The Bucks-Montgomery Branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council will bring together students, teachers, facility managers, administrators, and parents who are both currently involved with, as well as those interested in starting initiatives to make K-12 schools more energy efficient and increase positive environmental and health impacts while generating financial savings for their districts at the same time!
This webinar will focus on the seasonal opportunities to control indoor pests in schools. Wintertime means more time indoors, which means more exposure to allergens and asthmagens, especially from indoor pests. Winterization allows increased opportunities to prevent and exclude pests. We will examine the effects of pests on both indoor air quality (IAQ) and human health, especially asthma. Interventions to control pests will be presented: what is effective and what is not! The reduction in the use of chemicals and the use of Environmentally Preferable Chemicals will be examined. Successful reductions in allergens and asthma incidents will be highlighted.
Penn State Extension’s Food for Profit workshop takes you step-by-step through the information necessary to start and run a small food-product business, especially directed to individuals who will be making and packing their products for resale (through grocery stores, farm markets, or restaurants).
You are invited to attend a vegetable and small fruit production and marketing meeting for commercial producers. Research-based information on best management practices will be presented in the areas of production techniques, controlling pests, pesticide safety, and marketing. An industry trade show is included. Pesticide recertification credits for licensed Pennsylvania applicator's will be awarded.
Join PA-WAgN for an entertaining view into a vibrant and creative farm and farm family! Judi Radel and her family operate a diversified 160 acre farm in Dauphin, PA (YeeHaw Farm) with a real zeal for farming. They milk dairy cows from which they make their own butter. They have dairy and meat goats, dairy and meat sheep, broiler chickens, laying hens, hogs, Hereford beef cattle, geese, turkeys, miniature donkeys, farm cats, 3 large farm dogs and a little Boston Terrier.
Learn how your school or school district can implement a sustainable and comprehensive environmental health program that addresses issues such as cleaning practices, mold, chemical management, ventilation, and pest control. The webinar will also feature highlights, tips, and strategies from established state programs. Also, learn more about what resources are available to assist with establishing a school environmental health program.
Dates and locations for county HHW collection programs are listed.
Sponsored by the National Association For State Community Service Programs (NASCSP)
Sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, It Takes a Region is the conference for everyone doing food system change work! Together we'll build on exciting efforts underway in our region in production, distribution logistics, research, food access and nutrition, policy advocacy and more. Whatever your part in the Northeast food system, this conference is for you! This conference also marks NESAWG’s 20thanniversary. We’re combining a captivating retrospective with celebration. Be a part of propelling our network into its next decade! Our two-part plenary sessions, Twenty-Year Theater, is sure to entertain as we march through two decades of the food movement in the context of broader social and cultural trends and events. Where were you and what were you eating? What was NESAWG doing? What music moved us? When did we first welcome the fax machine? This creative look-back will help propel our work going forward. We welcome new participants – especially emerging food system leaders and community activists. We'll address pressing issues such as food system worker equity, food production and diet, and climate, energy and agriculture. We'll tackle our region's pressing regional and federal policy priorities. And we’ll continue to explore scale, geography, and partnerships. Meet other food system advocates, local community food leaders, policymakers, planners, researchers, Extension and other educators, farm groups and support organizations, food supply chain businesses, consumer groups, youth, students and young food system professionals. It takes a region to build a regional food system. It takes you!
Healthy school environments play an important role in the health and academic success of children. Children spend 90 percent of their time indoors, and much of that time is spent in school. Unhealthy school environments can affect attendance, concentration, and performance, as well as lead to expensive, time-consuming cleanup and remediation activities. Join our webinar to learn more about what schools can do to better address environmental health in schools. We will also introduce EPA’s new voluntary School Environmental Health: Development and Implementation Guidelines for States.
As local food becomes more popular, more farmers are moving to the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model of distribution. This creates more competition and the need for farmers to distinguish their farm, their products and their service from that of other CSAs. Village Acres in Mifflintown has been a leader in Central PA as one of the first certified organic CSAs. They have also worked with other local farms to offer their customers additional products. Now they have added a beautiful new timber-framed building on-site called the FoodShed. This allows them to offer on-farm events, meals and value-added products for their customers. Village Acres owners, managers & employees will share some of their strategies for how they choose what to plant, when to plant and how to package their CSA products. They will also discuss the value of the FoodShed and how they are reaching out to the community. Brian Moyer and Tianna Dupont of Penn State Extension will share with us on the topics of How to communicate and keep your customers as well as resources for planning planting schedules. You will walk away from this field day with more confidence in bringing your product to your customer, attracting and retaining customers. The $15.00 registration fee includes lunch and materials. This event was organized in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network at Penn State with funds by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant #2009-49400-06097 and USDA's Farmers' Market Promotion Program Grant # 2-25-G-1414. Registration cancellations must be received one week prior to the event to receive a refund. All refunds are subject to a $5.00 administrative fee.
A must-attend event for school nurses dealing with real and presumed lice, misinformed parents, school officials, and misguided policies.
There are many shades of green when it comes to managing pests. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices can range from a basic “treat when over threshold based on monitoring” approach to advanced techniques focused on eliminating pest-conducive conditions. So how can you transition your pest management program from basic to advanced IPM?
EPA's Office of Environmental Education (OEE), has a wealth of information on educational resources that educators can use off the shelf in formal school classrooms and informal educational settings, or in development of a larger curriculum. OEE has programs for students of all ages - "K through Grey" - and will walk you through all of these great resources available on the OEE website.
Learn how to overcome the barriers that are created for women on the farm with Julie Perry of The Sundance Life Farm. After a lifetime of disparaging comments, Julie and her sons had to break through the gender barriers when her husband died suddenly. The $15 registration fee covers the cost of lunch and materials. Registration cancellations must be received one week prior to the event to receive a refund. All refunds are subject to a $5.00 administrative fee. This event was organized in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Women’s Agricultural Network at Penn State with funds by USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Grant #2009-49400-06097.
The Great Insect Fair is our annual extravaganza celebrating insects with lots of activities, games, crafts, tasty treats and fun for everyone! The 2012 Fair will be held on September 29th at the Bryce Jordan Center. Admission to the fair is FREE, but donations are accepted and greatly appreciated!
Learn how to improve safety and protect students, teachers and staff from chemical threats with an effective chemical management plan.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE) invites you to our 10th Annual Conference on Friday, September 21st, 2012 at the University of Maryland Southern Management Center.
Are you interested in forming strategic community partnerships to achieve optimal asthma management in schools? Then join EPA for the Green Strides Strategic Collaboration for Effective Asthma Management in Schools webinar on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, from 2 – 3 p.m. EDT. Hear from leading asthma experts as they discuss best practices for asthma management in schools and how they formed successful collaborations with key partners to expand the reach of their comprehensive school-based asthma management programs.