Lansdowne Environmental E-News – June 6, 2011

Hello Lansdowners,

First, a big welcome to the folks who are new to this email list. Many signed up at my table at the Farmer’s Market Saturday — and several more of you stopped by to say hello.

So here’s what’s going on environmentally in Lansdowne:

Yard Waste Wednesday!

Yup, this Wednesday is a collection day. Get those cans and huge paper bags out to the curb bright and early Wednesday morning (or Tuesday night….but not before, please). Alert: the next collection is in 3 weeks, June 29th. It’s not every 2 weeks, it’s twice a month. So be sure to look at your magnet with the dates and plan accordingly. This program is a great success in Lansdowne, and your participation means less $ charged to all of us by the County, who charges us by the ton for our trash. So put all your twigs, last year’s dead plant in hardened potting soil, clippings, etc. directly in a trash can or in one of those big paper yard bags, where it all goes to an organic site instead of the landfill and our wallets. And I probably don’t need to remind you but: no plastic bags. They are not biodegradable/mulchable. The crew will leave them behind.

EnergyWorks – Home Energy Efficiency Improvement program

Some of you may have chatted with Tanya from EnergyWorks at the Farmer’s Market Saturday. She’s a representative for a great federally funded program that I’ve mentioned here before, that helps homeowners make their homes more energy efficient so you lower your heating and cooling bills. They’re having a time-limited special on home energy audits (just $150!), and I know several of you contacted EnergyWorks to get the ball rolling. Tanya mentioned to me on Saturday that someone called and left a message, but not their name or phone number. So if you called and haven’t heard back, please call again! She’s happy to talk with you about the program. 215-609-1052.

Marcellus Shale Forum at The Academy of Natural Sciences

While the Marcellus Shale debate might not seem to directly impact Lansdowne, it is relevant to us. For those who want to learn more, you can attend a free event Wednesday night. All the info is below. (And thanks, Dave, for sharing this with me – and the list.)

Take care,


Barbara Silzle
Lansdowne Borough Council
Chair, Environment Committee




Please join Clean Air Council, The Community Action Forum on Marcellus Shale, and The Academy of Natural Sciences for an educational forum about drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale. The forum will provide a broad and diverse overview of the environmental, health, and economic issues related to the natural gas boom that is currently taking place throughout Pennsylvania.

The evening will feature presentations from a panel of experts representing the fields of environmental stewardship, public policy, energy production and government regulation.

Featured speakers will include:

  • Mr. Joseph O. Minott, Esq., Executive Director – Clean Air Council
  • The Honorable Michael Krancer, Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Dr. David Velinsky, Vice President of the Patrick Center for Environmental Research at the Academy of Natural Sciences
  • The Honorable P. Michael Sturla, Pennsylvania State Representative (D), 96th Legislative District
  • Mr. Brian Grove, Director of Corporate Development for Northeast Pennsylvania for Chesapeake Energy
  • Mr. Richard V. Pepino, Deputy Director for Communication Outreach at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology

Time will be set aside for questions from the audience.

Please register for the event at:

The event is free and open to the public.

Date: Wednesday – June 8, 2011

Time: 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm Reception

6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Panel / Q&A

Location: The Academy of Natural Sciences

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia, PA 19103

(215) 299-1000


For additional information, please contact:


Jason A. Rash, Esq.

Clean Air Council

(215) 567-4004

[email protected]


Roland Wall, Executive Director

Center for Environmental Policy

Academy of Natural Sciences

(215) 299-1000

[email protected]

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