Runoff from the Jersey Recycling Services
landfill purportedly reaching Pennsauken Creek.
Apparently, the Philly Mob has gotten with the times and has gone “green” – as in recycling. 

The Philly Voice reports that Bard Sirkin, a Florida-based businessman with ties to Philadelphia mob boss Joseph “Skinny Joey” Merlino and the Lucchese and Bonanno crime families in New York, operated Jersey Recycling Services, a company that leased a 104-acre dumping site in Palmyra NJ.

 Authorities claim he used the recycling and mulching operation as a front for an illegal landfill that took potentially hazardous waste materials, construction debris and dangerous pollutants.

To add insult to injury, the potential cleanup costs for the now abandoned site to the borough of Palmyra could top $10M, said a representative of the New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (SCI). And it's also unknown if any contaminants had leeched into the nearby Pennsauken Creek, the Delaware River or the 250-acre Palmyra Cove Nature Park adjacent to the dumping site.

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 Time to eat your greens and love it! Join the Clean Air Council and your friends and neighbors for the 3rd annual Dine Out For The Environment! This event that highlights
sustainable restaurants in the Philadelphia area.

The Clean Air Council will partner with many of the most exciting sustainable restaurants in and around the city and promote the variety of ways they are giving back to the environment. Their food is top notch and world-classdelicious, but the impact they are making goes beyond food, to benefit our communities and environment.
Restaurants participating in Dine Out for the Environment are of the most sustainable the Philadelphia area has to offer. All restaurants pledge to donate a percentage of sales on October 13th to local non-profit Clean Air Council.


The UPenn Science Policy Group will be having a Panel Discussion on  "The importance of Science-Informed Policy and Law Making" on October 5th, 2016 at 4pm in the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, in partnership with 314 Action

The panelists are:
- Dr. Michael Mann (climatologist and geophysicist)
- Shaughnessy Naughton (scientist and former congressional candidate)
- Andrew Zwicker (scientist and elected member to New Jersey Assembly)
- Adrian Rivera-Reyes (moderator)

Dr. Michael Mann's new book on global warming and politics, Madhouse Effect: How Climate Change Denial is Threatening Our Planet, Destroying Our Politics and Driving Us Crazy was recently published, thus we have arranged for the Penn Bookstore to have copies available for purchase. A reception will follow the panel discussion and Dr. Mann will be signing copies of his book. Hope to see you there!

PS. Food and refreshments will be served!

More here:


This fall, Judy Wicks (founder of the White Dog Restaurant, The Sustainable Business Network and BALLE) is partnering with the Center City Residents Association, the Clean Air Council, and Solar States, a local solar installer, to launch a Solarize Center City campaign in which residents  of West Center City can use their collective buying power to purchase solar systems for their properties at greatly reduced costs.

She says, "Early this year, Solar States installed solar panels on my roof and I am very happy with the quality of their work and the tremendous savings I’ve seen. Importantly, displacing fossil fuel-produced energy with renewable energy curbs climate change and improves air quality, reducing asthma and other illnesses caused by pollution. Rooftop solar provides significant savings to homeowners, while contracting with locally-based Solar States creates green jobs and supports our local economy."

When neighbors solarize together, Solar States can offer large discounts – the more neighbors the greater the discount. Solarize campaigns have the potential to reduce the cost of a home solar system by 15% , and combined with the federal tax credit of 30% produces savings of 45%, and that’s just the beginning - savings from greatly reduced electric bills will continue over the years.

DATE: Campaign Kickoff: Wednesday, October 5, 5:30 – 7:30 pm | 5:30 Wine & Cheese Reception; 6pm program
LOCATION: Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd & Spruce Streets


Make new friends and mingle with old ones at Sustainable Cherry Hill's monthly Green Drinks. Their next event is a family friendly one being held at The Big Event on Kings Highway in Cherry Hill, NJ. Come out and enjoy a sustainably renovated entertainment complex that offers bowling, arcades and billiards. Food and beverages are available for purchase. And as always, bring your green issues, news and events (and a friend or two) with you!

DATE: Wednesday, October 5th, from 6:00-8:00pm
LOCATION: The Big Event, 1536 North Kings Highway (Route 41), Cherry Hill, NJ

erd Nite No. 65: ALS, Accents, and Astrology!

Take advantage of the BONUS Nerd Nite at tonight's PHS Pop-Up Garden South Street! Topics include:
Corey McMillan with "Turning Down the Volume on ALS"
 Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or “Lou Gerhig’s Disease”, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that impacts an individuals' ability to move and results in a 2-5 year survival from disease onset. In the past decade a considerable amount of knowledge has been gained about the pathology and genetics that causes ALS. However, there still is not treatment for ALA and little is known about the factors that influence heterogeneity in survival time and disease severity. In this talk, Corey will introduce the idea of “epigenetics” — a fancy word that involves turning down the volume on bad genes — and talk about the evidence suggesting that epigenetics may provide a candidate treatment for ALS.
Dr. Corey McMillan is a Research Assistant Professor of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Group and Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of Pennsylvania.  
Josh Raclaw with "Language attitudes: How accents can be sexy, impressive, or literally the worst"
 We all place different values on the ways that we, and others, use language. A Southern accent might make us weak in the knees, or we may think we know a lot about a person just from the way they say the word "water'. But why? In this talk we’ll look at the science behind language attitudes, the term that linguists use to describe our common understanding of different accents and other features of a language. Come prepared to look at the language of wartime cartoons, learn the truth about our perception of "foreign accents," and raise a glass to the diversity of English dialects.
Joshua Raclaw is a linguist and assistant professor of English at West Chester University. His current research examines how scientists use language and gesture in their evaluation of high-stakes grant applications. 
Alexis Jeffcoat with "When M.A.S.H. Meets 17th Century Astrology"
 Will you marry a handsome drunk? Will you be rich as Croesus or have twelve kids? Fortune telling games were not just the staple of many a 90's childhood. Find out what happens when silly fortunes get mixed up with Greek mythology, 17th century astrology, and early programming to give you the strangest version of M.A.S.H you've ever seen.
Alexis manages public programming for the Chemical Heritage Foundation. An active part of the geek community, Alexis can be found collaborating on projects like Science on Tap and the Philadelphia Science Festival.
PLUS! Be sure to wear your nerdiest T-shirt so that you can participate in the Nerd Nite Philadelphia Dry T-Shirt Contest.
DATE: Tuesday, August 23rd, 7:30 pm.
LOCATION: PHS Pop Up Garden on South Street, 1438 South Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19146
COST: $5


SEPTA is hosting a “Sustainability Open House” on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 from 12:00
PM – 2:30 PM at SEPTA Headquarters, 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia to discuss ideas for the Authority’s second-generation sustainability plan, SEP-TAINABLE 2020.

SEPTA’s first-generation Sustainability Program Plan was formally adopted by the SEPTA Board in January 2011.  The plan focused on 12 targets to be reached by 2015, and served as the framework for initiatives to advance the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the system and region.  It has become a model for collaborative sustainability planning and implementation in the transit industry.  

It is now time to develop the second-generation plan to set targets for the year 2020. During the open house, riders, residents and other stakeholders will be briefed on the results from the 2015 plan and the proposed planning framework for the 2020 plan.  SEPTA will then seek input to further develop environmental, social and economic sustainability targets and supporting initiatives.

We hope you are able to attend encourage you to share the details about the Open House with your residents, members, stakeholders and social media followers:

DATE: Tuesday, August 30, 2016, from12:00 PM – 2:30 PM
LOCATION: SEPTA Board Room, 1234 Market Street, Mezzanine Level, Philadelphia, PA  19107