HEALTH EFFECTS OF SHALE GAS EXTRACTION: WHAT IS KNOWN AND WHAT CAN WE PREDICT?
This free conference will explore the science and methodological approaches behind understanding environmental health impacts associated with increasing development of natural gas extraction from shale deposits found under wide geographical areas of the United States.
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the University Club in Oakland, 123 University Place (map). This conference is limited to 150 participants. Visit this link to learn more and register: http://www.eoh.pitt.edu/marcellus.asp. If you cannot attend in person, presentations will be available online after the conference.
The People's Oil & Gas Summit is being held in Pennsylvania, the heart of the Marcellus Shale natural gas drilling boom.
Join us in Pittsburgh on November 19th and 20th and meet people affected by oil and gas drilling from across the US and Canada.
Learn about oil and gas impacts, toxics associated with drilling activities, how natural gas fits into the climate change debate, and how to protect yourself and your community.
The People's Oil & Gas Summit will be held at Pittsburgh's Radisson Hotel Green Tree.
For more information about the Summit, visit summitupdate.earthworksaction.org.
Presentations And Discussions Will Include...
- The BIG PICTURE – where are they drilling, why and who’s next?
- Natural gas, CLIMATE JUSTICE and PUBLIC HEALTH: life cycle impacts of gas
- Hydraulic FRACTURING: Full Disclosure, NO Exemptions
- To lease or not to LEASE; landowner and mineral owner rights
- CLIMATE CHANGE: Beyond coal, oil and gas: what is our ENERGY FUTURE?
- MEDIA: reforming the industry one blog, story, movie and wiki at a time
- Legislate, Litigate, AGITATE: lessons on organizing and civil disobedience
Lois Gibbs – environmental justice advocate, Love Canal activist, Executive Director, Center for Health, Environment and Justice * Dr. Theo Colburn – world renowned scientist, co-author of Our Stolen Future, President of The Endocrine Disruption Exchange * Wilma Subra – MacArthur Genius Award Winner, chemist, environmental advocate, President of Subra Company * Tony Ingraffea - Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University (invited) * Bill McKibben – author, journalist, environmentalist (invited) * Josh Fox – “Gasland” filmaker * Chris Cziksentmihalyi – Director, MIT Center for Future Civic Media * Abrahm Lustgarten – ProPublica investigative journalist (invited) * Andrew Nikiforuk – Canadian journalist and author * Mark Ruffalo – actor, FRACKING activist (invited) * Jim Fitzgerald – Professor of Sociology, Fort Lewis College, Colorado, gas-field activist * TXSharon –Texas OGAP Organizer and Blogger * John Fenton - affected landowner, Pavillion Wyoming * Wes Gillingham – Program Director, Catskill Mountainkeeper * Activists and citizens from Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, West Virginia, Wyoming, and Canada.
All Library programs are free, and no registration is required. For more information about upcoming adult programs at the Monroeville Public Library, call the Adult Reference Desk at 412-372-0500 ext. 4 or click
WQED's Chris Moore will host this live, televised program, with three to five panelists representing various viewpoints leading the discussion with an invited audience and viewers at home participating via the internet.
8-9 p.m. on WQED-TV; repeated Sunday the 7th at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Rebecca Shaffer, WQED Multimedia - firstname.lastname@example.org, 814-279-5784
The Green Building Alliance presents the third Green, Healthy Schools Conference. Join two nationally recognized keynote speakers and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Governor's Green Government Council to discover the importance of high-performance, healthy K-12 schools. School administrators, board members, teachers, architects and parents are encouraged to attend this full-day conference featuring Vivian Loftness, FAIA, LEED AP, Professor, Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture; Bill Reed, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, Integrative Design Collaborative, Regenesis, Inc., and Delving Deeper; Michael A. Walsh, Deputy Secretary, PA Department of Education; Dennis Maloskey, PE, CEM, GBE, LEED AP, Director of Sustainable Engineering and Development, PA Governor's Green Government Council; Dr. Patricia Vathis, Environment and Ecology Curriculum Advisor, Office of Environment and Ecology, PA Department of Education; and Elaine McDonnell, MS, RD, Coordinator, Project PA.
Much valuable information will be shared, and attendees will:
- Learn about the importance of high-performance, green, healthy K-12 schools
- Discover regenerative design: integrating and regenerating the health of our social and ecological systems
- Learn about Pennsylvania's PlanCon updates, new environment and ecology curriculum standards, Pathways to Green Schools resources, and Farm to School Programs
- Discover Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens' educational programs and opportunities for K-12 students and teachers
- Understand the economics of building and operating green schools, as well as financing opportunities through existing policies and programs
- Listen to case studies from local schools
- Envision schools as interactive learning laboratories
- $95 for members of GBA, Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens, or the Tri-State Area School Study Council
- $110 for non-members
- Group rate for parties of 3 or more: $70 per member or $90 per non-member
- $50 for undergraduate or graduate students
- valet parking available for $7 on-site
A limited number of student scholarships are available. Please send a resume and brief description of interest in the conference to Jenna Cramer.
On November 2-4, the gas industry will host a national conference on shale gas drilling at the David Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. As Pennsylvania citizens concerned about the health of our communities and the environment on which we depend, we will attend this summit in the streets.
The November 3rd Marcellus Protest Organizing Committee is an emerging effort in Southwestern PA mobilizing to protest the ongoing hydraulic fracturing of the Marcellus Shale. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking” is an under-regulated and unsafe natural gas extraction method. Unlike other forms of natural gas drilling, hydraulic fracturing causes catastrophic and potentially irreversible consequences. Citizens from across the US have been fighting hydraulic fracturing. Now the gas industry has begun drilling in Allegheny county, racking up violations, and buying up leases within the Pittsburgh city limits. Whether in rural PA in Pittsburgh, fracking may be coming to a home near you. That is, unless we mobilize to stop them.
As the facts about fracking bubble to the surface, Marcellus Shale gas drilling is becoming more and more unpopular. Several gas well explosions, dozens of compelling personal stories and hundreds of reported violations have inspired small townships, metropolitan cities, and even the entire state of New York to say, “now wait a minute.” But we need to keep up the momentum.
The gas industry wants to snatch the dollars that lie within the Shale before too many people stand in their way -- or an event like the BP blowout in the Gulf puts the kabosh on the deal. That’s why they’re shelling out $2.85 million to both Democrats and Republicans, and another $900,000 to former PA Governor Tom Ridge to spearhead an unprecedented PR campaign. The gas industry's approach puts profits before people, and their fracking continues despite the unknown health risks posed by the practice. Though the drilling has begun, there have been no scientific studies to gauge how much damage fracking inflicts on our beautiful environment.
On November 3rd we will show the gas industry and our elected officials that our lives, our future and our votes are not for sale. By organizing this mass demonstration we hope to bring our communities together to build a sustainable grassroots movement that will protect our communities and our environment.
Please help us grow that movement.
Come to Pittsburgh. Mobilize folks from your community to join you. Ask your group to sponsor or endorse the November 3rd protest. Volunteer to help with outreach, publicity, media, web, fundraising or logistics. Make a donation. Or host an event leading up to or following the summit, such as a discussion group or screening of GASLAND, a compelling documentary about fracking. The Committee will help promote your event.
10:30am Assemble on Allegheny Landing on the North Shore (shore park between the Andy Warhol & Roberto Clemente Bridges)
12:00pm March steps off: we cross the Rachel Carson bridge into downtown Pittsburgh and then stop in front of the Convention Center.
1:00pm Rally with music, speakers, tabling and other festivities. Program ends around 3pm.
Sustainable Urbanism, a talk by Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez, architect and urban planner.
Sustainability encompasses the whole human activity so when it comes to place making a holistic approach must guide the analysis and provide the necessary frame that takes into account both tradition and innovation to create healthy places with economic balance and social integration. It must reconcile human needs with ecological imperatives. Three projects by the author –one in Spain and the rest in Cuba- are displayed as case studies to show some urban planning and urban design tools and strategies. A Master Plan for 21st Century Havana aimed at preserving the city’s historic, urban and architectural legacy and also at encouraging its future urban and economic development expresses the author’s vision for the future of the only Caribbean Metropolis with a European influence.
Professor Julio Cesar Perez Hernandez became the one and only Cuban Loeb Fellow at Harvard University Graduate School of Design during 2001-2002 in Advanced Urban and Environmental Studies and he received his degree from the School of Architecture of Havana, Cuba in 1982, where he was an Adjunct Professor from 1998 to 2006. He has lectured widely in the US, Canada and Europe about Cuban architecture and he’s also taught courses in the US and in Europe. He’s the author of a major book about Cuban architecture ‘Inside Cuba’ published by Taschen Editions, 2006, and also of ‘A Master Plan for 21st Century Havana’, a comprehensive urban plan registered at the Library of Congress in Washington DC. He is the founding Chairman of the Cuban chapters of C.E.U and INTBAU and a member of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba and the recipient of several international and national awards. His writings have been published in Progressive Planning, the New York Times, Alinea Editrice, Caleidoscopio Ediçao The Journal of the Royal Institute of the Architects in Ireland, Arquitectura Cuba and Arquitectura y Urbanismo. He is currently writing the book ´The Magic Landscapes and Urban Design of Havana´, a comprehensive essay about the history and evolution of the capital city of Cuba to be published in 2011.
He organizes and leads the Havana International Charrette every Spring, an urban planning and design workshop aimed at the regeneration of the city of Havana, its harbor and its waterfront.
6:30pm in Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall) at CMU. Co-sponsored by the Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture and the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education & Research (SEER).
For more information on the project, please take a look at our film’s fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1686680197/sust-enable-the-metamentary
PIIN Public Action Meeting will seek action on transit funding and other regional problems
The Port Authority’s current funding crisis (with a 35% service cutback planned for next March) will be among issues addressed at a Public Action Meeting of the Pittsburgh Interfaith Impact Network (PIIN). The public is urged to attend—no admission charge.
1000 PIIN members and supporters—committed to working together for greater justice and equity in this region, state, and nation—are expected to attend. They will challenge local, state, and national public officials, as well as candidates for public office, to agree to specific remedies to the transit funding shortage; poor school performance; racial profiling; need for immigration law reform; and gun violence.
PIIN is an interracial alliance of more than 40 congregations representing many faiths working to realize their shared values through civic engagement on issues identified by their members.
7 - 8:30 pm, at Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Avenue, (Oakland). Doors will open at 6:15. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact: PIIN at (412) 621-9230 or email@example.com; www.piin.org