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NATIONWIDE — A project of George W. Bush’s administration, the incandescent light bulb ban is finally becoming a reality. The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 affects the … more
A looming environmental crisis, both locally and across the country, will center upon sources and reliable supplies of water. Clean water.  Right now, we routinely have local disputes over … more
On June 28 a gathering was held at Lacawac Sanctuary’s Environmental Education Building.  The sanctuary has received an array of solar panels for the roof to help reduce its carbon … more
REGION — Extreme heat poses significant risks to individuals, particularly in areas where air conditioning is scarce.  Drawing from the New York State Department of Environmental … more
In 2007, I bought 37 rural acres in Damascus, PA, that included two post-and-beam barns, a 1910 farmhouse and an old, sagging chicken coop. My long-delayed plan to convert the chicken coop to my new … more
Several people have recently asked why so many “large” solar arrays are being proposed in Pennsylvania—such as the one that was denied its permit last month and covered in the July … more
NATIONWIDE — The regional repair movement got a boost when the “Today” show featured an interview on April 21 with representatives from Repair Cafe of the Hudson … more
The transition to electric vehicles (EVs) has begun. That’s according to the latest Hankook Tire Gauge Index, a survey of Americans’ driving habits and attitudes. The survey found that … more
NATIONWIDE — On April 12, President Biden unveiled strict new rules on emissions, proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Now there’s talk that this will spur the … more
When discussing solar energy systems, the first question I often get is “Are you off the grid?” To which I reply, “No. I wouldn’t want to be; our solar array produces more … more
LACKAWAXEN TOWNSHIP, PA — Lacawac Sanctuary Foundation Field Station and Environmental Education Center has partnered with Mark and Courtney Peterson to protect and permanently preserve some of … more
For me, greening the kitchen is a matter of consciousness. Consciousness about what food I have in the refrigerator, so I use it before it spoils. Consciousness about what’s in the freezer … more
Editor’s note: As the country turns from fossil fuel to renewable energy with an emphasis on electricity, the capacity of the power grid is a growing concern. In short, the grid is … more
BEACH LAKE, PA — Join the Delaware Highlands Conservancy at the Van Scott Nature Reserve for "The Story of the Lorax," on Thursday, March 23, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Education and … more
NATIONWIDE — Thinking about installing a heat pump and reaping the money-saving awards? The federal government, in its Inflation Reduction Act, will—ahem—pump $250 million into … more
Buy less clothing. Invest in better-made clothes, rather than cheap fast fashion that will wear out faster. (Thrift stores, such as Goodwill and the Salvation Army, often have a variety of brand-name … more
The Trees Please project, profiled in the fall edition of the Upper Delaware Magazine of the River Reporter, has quietly begun growing. Members of the initiating group met to identify the next … more
No, the government won’t pay you ... to install solar or make improvements on your home for “free.” But there are plenty of new or improved tax incentives in the federal … more
Whenever I talk with someone about the need to make our built environment more airtight and highly insulated, the question always pops up: “But houses have to breathe!” Allison A. … more
REGION — Housing can be sustainable on a number of levels. When a housing development gets built, a chief question is whether the local community can sustain it. Will it draw more water … more
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