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November 13 – Green Drinks LV – Regional Stormwater Solutions

Join us for a discussion on how to identify regional approaches to stormwater mitigation, the impediments to implementing such approaches and ideas on how to overcome those impediments.  Discussion will be led by Geoff Reese of the LV Planning Commission.   NOTE:  This month’s Green Drinks will be held at the Allentown BrewWorks. More info here.

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Northampton County agrees to go green with renewable energy project

WFMZ News reports: A company has sought out a location in Northampton County as an area to generate clean and renewable power. New England Hydropower Company says it wants to place a small scale hydropower plant in Hugh Moore Park along the Delaware and Lehigh Historic Canal Corridor. It recently presented its plans to Northampton County Council, in hopes of the […]

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Is China’s scrap import ban the end of recycling?

Late last year, the mainstream media picked up on something that had already been causing sleepless nights for many in the North American recycling industry: China’s ban on certain types of scrap materials it imports. This wasn’t something totally new; China had already launched intensive inspections of incoming loads of scrap materials as part of its Green Fence crackdown in […]

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Study finds belief in climate change at a new high

From Carol Thompson of the Morning Call: The proportion of Americans who believe climate change is real and human-caused is higher than it has been in a decade, according to an annual survey conducted in part by a Muhlenberg College political scientist. Seventy-three percent of Americans surveyed in the Spring 2018 National Survey on Energy and the Environment believe there is solid […]

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July 31 – Has China killed recycling? Are my efforts still worth it?

Recyclables piling up in warehouses on the West Coast. Container ships of materials suspended mid-journey across the Pacific Ocean. Do China’s increasingly stringent environmental standards spell the death of U.S. recycling? At our July meeting, we’ll get good answers to these big messy questions from iSpring Associates’ Samantha Wittchen. In today’s economically uncertain recycling climate, Sam will break down for us […]

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July 26 – Energypath 2018 Grid Integration

The Energypath 2018 conference will focus on the theme of Grid Integration. Grid Integration is an increasingly critical issue as the demand for electricity rises along with the growing need for reliable and diverse sources of electricity. Although progress has been made to improve grid stability and resiliency, more needs to be done to integrate renewables, batteries, and vehicles into […]

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Indicators of Stream Health at Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley

Volunteer for the Sierra Club at the Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley Festival at ArtsQuest Center in Bethlehem, PA on June 2nd from 10 am – 5 pm What will you be helping with? At our tent, help the Sierra Club teach children and their families how aquatic insects that live in the local creeks and rivers can inform them about the […]

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