Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

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Mission: The Department of Environmental Protections's duty begins of course with Article I, Section 27 of Pennsylvania's Constitution. Our mission is to protect Pennsylvania’s air, land, and water from pollution and to provide for the health and safety of our citizens. We are to guarantee that all Pennsylvanians have a safe, healthy environment. We are to work as partners with individuals, organizations, governments and businesses to achieve a balance in preventing pollution and protecting our natural resources, while carrying out these responsibilities in a fair and timely manner that respects both the environment and the regulated community, and is deserving of the public’s trust. DEP does that for today's generation and every generation of Pennsylvanians yet to come.

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
10/24/2020

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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DEP Increases Permitting Efficiency, Maintains Environmental Protection Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: https://bit.ly/3mdJzPd
10/23/2020

DEP Increases Permitting Efficiency, Maintains Environmental Protection Amid COVID-19 Pandemic: https://bit.ly/3mdJzPd

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educat...
10/23/2020

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in Pennsylvania.

One of the winning projects for 2020 is Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA)'s Passive House and LEED Platinum Tower Expansion and Historical Renovation.

A new 8-story tower and renovated 8,921-square-foot historic Hickok Mansion have been integrated into PHFA’s original LEED Gold Certified building. As the agency provides tax credits to developers for Passive House affordable housing projects, the expansion goal was to incorporate these standards into its expanded building as well. Passive House design is focused on achieving the absolute minimum amount of energy use required to heat and/or cool a building (up to 90% less than a standard building of similar size), as measured on Btu per square foot. Unique design elements include: a thermal bridge free design, superior insulated windows, conditioned air ventilation with heat recovery, quality insulated facades and airtight construction. PHFA has designed two Passive House systems (one for the historic and one for tower addition) plus are also seeking LEED Platinum certification for both buildings. To date, this is a one-of-a-kind corporate project on the East Coast.

Learn more about the 2020 winners
➡️ https://bit.ly/31bFliQ

Apply for the 2021 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
➡️ http://bit.ly/2UIYV50

10/23/2020
Home Heating Oil Tips

Do you heat your home with heating oil? Whether a heating oil tank is located indoors or outdoors, aboveground or underground, spills and leaks can potentially occur during the tank's lifetime.

Be sure to inspect your heating oil tanks for potential problems to avoid leaks or spills!
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Rainwater carries litter to streams and rivers. Please dispose of masks, gloves, and other trash properly!#MaskUpPA 😷 an...
10/22/2020

Rainwater carries litter to streams and rivers. Please dispose of masks, gloves, and other trash properly!

#MaskUpPA 😷 and #LeaveNoTrace 🚮

10/22/2020
PennState Extension: Youth Agriculture Projects and the Environment

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in Pennsylvania.

One of the winning projects for 2020 is Penn State Extension's Youth Agriculture Projects and the Environment program.

"Manure Management Planning for Youth Animal Projects" is a newly developed curriculum, written in 2018 and released for use in 2019. The curriculum is full of hands-on activities, career exploration, and more to help guide youth in proper manure management and the protection of Pennsylvania’s water resources. Additionally, the project team also held a series of trainings for facilitators and youth in 2018 and 2019. Youth raising livestock animals as part of their in-school or out-of-school programs were introduced to the new curriculum and engaged in understanding the importance of manure management and their obligations to complete a manure management plan when raising livestock in Pennsylvania.

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences

Learn more about the 2020 winners
➡️ https://bit.ly/31bFliQ

Apply for the 2021 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
➡️ http://bit.ly/2UIYV50

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educat...
10/21/2020

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in Pennsylvania.

One of the winning projects for 2020 is Borough of Indiana's 8th Street Lot Renovations Project. Indiana Borough wanted to demonstrate that parking lots can be transformed in an environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion. First, the parking lot was repaved to fix the asphalt and prepare for the trailhead to be installed. A rain garden was installed running the entire length of the parking lot with an expanded overflow pipe underneath it. These new additions assist with managing stormwater runoff. The trailhead installed includes covered bike racks, solar-powered lighting, and a mechanical bike repair station. In addition to this, Indiana Borough installed a public-access electric vehicle charging station (with two ports) with funds awarded through the Driving PA Forward Program!

Learn more about the 2020 winners
➡️ https://bit.ly/31bFliQ

Apply for the 2021 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
➡️ http://bit.ly/2UIYV50

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
10/21/2020

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Individuals, families or small groups can safely support our communities by picking up litter. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s PICK UP PENNSYLVANIA runs till the end of November. Go to https://www.keeppabeautiful.org/ to see how you can help. #PickUpPA2020 #ICC2020
Ocean Conservancy
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT)

10/20/2020
Geisinger Catawissa Solar Panel Project

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in Pennsylvania.

One of the winning projects for 2020 is Geisinger's Catawissa Clinic Photovoltaic Project. Geisinger Medical Center commissioned its second renewable energy installation—a 39 kW, 135-solar-panel project on the roof of the Catawissa Clinic. The system will generate over half the electric for the 5,000-square-foot, 100-year-old building!

Learn more about the 2020 winners
➡️ https://bit.ly/31bFliQ

Apply for the 2021 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
➡️ http://bit.ly/2UIYV50

Grants Available to Help Farmers and Small Businesses Save Money and Reduce Pollution: https://bit.ly/3kfygVX“This grant...
10/20/2020

Grants Available to Help Farmers and Small Businesses Save Money and Reduce Pollution: https://bit.ly/3kfygVX

“This grant program was created with small businesses and farmers in mind. There are tremendous monetary savings available to Pennsylvania’s small business owners by installing energy-efficient equipment, such as boilers, LED lighting, and Energy Star certified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “Pennsylvania farmers can also benefit by using these funds to undertake projects which will divert sediment and nutrient runoff from our waterways.”

Pennsylvania farmers and other small business owners with 100 or fewer full-time employees are eligible for the grants. Projects must save the business a minimum of $500 and 25 percent annually in energy consumption or pollution related expenses. Natural resource protection projects are exempt from the minimums; however, the projects must be able to quantify sediment and nutrient reductions into nearby waterways.

Businesses can apply for 50 percent matching funds for equipment or materials, up to $7,000, when adopting energy-efficient or pollution prevention equipment or processes.

Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture

PA Department of State
10/19/2020

PA Department of State

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10/19/2020
Etna Eco District

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in Pennsylvania.

One of the winning projects for 2020 is Etna Community Organization's Etna EcoDistrict, a grassroots sustainable community development initiative aimed at defining and actualizing a future where everyone in Etna has an opportunity to thrive and live healthy and fulfilling lives. In November 2019, the Etna EcoDistrict became the first Certified EcoDistrict in the world!

Borough of Etna

Learn more about the 2020 winners
➡️ https://bit.ly/31bFliQ

Apply for the 2021 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
➡️ http://bit.ly/2UIYV50

Watch the full Etna EcoDistrict mini-documentary
➡️ https://youtu.be/XcG0rN1JNp0

PA Department of State
10/19/2020

PA Department of State

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The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educat...
10/16/2020

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in Pennsylvania.

One of the winning projects for 2020 is Communitopia's Youth Empowerment and Climate Change Education.

YECCE is an educational outreach campaign for youth from environmental justice communities. Last school year the program was presented to over 300 students in environmental justice communities throughout Allegheny County!

Learn more about the 2020 winners
➡️ https://bit.ly/31bFliQ
Apply for the 2021 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
➡️ http://bit.ly/2UIYV50

10/16/2020
Check Your Heating Oil Tanks

Do you heat your home with heating oil? Whether a heating oil tank is located indoors or outdoors, aboveground or underground, spills and leaks can potentially occur during the tank's lifetime. Be sure to inspect your heating oil tanks for potential problems to avoid leaks or spills!
➡️ https://bit.ly/33Tz4Kn

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educat...
10/15/2020

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in Pennsylvania.

One of the winning projects for 2020 is the Forest Hills Net Zero Energy Municipal Building. For the municipal building, the Borough of Forest Hills developed a facility with a net-zero energy usage, meaning that the clean, solar photovoltaic energy produced on-site is sufficient to power the building while producing zero emissions!

Learn more about the 2020 winners
➡️ https://bit.ly/31bFliQ
Apply for the 2021 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence
➡️ http://bit.ly/2UIYV50

Rainwater carries litter to streams and rivers. Please dispose of masks, gloves, and other trash properly!#MaskUpPA 😷 an...
10/15/2020

Rainwater carries litter to streams and rivers. Please dispose of masks, gloves, and other trash properly!

#MaskUpPA 😷 and #LeaveNoTrace 🚮

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's cover photo
10/15/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's cover photo

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
10/15/2020

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Wolf Administration Announces Winners of the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence, 2021 Application Windo...
10/14/2020

Wolf Administration Announces Winners of the 2020 Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence, 2021 Application Window Now Open:
https://bit.ly/3iVUF9n

More than 60 applicants from across the commonwealth nominated projects on energy efficiency, emissions reduction, watershed restoration and protection, environmental education opportunities, and smart growth planning and design.

“These awards highlight the ingenuity and commitment Pennsylvanians have for protecting and improving our environment,” said DEP Secretary Patrick McDonnell. “The unique projects show how communities, businesses, and educational organizations can come together to meet the diverse needs of our environment.”

The Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship and economic development in Pennsylvania.

10/14/2020
PA Department of State

PA Department of State

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The latest issue of Teaching Green, DEP's Environmental Education newsletter, is out with updates on grants available, e...
10/13/2020

The latest issue of Teaching Green, DEP's Environmental Education newsletter, is out with updates on grants available, environmental education standards, water quality education resources, and more!

Read the latest issue: https://bit.ly/2GXAMS6
Subscribe: http://bit.ly/2VVRGGo

PA Department of State
10/13/2020

PA Department of State

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DEP has $400,000 in grant funding available for environmental education projects in 2021-22. Educators can learn how bes...
10/13/2020

DEP has $400,000 in grant funding available for environmental education projects in 2021-22. Educators can learn how best to apply in a free live webinar tomorrow from 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Learn more and register ➡️ https://bit.ly/3c83rPI

DYK? 72% of PA voters support PA's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce carbon dioxi...
10/09/2020

DYK? 72% of PA voters support PA's participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) to reduce carbon dioxide pollution from power plants.

Learn more ➡️ https://bit.ly/3i0ffF8

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
10/09/2020

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

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Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful
10/09/2020

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

During this uncertain time, we can’t gather in large groups, but we can still make a shared and cooperative effort to improve our communities by picking up litter. Join us for Pick Up Pennsylvania Which runs now until November 30. Bags, gloves and vests will be available. Go to https://www.keeppabeautiful.org for more information. #PickUpPA2020 #ICC2020
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Staff from DEP's Northcentral Regional Office recently volunteered for a socially-distanced Adopt-A-Highway cleanup in L...
10/09/2020

Staff from DEP's Northcentral Regional Office recently volunteered for a socially-distanced Adopt-A-Highway cleanup in Lycoming County. This year's Pick Up Pennsylvania fall campaign runs through November 30. Volunteers are needed—consider participating!

Volunteer groups who clean up roadways through the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Adopt-A-Highway program are also encouraged to participate.

Registered Pick Up Pennsylvania events can get free trash bags, gloves, and safety vests!

Find a cleanup event near you or start your own.
🚮➡️ http://bit.ly/2l9ZtjP

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful

Rainwater carries litter to streams and rivers. Please dispose of masks, gloves, and other trash properly!#MaskUpPA 😷 an...
10/08/2020

Rainwater carries litter to streams and rivers. Please dispose of masks, gloves, and other trash properly!

#MaskUpPA 😷 and #LeaveNoTrace 🚮

Pennsylvania Department of Health
10/08/2020

Pennsylvania Department of Health

📢 Reminder! While you're out hiking and observing the fall foliage, take action to protect yourself and your family from ticks + mosquitoes. It only takes a few minutes to prepare and protect yourself: https://bit.ly/33EKDoU

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
10/07/2020

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Want to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19?

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DEP Awards $4.9 Million in Nonpoint Source Management Grants to 23 Watershed Restoration Projects Statewide, $3 Million ...
10/07/2020

DEP Awards $4.9 Million in Nonpoint Source Management Grants to 23 Watershed Restoration Projects Statewide, $3 Million Still Available for Further Project Grant Applications:
https://bit.ly/3iIVBhg

Happy #EnergyEfficiencyDay, PA! Taking steps to make your home more energy efficient can help you save energy and money....
10/07/2020

Happy #EnergyEfficiencyDay, PA! Taking steps to make your home more energy efficient can help you save energy and money. Visit our website to learn about financial incentives that can help!
💡➡️ dep.pa.gov/energyincentives
#EEDay2020

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