Sustainable 2012: An Eco-Expo to start a green new year

Looking to brush up on eco-friendly practices in the new year? Then join Congregation Beth Or this Sunday, January 22 at their Eco-Expo

A day-long celebration of sustainability, this free, non-religious event features more than 30 environmentally-friendly exhibitors in renewable energy, composting, agriculture, transportation and more. A LEED-certified architect, will be offering green construction and renovation tips at a special “Ask the Architect” booth and there will be activities for kids, like paper-making and seed-planting.

The expo is also hosting various speakers, including the keynote Michel Krancer, Pennsylvania’s secretary for environmental protection, who’ll talk about the controversial natural gas drilling happening in the state.

And don’t forget to bring your alkaline batteries and hard-to-recycle packaging materials, like Styrofoam, for the special recycling collection. 

For a full list of speakers and times, visit here. The Eco-Expo is happening Sunday, January 22, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Congregation Beth Or (239 Welsh Rd., Maple Glen, Pa.) 

- Anna Louise Neiger

Fracking Lesson: Temple brings arts and sciences symposium on natural gas drilling to Philly

Fracking—the controversial natural gas drilling technique is constantly in Philadelphia news. But what do you really know about the issue? In an effort to bring some clarity to what fracking is and how it’s affecting Pennsylvania, Temple Gallery, in conjunction with the Center for Natural Resources Development and Protection is holding a day-long conference today, November 4.

The Marcellus Shale Symposium: Between Arts and Sciences is an opportunity to hear all sides of the complicated issue. Interact with scientists, artists and historians throughout the day as they talk about the production, utilization and management of the natural resource.

Speakers will include Brian Black, who will discuss Pennsylvania’s more than 200 years of mining policies and practices. And Jennie Shanker a potter whose work is on display at the Temple Gallery uses Pennsylvania shale and clay to bring an artist’s perspective to the issue.

The Marcellus Shale Symposium: Between Arts and Science is the first of many programs being offered by Temple Gallery that deal with local and international issues. For more information and to see the list of speakers, visit here.

The Marcellus Shale Symposium: Between Arts and Science
Friday, November 4, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 2001 North 13th St.

Stepping on the Gas: West Philly dynamo/water activist Iris Marie Bloom leads the local charge against environmentally irresponsible drilling.

Iris Marie Bloom is busy. Seriously busy. The night before we meet near her West Philadelphia home, she was in Warminster, screening a documentary and organizing residents. Three days before, she was at a rally in Harrisburg. As we talk, she occasionally checks the time; she has another interview that morning, and after that, her weekly radio show.

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Film Review: Gasland

Ready to be outraged? The devastation chronicled in Josh Fox’s documentary Gasland hits very close to home. Offered almost $100,000 dollars for drilling rights to his family’s land in northeast Pennsylvania, Fox sets off on a mission to discover how the extraction of natural gas affects local water supplies and residents’ health. The news isn’t good.
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