Jim Wilson, Watershed Specialist at the Northampton County Conservation District is with us today to discuss Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Steward Program. Jim is a major project partner and closely involved in this new volunteer program. They are currently looking for volunteers for their 2014 training class.
Jim, I understand this is a relatively new program offered by Extension. Could you tell us a bit about it?
This week we are suggesting how you can support our local Lehigh Valley businesses and non-profit organizations in your holiday gifts to your loved ones and through giving donations to good causes in our community.
There are so many ways to give gifts that your family and friends will cherish while also helping the many important organizations that provide creative arts and educational experiences to children and adults.
Phantom electrical loads - As we work to reduce our use of electricity we tend to look at purchasing more efficient appliances and equipment, but we must also look at what we call phantom loads. Chances are, you’ve never heard of the term “phantom load.” What is it and how does it affect you?
Today, our guest is Brian Baker from the Lehigh Valley Green Builders. He is also a Co-Owner of two local, award-winning custom design-build firms, studio26 homes and Renu Building & Energy Solutions. Brian, thank you for joining us today. I understand you just returned from California after being a juror for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Can you share with our audience a little bit about that unique experience?
Envision Lehigh Valley is a public outreach effort designed to engage the citizens of Northampton and Lehigh Counties to create a truly sustainable Lehigh Valley. The Greater Lehigh Valley chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local (BFBL-GLV), a program of the Nurture Nature Center in Easton, PA, is acting as a sub-awardee under the Sustainable Communities Grant to develop a Fresh Food Access Plan (FFAP) for the Lehigh Valley. The FFAP will include both an Assessment Report of the current state of the Lehigh Valley food economy and a strategies plan to improve this economy in the future.
Bruce: With me today is Maureen Fennerty, a custom programs specialist with PPL electric utilities.
Maureen: Thanks for having me, Bruce.
Bruce: Maureen, I noticed something in the news this summer about PPL Electric Utilities and appliance recycling. As the person who helps manage this program for the utility, can you fill us in on how it works and how our listeners can get involved?
Martha Christine is a member of the local chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby, a national organization that empowers residents to build the political will needed to solve the climate crisis. She’s here to talk about CCL-LV and their local kickoff event on Sunday, September 22 from 1 to 4 pm at the Fox Environmental Center at Illick’s Mill in Bethlehem.
Annie: My guest today is Ed Perry. He is the outreach coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation’s climate change campaign. He is here in Bethlehem to arrange for a roundtable discussion about how climate change is affecting wildlife, natural systems and public health. Ed, could you tell us about the upcoming event and what it is about?