Nov 23: Marcellus strategy meeting

Marcellus Shale Strategy Meeting: Increasing the Pressure, Amplifying our Voices. Join State Senator Jim Ferlo and City Council members Patrick Dowd and Doug Shields to discuss where we go from here.

6-8 p.m. at the Grey Box Theater in Lawrenceville (3595 Butler St., Pittsburgh 15201)

Nov 19: Health Effects of Shale Gas Extraction

Public Health Conference on the Health Effects of Shale Gas Extraction
The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health cordially invites you to tan exclusive conference:


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: If you cannot attend in person, presentations will be available online after the conference.

Nov 19-20: Peoples' Oil and Gas Summit

2010 People's National Oil & Gas Summit

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

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

Featured Speakers/Participants...

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.

Early registration and cash bar on Thursday evening. Conference registration is $1000 for industry reps, $120 for regular folks. Limited travel and lodging scholarships available. More information and online registration here.

Nov 15: Green roofs in Monroeville

Green Roofs 101 -- Join Sustainable Monroeville to hear Joel Perkovich and Chad Siper of Allegheny Green Roofs talk about everything you always wanted to know about Green Roofs. Come with lots of curiosity and questions!

7-8:30 p.m. in the Monroeville Public Library (4000 Gateway Campus Boulevard Monroeville, PA 15146); free and open to the public.

Nov 10: Polar ice cap measurements

PolarTREC -- Join Sustainable Monroeville to hear Mr. Jim Pottinger, a teacher at Gateway High School, talk about his recent expedition to Greenland to measure the polar ice caps.

PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend several weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. In August 2010, Gateway High School teacher Jim Pottinger went on expedition to Greenland to join a team studying solar radiation on the Greenland ice sheet. The team lived and worked at Summit Station, located at the peak of the Greenland ice cap atop 3,200 meters of ice. The goal of the project was to gain a better understanding of the Earth's heat balance -- the solar radiation reflected back into space and absorbed by our planet. Please join us as Jim shares stories and photos from the expedition.

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

7-8:30 p.m. in the Monroeville Public Library Gallery Space (4000 Gateway Campus Boulevard Monroeville, PA 15146); free and open to the public.

Nov 7: Harvest Party for the Pgh Garden Experiment


Harvest After Party, benefit concert for the Pittsburgh Garden Experiment -- an end-of-season get-together and informal networking event for the urban farming community in Pittsburgh! The Mon River Ramblers are going to play, as well as Bruce Comings of Becoming Projections. There will be raffles and some other fun surprises in store.

7 p.m. at Brillobox. There is a cover of $10, which will help support future PGE projects. Brillobox offers a $5 veggie dinner starting at 6:00 every Sunday, so if you want to make a night of it that's a possibility too.

Nov 4: City Council hearing on gas drilling ban

Pittsburgh City Council will hold a public hearing about the ban on Marcellus Shale drilling in the city -- an ordinance to protect the health, safety, and welfare of residents and neighborhoods of Pittsburgh by banning the commercial extraction of natural gas within the city and establishing a bill of rights for Pittsburgh residents.

6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 5th floor of the City-County Building, 414 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219. A rally will be held outside the building beforehand, beginning at 5:30.

Nov 4: WQED special on Marcellus Shale

Marcellus Shale: The Price of Progress - Pittsburgh, PA. WQED will host a town hall meeting on the topic of Marcellus Shale drilling in Western Pennsylvania. The issue has made headlines in recent months, with supporters touting a positive economic impact, critics raising concerns about environmental and health issues, and some homeowners reporting negative experiences on their own properties.

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 -, 814-279-5784

Nov 4: Marcellus rally in Clairton

14 water treatment plants dump untreated frackwater into the Monongahela River. The Clairton Municipal Authority Water Discharge Plant is authorized to dump 40,000 gallons per day! There will be a rally around this issue this Thursday.

Rally runs 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; meet to carpool from Pittsburgh at 11 a.m. outside Dick's Sporting Goods in the Waterfront Mall in Homestead.

Nov 4: Green, Healthy Schools Conference

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

8 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens (Registration and breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m.) Register online; Download the agenda.

  • $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.

Nov 3: GASLAND screening with Josh Fox

In the wake of the Marcellus drilling protest outside the DUG (Drilling Unconventional Gas) Conference at the David Lawrence Convention Center, join filmmaker Josh Fox, City Council member Doug Shields, and Pennsylvania and New York State activists for a screening of Fox's amazing film GASLAND.

7 p.m. at the Teamsters' Temple (4701 Butler Street, Lawrenceville); panel discussion to follow at 8:30. For more information, visit MarcellusProtest.

Nov 3: Rally to stop Shale Gas Drilling

no frack sign

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.