University of Scranton Loyola Science Center meets ‘Gold Standard’ for sustainability

From the standpoint of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, all that glitters is not gold. The gold standard is reserved for significantly “green” projects that meet or exceed requirements for the second-highest certification level on the U.S. Green Building Council’s four-level scale. The University of Scranton’s 200,000-square-foot Loyola Science Center earned LEED gold status. (read more)

University of Scranton wins water bottle filling station in Pennsylvania American Water’s ‘UTap Challenge’ on social media

Facebook users throughout Pennsylvania were true to their schools, helping two universities win brand-new bottle-filling stations for water fountains on their campuses. California University of Pennsylvania and the University of Scranton were the top vote-getters in Pennsylvania American Water’s UTap Challenge on social media, earning both campuses an Elkay water fountain bottle filler. Eight colleges and universities in Pennsylvania American Water’s service area competed during the month of October for Facebook “Likes” in hopes of winning the water filling units. (read more)

Pashinski: Plains awarded $22,358 for recycling efforts

State Rep. Eddie Day Pashinski announced Nov. 17 that Plains Township in Luzerne County was recently awarded a state recycling grant under the state’s Recycling Performance Grant Program of Act 101 of 1988. The $22,358 grant is based on 1,718.3 tons of recycled material in the 2012 calendar year and Plains Township’s population. “Recycling is an important part of taking care of our community and environment,” Pashinski said. “This award will serve as a great reminder to continue to participate in recycling programs that help bring funding back to our local municipalities.” (read more)

Weis Markets celebrates ‘America Recycles Day’ by saying it will reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by 2020

In conjunction with America Recycles Day on Nov. 15, Weis Markets and its 18,000 associates have pledged to reduce the company’s greenhouse gas emissions 20 percent by the year 2020. Weis Markets is asking all of its associates to sign the “20 percent by 2020” pledge, acknowledging the company is committed to sustainability practices that minimize its impact on the environment. With the pledge, the company hopes to increase its recycling rate by 5 percent each year with a goal of zero waste; reduce energy usage by 2 percent each year and replace 50 percent of its tractor fleet with cleaner fuel vehicles within three years. Weis Markets currently boasts a 52 percent recycling rate. (read more)

Pennsylvania Turnpike, Sunoco open 3 CNG pumps at new stanton plaza; CNG now available for passenger, commercial and off-Turnpike vehicles

Officials from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission and Sunoco Inc. on Nov. 13 marked the opening of three Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fueling dispensers at the Turnpike’s New Stanton Service Plaza located at milepost 77.6 westbound in Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County. The dispensers — one for passenger vehicles, one for commercial trucks, and one located outside the plaza gate for use by off-Turnpike vehicles — are Sunoco’s first CNG offering in Pennsylvania since the 1990s. (read more)

Single-stream recycling arrives in Lycoming County; New facility to serve six-county region; program dubbed ‘One for All’

Recycling just got easier for a six-county region, as Lycoming County Resource Management Services (LCRMS) celebrated the grand opening of its $5.3 million single-stream recycling facility and the subsequent launch of a new regional recycling program, “One For All.” According to Jason Yorks, county recycling coordinator, the new single-stream process will allow residents and businesses to combine all their recyclable materials into a single bin, eliminating the need for separation or multiple bins, and also allow a wider range of recyclable materials to be picked up together. Additional materials may be accepted that were not before, including Nos. 1 through 7 plastics, and aseptic gable-top containers such as juice and soup cartons. (read more)

Sustainability Symposium Nov. 11 at the University of Scranton examines ‘green’ careers; EnergyPath 2015 scholarship information provided

The University of Scranton’s fall Sustainability Symposium will examine diverse job opportunities available in the sustainable energy and business industries and includes an internship and career fair as well as a panel discussion about the broad range of disciplines with positions in this field. The event, which is free of charge and open to the public, will take place Tuesday, Nov. 11, in the DeNaples Center on campus. (read more)

Governor announces $12.5 million awarded in Energy Development Authority grants

Gov. Tom Corbett announced nearly $12.5 million in Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority (PEDA) grants to 28 local governments, schools and businesses for alternative and clean energy projects, along with projects deploying technologies such as solar energy, hydropower, biomass and energy efficiency. “We are supporting a more diverse and robust energy sector that protects our environment and uses our resources more efficiently,” said Gov. Corbett. “These grants will help organizations harness alternative and renewable energy to increase energy efficiency throughout Pennsylvania.” (read more)

REICHdrill Inc. has new upgrades to blast hole drill

REICHdrill Inc. of Phillipsburg, announced several important operator safety and comfort upgrades to its flagship model C-700D blast hole drill. Richard Pearce, engineering manager for the company, listed three updates to this model through the company website. “Safety is paramount here at REICHdrill” Pearce stated. “We have an ongoing commitment to our customers to design and innovate our product line.” A complete list and detailed description of these new features and a downloadable .pdf file specification sheet can be found on the website, (read more)

Chevron provides $60,000 for scholarships to ShaleNET Partners

As part of its $20 million Appalachia Partnership Initiative, Chevron Corp. will provide $60,000 for scholarships to the four colleges in the ShaleNET grant consortium, including Pennsylvania College of Technology. ShaleNET features participation from Penn College, the grant administrator; Westmoreland County Community College, Youngwood; Navarro College, Corsicana, Texas; and Stark State College, Canton, Ohio. Key employers participating in ShaleNET include Chevron, Shell, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Chesapeake Energy, XTO and Encana. (read more)

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