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EPA Provides Grant to Philly

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administered a $200,000 grant to a Philadelphia nonprofit group this week to help train local residents for environmental jobs.   The grant went to the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA) and will specifically be used to train … Continue reading

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March 1st Environmental Reporting Deadline

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as state and local environmental agencies require a number of annual reports for qualifying facilities.  A few of these reports have a deadline of March 1st.  It is good practice to start these … Continue reading

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DEP Releases Climate Impacts Assessment

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) has released an updated Climate Impacts Assessment for the state of Pennsylvania.  The report is an update to the findings made in the 2009 reports entitled Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment and Economic Impacts … Continue reading

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Energy Benchmarking – Delayed Compliance Date

In July of this year, we reported on the new Energy Benchmarking regulation for the City of Philadelphia.  The bill established a system of reporting electric, oil, natural gas, steam and water usage for non-residential buildings greater than 50,000 square … Continue reading

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Speeding Up the Pre-Application Process for the DEP

Last week the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) unveiled a new electronic tool for the pre-application process.  The tool, entitled Permit Application Consultation Tool (PACT), was designed to make the process more efficient.  According to the DEP, the tool … Continue reading

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Energy Benchmarking in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia City Council passed legislation in mid 2012 regarding energy benchmarking for non-residential buildings in Philadelphia.  The bill, entitled the Energy Benchmarking Bill, was created by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and co-sponsored by Councilman James F. Kenney. The bill … Continue reading

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Using Switchgrass to Heat Homes and Businesses

The Unites States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has released the results of a cost-benefit analysis for using switchgrass to heat homes and business in the northeast region of the U.S.  The life-cycle assessment compared the costs … Continue reading

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Environmentally Friendly Electronics

Electronics are known to have huge negative impacts on the environment.  Researchers from Istituto Officina dei Materiali at CNR and from the International School for Advanced Studies of Trieste (SISSA) may have found a way to make more environmentally friendly … Continue reading

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Permit Decision Guarantee

Earlier this year, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett issued Executive Order 2012-11.  This order was aimed towards the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and required the implementation of a Permit Decision Guarantee.  The order provided the following steps to achieve the … Continue reading

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Treating Imports at Philadelphia’s Ports

Guest columnist, Emma Fried-Cassorla, is a recent graduate from the University of Pennsylvania’s Master’s of Environmental Studies program.  During her time in the program, she concentrated on urban environmental issues including stormwater management, brownfield revitalization, and sprawl.  Her thesis focused … Continue reading

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