BE LOYAL TO YOUR SOIL: COMPOST!

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry, celebrated yearly the first full week of May. In light of that, here's some links from the EPA that can help you get up and running in no time:
http://www.epa.gov/compost/
http://www.phillycompost.com/DIY.html
http://www.proprecycles.org/index.aspx?nid=130

And if you'd like to meet up with your fellow composers in your area and get to share your experiences and skills, consider these groups as a resource:

composting.meetup.com/cities/us/pa/philadelphia/
urban-composting.meetup.com/cities/us/pa/philadelphia/
www.meetup.com/it/Philadelphia-Green-List/messages/boards/thread/11296981

Finally, if you're in the West Philly  area, check out the Dirt Factory, the community composting facility for University City at http://www.universitycity.org/dirt-factory

LOGAN ORCHARD AND MARKET NEEDS YOU!

Logan Orchard & Market (LOAM) was started to serve the long-neglected Logan
neighborhood (50% male unemployment + school closed)  while setting a national model of green urban development. Logan neighbors will get fresh organic food all year (greenhouses and orchards), low-cost solar cabins with solar power, market pavilion, the Patch Adams free clinic and art center, playgrounds, parks, green jobs training, and employment. 
At the same time, LOAM will become a regional destination for fresh food, fruit and berry nursery, flowers, crafts, beautiful paths and recreation. Tourists and con

To raise awareness, Paul Glover is announcing the MEET, GREET, EAT event at the Logan Orchard and Market this Wednesday. You're invited to brainstorm on May 6 at 2pm at the Logan library, 1333 Wagner Ave.  Afterward  at 4pm, tour  the Logan Triangle starting at  N. 9th St. & W. Loudon St. At 7:30pm there's a LOAM potluck meeting at 201 West Albanus Street. near the Triangle.

MORE INFO:  Call 215 805-8330 or http://www.paulglover.org/
FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/logan.loam 

DRILL THE ARCTIC? HELL NO!

File this under Incredibly Bad and Shortsighted Ideas: according to  an Energy Department
advisory council,  the U.S. should immediately start drilling for oil in the Arctic waters off of Alaska, in order to avoid relying on foreign oil in the future. The Arctic holds 1/4th of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas deposits which could yield 35 billion barrels, or only 5 years’ worth of U.S. oil consumption and 15 years of U.S. imports.

Coincidentally (and I hope sarcasm comes across here), the study just happened to be produced by the National Petroleum Council at the specific request of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz. Cat minding the canary, anyone?

READ THE ARTICLE HERE: http://time.com/3761144/arctic-drilling-shale-oil/?xid=gonewsedit&google_editors_picks=true

BECOME A WASTE WATCHER!

The City needs you to put down that hoagie and watch our waste! The Mayor's Office of
Sustainability, in partnership with the LOVE Run and the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service, needs a team of Waste Watchers; volunteers who help educate race attendees about recycling and compost while also keeping LOVE Run waste out of local landfills. 

At key locations like the race Start/Finish, water stops and spectator areas, Waste Watcher volunteers will help event-goers sort their trash, recycling, and compost into the right containers.

DATE: Sunday, March 29, 2015.  Two shifts: 6:30 AM to 11 AM  |   8:30 AM to 1 PM
LOCATION:  The Philadelphia Art Museum, Eakins Oval
REGISTER: www.tinyurl.com/wwLOVErun
MORE INFO: http://www.cgiracing.com/theloverun/
Facebook: WasteWatchersPHL
Twitter: @wastewatcherphl

JOIN THE DVRPC WORK GROUP MEETING!

Save the date for the upcoming DVRPC EJ Work Group meeting! Their next event will focus on the intersection of infrastructure, urban greening, and equity. Joining them will be Julianne Schieffer, Regional Urban Forester, Penn State Extension and Andrew Kricun, P.E., Executive Director of the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. A full meeting agenda will be available soon.

DATE: March 24, 2015  |  Breakfast: 8:45 AM | Meeting: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
LOCATION: DVRPC Conference Center, 190 N. Independence Mall West, 8th Fl.  | Philadelphia, PA 19106
RSVP to Jane Meconi, Public Involvement Manager at  jmeconi@dvrpc.org 
MORE INFO: 215-238-2871

SOLID WASTE CONFERENCE AT THE RADISSON

The International Conference on Solid Waste Technology and Management will be held on
March 15-18 at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Philadelphia. The conference brings together government officials, researchers, consultants, educators, managers, and community leaders to present and discuss topics related to all aspects of solid waste technology and management.

Presentations will include such topics as energy recovery, landfill issues, state and local policy, organic waste, recycling, environmental impacts, geotechnical and mining advances and waste utilization in construction. A preconference tour of Philadelphia will be offered as well as poster sessions.

DATE: March 15-18, 2015
LOCATION: The Radisson Blu Hotel, 1701 Locust Street. Philadelphia, PA 19103-6179 U.S.A. Phone: 215 735 6000 (800 333 3333 in U.S.A.)
MORE INFO: http://solid-waste.org/2015-conference-2
REGISTRATION: http://solid-waste.org/2015-conference-2/registration-and-costs/

GREEN HOUR RADIO: PRESERVING LAND

On Monday, March 9, The Green Hour Radio team on PANJ Radio will be looking at preserving  to coincide with the important NJ Land Rally on March 6th, 2015.  As guests, we will another excellent panel with Greg Romano (NJ Conservation Foundation), Linda Mead (D & R Greenway Land Trust) and Jeff Marshall (Heritage Conservancy). Preserving land from over-development is important to the health of our rivers; NJ in particular faces severe pressure on its remaining open space.  What are those pressures and how should we react?  What is being done, what are the benefits of open space  and why should you take an interest?  What sort of landscape do we want to leave our kids?   
land

DATE: Monday, March 9th at 6pm
LOCATION: www.greenhourradio.com at www.panjradio.com