WITH APOLOGY FOR LATE NOTICE
From Loretta Weir, LPAG
Stand in solidarity with Gulf Coast Disaster Victims
Here in Pittsburgh we'll be gathering at 11am on the North Shore riverfront (between Heinz Field and the Del Monte Building -- here's a map). At noon, we'll join hands for 15 minutes to draw a line in the sand and call for a move beyond oil.
Check out the national Hands website.
7-9 p.m. at the East End Food Co-op – 7516 Meade St, Pittsburgh PA 15221
When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination. This Halliburton-developed drilling technology has unlocked a "Saudi Arabia of natural gas" just beneath us...but is fracking safe? Can you imagine being able to light your tap water on fire? This is just one of the many shocking results Gasland demonstrates. Part verite travelogue, part expose, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown. Fox encounters EPA whistleblowers, congressmen, world recognized scientists, and some of the most incredibly inspiring and heart-wrenching stories of ordinary Americans fighting against fossil fuel giants for environmental justice.
It's not often that a documentary about a sobering topic like the environmental consequences of gas drilling would make you chuckle. But an award-winning new film premiering June 21 at 9 p.m. on HBO manages to do just that—shining a light on the absurdity and folly behind the drilling boom in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.
Gasland filmmaker Josh Fox, describes the at-times irreverent film as part "travelogue, part exposé, part mystery, part bluegrass banjo meltdown, part showdown."
Most importantly, the film chronicles the strange and disturbing new world wrought by the gas drilling rush—where tap water contaminated by nearby drilling can be lit on fire, animals and children come down withmysterious illnesses, and residents must fight for the truth.
If you have HBO, or know someone who does, get some friends together to watch the movie and help spread the word about this very important issue. There are also screenings throughout New York and Pennsylvania this month, and more being organized every week. Visit www.gaslandthemovie.com for updates.
- Comedy Central's The Daily Show will feature director Josh Fox on Monday, June 21 @ 11pm / 10 CT.
- NPR's Fresh Air spoke with Josh Fox on June 10. Listen to the interview on Fresh Air's website, and watch clips from the film.
The bus stop is part of American lore: the theme of a Broadway play, the title of a rock ‘n’ roll song, a fixture in cities and suburbs everywhere. But suburbs were developed with automobiles as the primary means of transportation - while so many suburbs have grown exponentially, their bus stops have not evolved. Some may have been renovated, but they haven’t been rethought.
Now as concerns about the environment, energy, and the economy motivate more people to consider using public transportation, it's time to rethink suburban bus stops. The Airport Corridor Transportation Association (ACTA), a Transportation Management Association serving one of Southwestern Pennsylvania’s fastest growing commercial areas, recently completed a study of bus stops in our area. It's principal outcome: a set of replicable suburban bus stop prototypes with the potential to significantly improve the user experience. ACTA hired Maynes and Associates Architects to work with the local constituents to develop the bus stop prototypes that will be better integrated into the suburban landscape, make riders feel safer and increase suburban transit use.
Join us to discuss how bus stop design affects the transit experience and how this study and its designs represent a conceptual leap forward – in effect a rethinking of the suburban bus stop.
Lynn Manion is executive director of the Airport Corridor Transportation Association (ACTA), a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to alleviating traffic congestion, improving air quality and increasing travel options in the western suburbs of Pittsburgh. ACTA is located in Robinson Town Center. In 2008, ACTA received an award of excellence from the Forbes Fund for its community outreach efforts.
Paula Maynes is the Managing Member of Maynes Associates Architects, an architectural and urban design firm specialized in the design of transit facilities and sustainable communities that include transportation choices. Maynes Associates Architects was established in 1993 and is located in one of Pittsburgh’s great livable neighborhoods, the South Side.
5-9 p.m. at Mitchell's Restaurant, 304 Ross St (at Third Avenue), Pittsburgh, PA 15219; (412) 471-3663 Get Map & Directions »
What is Green Drinks?
Every month, people who work in the environmental field or have in interest in a greener planet meet up for drinks at places all around the world at informal sessions known as Green Drinks. We have a lively mixture of people from Non profit, academia, labor, government, media and business. Come along and you'll be made welcome. Just say, "are you green?" and we will look after you and introduce you to whoever is there. It's a great way of catching up with people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else along, so there's always a different crowd, making Green Drinks an organic, self-organizing network.
These events are simple and unstructured. Make friends, develop new ideas, do deals and forge a new organic future. It's a force for the good and we'd like to help its spreading to other cities. Green Drinks meets on the 3rd Friday of each month from 5:00 - 9:00 PM...or later!! Put it in your calendar and count on it: Green Drinks is happening every month. http://www.greendrinks.org/
There will be no Monthly Meeting in June. Starting in July we will be holding monthly “Conservation Converstations: Current Environnmment and Natural History Issues” at the Club office in Oakland. We will have new films, slide shows, local experts on topical issues, opportunties for lots of questions and answers. Stay tuned! There’s lots to talk about together.
7:30 p.m. on the second Wednesday, starting in July, on the second floor of 425 North Craig St. (near the intersection with Bigelow). For more information, contact Donald L. Gibbon, Program and Environmental Education Chair.
Regent Square Civic Association meeting to give feedback about Frick Park: The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will be at the June Regent Square Civic Association meeting to present ideas and gather feedback on a series of proposed outdoor learning spaces for Frick Park. The first of these spaces will honor the memory of Kate and Peter Ambrusko.
6p.m. at the Wilkins School Community Center, 7604 Charleston Ave, Swissvale, PA 15218-1265. For more information, contact Marijke Hecht by email or at 412-682-7275 x208.
Pittsburgh has been selected as the North American host city by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to join World Environment Day 2010. Pittsburgh-area government officials, business indexes, organizations and individuals will schedule a series of World Environment Day events, as well as events taking place during the six weeks that “bridge the gap” between Earth Day on April 22 and World Environment Day on June 5. The events will highlight the theme for celebrations in Pittsburgh, “Biodiversity — Ecosystems Management and the Green Economy.”
Although I will continue to post many events of interest on MarensList, during the time leading up to World Environment Day you'll also want to check out the official WED calendar of events.
7 p.m. at The Te Café in Squirrel Hill (2000 Murray Ave. 15217, 412-422-8888). Suggested tax-deductible donation is $10 at the door. Readers and audience members alike are encouraged to bring copies of their favorite Shakespeare plays and join in the reading of sonnets, scenes, and songs. Fun for the whole family. (Kids are welcome).
Pittsburgh has been selected as the North American host city by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to join World Environment Day 2010. A whole raft of events leading up to WED on June 5th will focus on the main themes of water and biodiversity; the Water Matters! Global Water Conference is the keystone event. Citizens, students, business owners, watershed groups, and community leaders from across the region and North America will gather to be part of a remarkable, eye-opening exploration of the ways in which water matters. The conference will include an exhibit area highlighting the regions leading water innovators, problem solvers, and technologies, with a focus on hands-on activities and displays.
All day at the David Lawrence Convention Center downtwon. Cost to attend is $25. For more information and to register, go to http://www.pittsburghwed.com/watermatters
Note: Although I will continue to post many events of interest on MarensList, during the time leading up to World Environment Day, you'll also want to check out the official WED calendar of events.
Please join Pittsburgh UNITED, GASP (the Group Against Smog and Pollution), the Sierra Club and Clean Water Action for a press conference about the Pittsburgh Clean Air, Clean Water bill that City Councilman Bill Peduto will introduce in City Council. This pro-environment legislation is part of the Pittsburgh UNITED Economic Development Reform campaign. Since last fall, the Pittsburgh UNITED coalition and its community allies have been working closely with Pittsburgh City Council to add increased accountability to publicly-subsidized economic development. The legislation will act on two fronts, reducing diesel emissions and mitigating stormwater runoff.
Reducing Diesel Emissions: Diesel emissions harm our health, our environment and our economy; publicly-funded development should be a partner in protecting our health and environment. Diesel soot cancer risk in Pittsburgh area is 408 times greater than EPA’s acceptable cancer level of 1 in a million. Pittsburgh area workers are projected to miss 13,558 days of work in 2010 because of unnecessary exposure to diesel fine particles, and kids’ emergency room visits for asthma-like symptoms 400% higher in Pittsburgh than other cities. Black carbon, emitted by diesels, is one of the largest contributing pollutants to global warming.
The Clean Air bill will require that contracts for publicly-funded development in the City of Pittsburgh must ensure that all diesel vehicles on site to have the Best Available Diesel Control Technology installed, and that ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel is used by construction vehicles.
Mitigating Stormwater Run-off: During heavy rainstorms, stormwater runoff forces untreated sewage into our rivers; the water is unsafe to touch during nearly two-thirds of the boating season. Publicly-funded development should lead the way in innovative techniques to control and drastically reduce this problem. The current estimate for ALCOSAN’s portion of the EPA mandated repairs to its system is estimated to be from $3 billion to as much as $20 billion. Uncontrolled stormwater runoff washes vehicle exhaust products, oil, grease, gasoline, road deicers, and carcinogenic topping compounds for asphalt and concrete down our storm water sewers into our rivers -- from which most of us get our drinking water. The Clean Water bill will require developments receiving our tax dollars to drastically reduce their storm water runoff.
9:30 a.m. on the 5th floor of the City County building: 414 Grant St. downtown. You can find more information about the Clean Air, Clean Water legislation and a leaflet for the press conference here.