Environmental News Network: www.enn.com
- the latest environmental news from around the world.
Environment News Service: www.ens-newswire.com-
an international environmental news source.
Grist: www.grist.org -
environmental news, commentary and humor.
The Daily Green: www.thedailygreen.com
- consumer tips about living an eco-
friendly lifestyle; also,
links to many “green” blogs.
·Living on Earth: www.loe.org - this weekly environmental
news and information program distributed by Public Radio International
includes features, interviews and commentary on a broad range of ecological
issues. Transcripts and audio downloads are available through the website.
Tree Hugger: www.treehugger.com
- information about the green movement.
· Organic Consumers Association: www.organicconsumers.org – a grassroots
non-profit organization that speaks for organic and family farmers;
it also organizes its membership for political actions such as boycotts.
· Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP):
www.depweb.state.pa.us -- the state agency largely responsible
for administering Pennsylvania's
environmental laws and regulations. Its responsibilities include: reducing
air pollution; making sure our drinking water is safe; protecting water
quality in our rivers and streams; making sure waste is handled properly; supporting
community renewal and revitalization; promoting advanced energy technology;
and helping citizens prevent pollution and comply with the Commonwealth's
Club, Pennsylvania chapter: pennsylvania.sierraclub.org --
Together with Clean Water Action
(www.cleanwateraction.org/pa), this environmental advocacy group keeps
environmental “scorecards” showing the voting records of Pennsylvania’s
politicians on issues that impact the natural world, such as alternative
energy and mass transportation.
· Monroe County
Center: www.mcconservation.org -- The Monroe County Conservation District’s
provides year-round environmental education programs for people of all
ages. The Education
Center is located at the County-owned Kettle
Creek Wildlife Sanctuary near Bartonsville.
Center for Environmental Education (PCEE): www.pcee.org.
A virtual “one stop shop” for environmental education
resources in Pennsylvania.
Administered by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, PCEE
is housed at Slippery
· Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE):
· Jacobsburg Environmental
Education Center: www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/findapark/jacobsburg/index.htm
-- a 1,168-acre Pennsylvania state park, located near Wind
Gap, which provides environmental education to local residents and students
of all ages.
Valley Community Supported Agriculture: www.cherryvalleycsa.com -- this farm
located near Stroudsburg finished its second season of production in
2008 and now serves 100 local subscribers.
·Genesis Farm: www.genesisfarm.org – a 226-acre organic
farm in Northwestern New Jersey with
an environmental learning center and community supported garden. The
center offers a variety of residential and non-residential programs,
including an accredited masters-level course in Earth Literacy.
– a searchable nationwide database of small farms
and farmers’ markets that is intended to help consumers find locally
grown food sources.
·Monroe Farmer’s Market: www.monroefarmersmarket.com – From
April to November, local eggs, vegetables, fruit, honey, baked goods,
and other products created in the Monroe County area are offered at
this market located one block south of Main Street at the Ann Street
·Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture (PASA):
www.pasafarming.org -- PASA creates networks and markets to strengthen the
ties between concerned consumers and family farmers.It seeks to enhance
community awareness about the importance of local and sustainable agriculture.
Farmers are included in designing community-based marketing strategies
that increase consumption of Pennsylvania
farm products and farm profitability.
·Rodale Institute: www.hero-farmers.org. A 333-acre organic farm in Kutztown, Pennsylvania
devoted to research, education and certified organic production. The
farm is perhaps best known for its Farming Systems Trial, the longest-running U.S. experiment
specifically designed to compare organic and conventional farming practices.
- The Web site contains an electronic version of the Fuel
Economy Guide and features updated fuel economy data for new and
used passenger vehicles dating back to 1985, allows side-by-sidevehicle
comparisons, and offers fuel-saving tips.
(beta version): www.truevert.com/
-- Green search engine and latest green news.
a searchable directory listing nearly 3,000 businesses that market products
grown or made using specified political or “eco-friendly” principles.
Land Conservation Advocates
·Friends of Cherry
Valley: www.friendsofcherryvalley.com - This local grassroots organization has supported the establishment
of a National Wildlife Refuge for greater Cherry
· Heritage Conservancy: www.heritageconservancy.org
– this organization undertakes natural resource protection and historic
preservation projects throughout eastern Pennsylvania
and western central New Jersey,
with activity in Bucks, Chester,
Delaware, Lackawanna, Lehigh, Luzerne, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, and York Counties
and in Hunterdon, Morris,
Sussex, and Warren Counties
in New Jersey.
It also participates in green urban planning, agricultural land protection,
innovative sustainable land use practices, preservation and/or adaptive
re-use of historic structures, wildlife habitat restoration and best
land management practices.
·The Nature Conservancy of Pennsylvania: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/pennsylvania/
-- Since its inception in Pennsylvania,
the Nature Conservancy has protected globally rare communities like
the serpentine barrens along the southeastern Pennsylvania/Maryland
state line and the vernal pools of the Minsi Lake
Corridor in Northampton
County. Such sites
host a disproportionately large share of Pennsylvania’s
globally rare species. In Monroe
County, Long Pond
and the Tunkhannock Creek Watershed have been protected with help from
the Nature Conservancy.
· Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR):www.dcnr.state.pa.us -- a state agency
charged with maintaining and preserving 116 state parks; managing 2.1
million acres of state forest land; providing information on the state's
ecological and geologic resources; and establishing community conservation
partnerships with grants and technical assistance to benefit rivers,
trails, greenways, local parks and recreation, regional heritage parks,
open space and natural areas. This organization has also recently produced
studies about innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gases, such as carbon
sequestration and harvesting forest biomass for energy. These studies
are available in full text on this website.
· Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC): www.pecpa.org -- PEC protects and restores the
natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education
· The Pennsylvania
Land Trust Association
– PALTA seeks to increase the quality and pace of land conservation
by helping conservation practitioners improve their effectiveness, build
public understanding, and advocate for better governmental policy.
· Pocono Heritage
Land Trust (PHLT): www.phlt.org -- a locally based non-profit conservation group funded by grants,
donations and the contributions of its corporate and individual members.
This organization is dedicated to protecting important lands and waters,
open space, agricultural landscapes and the natural heritage of the
Pocono Mountains region.
· Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) - http://www.state.nj.us/drbc/
Recycling & Reusing Materials
Freecycle (groups.yahoo.com/group/PoconoFreecycle) – Pocono
Freecycle is part of a nationwide, grassroots, nonprofit movement of
people who are giving (& getting) free cast-offs in their own towns.
The goal is keeping usable goods out of landfills. There are
other nearby Freecycle groups that you might wish to join – see
www.freecycle.org to find them. Each local
group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free.
Renewable Energy & Climate Change
Mid-Atlantic Renewable Energy Association: www.paenergyfest.com
– Each September, this organization sponsors the Mid-Atlantic Renewable
Energy and Sustainable Living Festival at the Kempton
in Kempton, near the city of Reading,
MAREA also sponsors other energy conservation workshops throughout the
Trails & Alternative Transportation
· The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC):
www.outdoors.org -- The nation’s
oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization. This group
maintains over 1,700 miles of trails throughout the Northeast, including
nearly 350 miles of the Appalachian Trail
in five states. Opportunities for volunteering are available. AMC
offers many group recreational activities, such as hiking, biking, and
· The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC):
-- a volunteer-based organization dedicated to the preservation and
management of the natural, scenic, historic, and cultural resources
associated with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail in order to provide
primitive outdoor-recreation and educational opportunities for Trail
· Keystone Trails Association (KTA): www.kta-hike.org -- this volunteer-directed,
public service organization is a federation of membership organizations
and individuals dedicated to providing, preserving, protecting and promoting
recreational hiking trails and hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania,
and to representing and advocating the interests and concerns of the
Pennsylvania hiking community. KTA maintains a close
working relationship with state agencies and other organizations engaged
in the business of trails.
Outdoor Club (POC): www.poconooutdoorclub.org
-- Members of this club enjoy hiking, camping, mountain biking, snowshoeing,
cross-country skiing, canoeing, and maintaining area trails. They are
advocates for area trails who seek to work with local agencies and land
managers to develop more recreational trails.
· Rails to Trails Conservancy (RTC): www.railstotrails.org
– RTC works with communities
to preserve unused rail corridors by transforming them into trails,
enhancing the health of America's
environment, economy, neighborhoods and people. This website contains
a free searchable database of nationwide rail trails.
·The Brodhead Watershed Association (BWA): www.brodheadwatershed.org -- a non-profit Monroe
dedicated to protecting and improving water resources and the environment
in the Brodhead and Cherry creek watershed. The BWA
assists municipalities, residents, businesses and groups with protecting
natural resources through education, workshops, seminars, public programs,
stream monitoring and baseline data collection and stream cleanups.
This site contains real-time stream flow data, maps of Monroe County’s
water resources, and the Brodhead Watershed Conservation Plan.
· Clean Water Action: www.cleanwateraction.org/pa -- Clean
Water Action and the Sierra Club have scored all Pennsylvania legislators
on their votes on air quality, clean energy, transportation, open space,
and more. These “scorecards” are available through the CWA website.
Clean Water Action also draws public attention to issues such as the
BoRit Asbestos Site, located by the Wissahickon Creek, which the EPA
has proposed adding to the Superfund National Priorities List.
· Delaware Riverkeeper Network (DRN): www.delawareriverkeeper.org --
DRN's professional staff and volunteers provide environmental advocacy,
volunteer monitoring programs, stream restoration projects and public
education throughout the entire Delaware River Watershed, including
portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and New York.
· Pennsylvania Campaign for Clean Water: www.pacleanwatercampaign.org --
a coalition of over 130 environmental, conservation, sporting, and religious
groups from all corners of the state that speaks in one voice in support
of federal and state policies to protect and restore Pennsylvania’s
· Tobyhanna Creek / Tunkhannock Creek Watershed Association (TC/TCWA):
www.tctcwa.org – the all-volunteer
TC/TCWA seeks to protect the waters, woodlands and wildlife in the 125
square mile Tobyhanna Creek/Tunkhannock Creek Watershed on top of
the Pocono Plateau. Fifteen volunteers monitor twenty-three stream sites
on a monthly basis.