NKCDC presents the Rain Check Workshop

Learn how you can get a free rain barrel from the Philadelphia Water Department! Rain Check is a Philadelphia Water Department program that helps residents manage their stormwater and beautify their homes. Participants can get a free rain barrel and/or get a downspout planter, rain garden, depaving and/or porous paving installed at a reduced price.

Register today here  and click on "Sign up for Rain Check" or Rain Check supports Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters program which is working in neighborhoods across the City, adding green features to keep excess stormwater out of sewers.

DATE: Tuesday, December 17, 2016
TIME: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

MORE INFO: call John Tracy at 215-427-0350 x 125

MI Metals Settles Hazardous Waste Storage Violations at Millersburg, PA Facility

MI Metals has agreed to pay a $58,816 penalty to settle alleged violations of hazardous waste regulations at its manufacturing facility in Millersburg, Pa., the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today. The settlement addresses compliance with environmental regulations that help protect communities and the environment from potential exposure to hazardous waste.

EPA cited the Florida-based company for violating the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the federal law governing the treatment, storage, and disposal of hazardous waste.  RCRA is designed to protect public health and the environment, and avoid costly cleanups, by requiring the safe, environmentally sound storage and disposal of hazardous waste.

Following an inspection by officials from EPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, EPA cited MI Metals for RCRA violations involving hazardous waste stored at the facility, including caustic cleaning solution and waste paint.

The alleged violations included: failure to keep hazardous waste containers closed during storage; failure to have a hazardous waste storage tank assessed by a professional engineer; failure to conduct required daily inspections of hazardous waste; and inadequate secondary containment to prevent spills. The company was also cited for failure to properly manage universal waste such as fluorescent lamps that may contain mercury or other hazardous substances.

The settlement penalty reflects the company’s compliance efforts, and its cooperation with EPA in the resolution of this matter. As part of the settlement, the company has not admitted liability for the alleged violations, but has certified its compliance with applicable RCRA requirements.

For more information about hazardous waste and RCRA, visit http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/hazard/index.htm

MORE INFO: Contact: Roy Seneca, seneca.roy@epa.gov or at 215-814-5567

3rd Annual Fair & Sustainable Gift Fair

On thurs. Nov. 19, there will be an Alternative Gifts & Fair Trade Products Gift Fair at the
Friends Center with more than 10 vendors and a fair trade fashion showcase.

This event features merchants selling fair trade products from around the world, from apparel, jewelry, beauty care, accessories, food and hand-made gifts. Vendors include:

Alaffia | azizi life rwanda | fair trade from thailand | friends of UNIFAT | guatemalan goodies I open life shop | rupalee fair |ten thousand, villages | weavers way coop| SERRV and more!

Presentations/skits on fair trade by students from mercy vocational high school, philly's first fair trade school (1:00 p.m. To 2:45 p.m.)"Women artisans of bangladesh" by darlene delapaz, Ten Thousand Villages

Pre-order healthy wraps of your choice at $5 and enjoy free fair trade beverage and fair dessert (for a donation). Pre-order your healthy wraps at http://fairtradephiladelphia.Org/fair-sustainable-gift-fair/

DATE: Thurs. November 19,11:00 AM-8:00PM
LOCATION: cherry st. Room, friends center, 1501 cherry st. Phila., Pa 
MORE INFO: email  info@fairtradephiladelphia.orginfo@fairtradephiladelphia.org or www.Fairtradephiladelphia.Org


Due to unavoidable  events, we are moving the date of November's Northern Liberties Green Drinks event to Wednesday, November 11. 

The event will still take place around the 2nd story bar at the Standard Tap at 2nd and Poplar streets. This date change will ONLY impact the No Libs chapter; all other groups will proceed as planned. Apologies for the reschedule and please email us at greendrinks.delaware.valley@gmail.com for any questions. 


Register now for Wharton's upcoming Lunch Seminar Series, "Sustainability and  Supply Chain Risk," led by Dr.  Michael Ferrari. 

DATE: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 12:00 – 1:30pm – Lunch
LOCATION: 265 Huntsman Hall, 3730 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA
RSVP:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainability-supply-chain-risk-tickets-18743158291?invite=&err=29&referrer=&discount=&affiliate=&eventpassword=> 


Come see how other businesses ‘measure what matters’ and learn how you can Build a Better Business; better for your workers, better for our communities, better for the environment, and better for your bottom line.

  • Get access to practical tools to help you compare how your company stacks up
  • Get a chance to share and learn from other leading businesses in our community
  • Get a free copy of the B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good at http://www.bcorporation.net/handbook

6:00 - 6:30 • Open Networking
6:30 – 6:45 • How to Build a Better Business
6:45 – 7:00 • Experiences from Fellow Travelers
7:00 – 7:15 • Q&A
7:15 – 7:45 • Build a Better Business Now: Take the Quick Impact Assessment**
7:45 - 8:00 • Group Reflections & Next Steps
*Bring your own laptop or tablet to dive into the assessment

DATE: Tuesday, November 17, 2015, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

RSVP: http://forsei.ticketleap.com/bbbnov/details


A Michigan State University research team has finally created a truly transparent solar panel — a breakthrough that could soon usher in a world where windows, panes of glass, and even entire buildings could be used to generate solar energy. 

Until now, solar cells of this kind have been only partially transparent and usually a bit tinted, but these new ones are so clear that they’re practically indistinguishable from a normal pane of glass.

Thanks to Kerry Brinkman for alerting us to this article.