues, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Environmental Working Group, which puts out an annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, recommends: avocados, sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwis, eggplant, honeydew melon, grapefruit, cantaloupe and cauliflower. 

“It’s critically important that people really pay attention to what they're eating,” Rodgers said. 

Check Your Home:
Is your house drafty? According to Energy Star, air leaks in door and windows waste a lot of energy and increases utility costs. 

“If you added up all the leaks, holes and gaps in a typical home's envelope, it would be the equivalent of having a window open every day of the year!” Energy Star said. 

Making sure your home is insulated and using only energy-saving light bulbs and appliances can save hundreds on your electric and water bills. 

Another way to be more green at home is to get rid of all paper and plastic dishware. Always opt for reusable plates, cups and utensils, and especially avoid paper napkins. Get reusable cloth or compostable paper napkins instead. 

Get Rid of Junk Mail for Good:
Cities like New York produce over 1 million tons of junk mail each year. Receiving junk mail isn’t just an annoyance, it’s a waste of decreasing resources like wood. The EPA reports that nearly half of unsolicited mail received isn’t even recycled. According to the Environmental Paper Network, a 10 percent national decrease in paper use would provide an equal greenhouse gas emissions reduction, as would 280,000 cars being removed from the road. 

Junk mail also contributes to an increase in carbon emissions. Smartphone apps like PaperKarma help you control what ends up in your mailbox. Take a step further by choosing to receive electronic bills.

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<![CDATA[Cities With Most Energy Efficient Buildings ]]> Mon, 18 Apr 2016 08:24:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Energy_Star_Buildings.jpg

Owners of commercial buildings across the country are taking steps to make their properties more energy efficient, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. 

The agency says the energy consumed by commercial buildings is the largest source of emissions in many cities. 

But more than 28,000 buildings have earned the EPA's Energy Star certification by becoming more energy efficient in order to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

Every year, the EPA puts out a list of the cities with the most energy efficient buildings across the country. 

This year, Washington, D.C., was the number one major metro, with 686 green buildings. Los Angeles and San Francisco rounded out the top three.

San Jose topped the EPA’s list of mid-sized cities with the most green buildings, followed by Honolulu and Virginia Beach. 

According to the EPA, Midland, Texas, had the highest number of energy efficient buildings — 34 — out of the country’s smallest cities. Sioux City, Iowa, and Martinsville, Virginia, followed. 

The EPA says energy efficient buildings have saved more than $3.8 billion on utility bills — and they have prevented the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual electricity used by more than 2.6 million homes. 

The EPA ranked cities based on the number of buildings that earned the Energy Star in each area in 2015. The agency released its first list of city rankings in 2009.

Photo Credit: Energy Star
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<![CDATA[Philly Airport Parking Goes Green, saves Money]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 10:29:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PPA+Executive+Director+Vince+Fenerty+speaking+at+today%27s+PHL+Airport+press+conference+with+PECO+CEO+Craig+Adams..jpg

Philadelphia International Airport is getting a little more efficient with some help from its friends.

Philadelphia Parking Authority officials joined PECO and airport officials for a check presentation Thursday morning in recognition of the PPA's completion of the first phase of its airport "Arrivals Road Project."

The installation of 1,400 energy-efficient LED lights -- which will save about $120,000 a year in energy and maintenance costs -- made the PPA eligible for a $121,742.30 PECO Smart Equipment Incentives rebate, said the PPA.

"The PPA has embarked on a comprehensive energy efficiency initiative aimed at reducing costs and saving energy in our seven garages at PHL, as well as our three Center City garages," said PPA executive director Vince Fenerty. "We will be replacing all existing lights with new LED technology over the next few years."

The PPA has around 19,000 spots at the airport.

"By changing our lighting systems to LED technology, we reduce our demand on electrical power," said airport CEO Chellie Cameron.

The greening of the lighting systems gained praise from PECO.

“I want to congratulate the Philadelphia Parking Authority and Philadelphia International Airport for their commitment to sustainability and ongoing efforts to improve energy efficiency,” said  PECO president and CEO Craig Adams.

Photo Credit: PPA]]>
<![CDATA[Ever Think About Where All That Sewage Goes?]]> Fri, 04 Dec 2015 16:11:37 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Frankford+Creek+Philly+Sewage+System.jpg

Every time you flush the toilet, you're adding to a problem that old cities like Philadelphia around the United States have to deal with, sewage. But Philadelphia is getting praise for its plan to keep sewage out of area waterways.

The nasty situation can get nastier when heavy rains come and tax the 3,700-mile-or-so labyrinth underground in the City of Brotherly leaving area creeks, rivers, basements and manholes vulnerable to getting flooded with sewage.

A Popular Mechanics article “How Philadelphia Will Solve the Sewage Nightmare Under Its Feet” breaks down what's happening underground:

On a typical day, the system handles about 471 million gallons of waste, though it can handle as much as a billion gallons a day if necessary. If the total goes beyond that, the excess flow must be released somehow. Last year, some 11 billion gallons of sewage was released from the system and dumped into local waterways, untreated, because it was more than the system could handle. In colonial times, it was standard practice to dump waste into the harbor or throw into the streets and let the rain wash it into sea. People figured the sea was deep and large, and anything dumped there would disappear or dissolve. We now know that's not the case. The only upside to the release is that it prevents sewage from backing up into people's homes. Most of the time.

"The only time you'd see that happen is in a hurricane, where, literally, there is so much storm water rushing in, the whole system is at capacity, and it might pop open a basement fixture, like a utility sink or a floor drain, or even a toilet, if there's one down there. That happens in all these big cities," Deputy Commissioner of Planning and Environmental Services for the Philadelphia Water Department Chris Crockett said. "Basically, in most cities if you get two inches per hour of rain and throw in a high tide, the opportunity for basement flooding is likely."

Read more about how Philadelphia is using green initiatives at homes, businesses and public spaces to combat sewage run-off by lowering the amount of water finding it’s way into the sewers.

READ MORE: Popular Mechanics

Photo Credit: Caren Chesler/Popular Mechanics]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Starts Curbside Leaf Collection]]> Wed, 04 Nov 2015 09:51:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Leaf+Pile+Generic+Leaves+Generic.jpg

Philadelphia’s Streets Department will begin 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.

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 -- mostly in northwest and Northeast sections of the city. 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 five sanitation centers to drop off their bagged leaves or one of 23 locations spread out throughout the city on Saturdays (excluding the Saturday following Thanksgiving) frm Nov. 21 to Dec. 19.

Leaves can be also reused for personal composting.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Local Building Gives Way to Environmentally Friendly Airports]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:37:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/222*120/FAA+Building+Material+Pavement.JPG The Federal Aviation Administration dedicated its new National Airport Pavement and Materials Research Center in Egg Harbor Township. The building allows engineers to research environmentally-friendly airport materials.

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<![CDATA[Del. Gov Announces Rebate Plan for Clean Drivers]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 19:44:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000011191156_1200x675_485751875974.jpg Delaware Gov. Jack Markell announced a rebate plan for the state's drivers who buy or lease electric or alternative fuel vehicles and hyrbids.]]> <![CDATA[Greenhouse Gases Biggest Threat to Polar Bears: Study]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 15:55:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-77960094polarbears71151.jpg Greenhouse gas emissions remain the "primary threat" to polar bears, according to a study released Tuesday by the U.S. Geological Survey. Polar bear populations will decline even if emissions are stabilized by the end of the century, the study said. Polar bears have been categorized as a "globally threatened species" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act since 2008. The two main threats to polar bears are melting sea ice and disappearing prey. The study concluded that polar bears would suffer whether carbon emissions grew at their current pace or peaked in 2040 and then declined. The only optimistic scenario would involve "immediate and aggressive" cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said.
Get More at NBC News

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<![CDATA[Camden Urban Garden Opens to Feed Families in Need]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 07:32:07 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010603716_1200x675_454840387510.jpg Volunteers teamed up to plant fruits, vegetables and herbs at 2nd and Kane streets in Camden as part of a new 2-acre urban garden that will help feed families in need in Camden County. The garden will also host activities such as fall festivals, cooking classes and dinners.]]> <![CDATA[Lack of Rain Impacting Crop Growth on NJ Farms]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 21:38:30 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000010565493_1200x675_453694531655.jpg Local farmers say their fields haven't seen any rain, those who have need more and the wait for rain is beginning to impact some key crops.]]> <![CDATA[Pa. Born Falcons Teach Lesson in Conservation, Protection]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 20:01:37 -0500 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 12:27:29 -0500 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 06:15:05 -0500 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 15:58:10 -0500 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.

Photo Credit: Zagster]]>
<![CDATA[More New Jersey Homes, Businesses Using Solar Panels]]> Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:52:42 -0500 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.  

<![CDATA[EPA Debuts New Interactive Park Bench]]> Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:45:22 -0500 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.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>