November 1, 2002 |
A Springfield, Delaware County, community activist who was sued earlier this year by a local development company for remarks he made at a township meeting is seeking payment for his legal expenses, invoking a Pennsylvania law that protects people who speak out on environmental issues. Justin K. Miller, an attorney for Keith Mock, said that he believed this was the first time the law, which was passed in late 2000, has been used as a defense in a lawsuit. Robert Richards, director of the Pennsylvania Center for the First Amendment, agreed and said that the case "will be closely watched" by environmental and antidevelopment advocates, especially to see whether the courts rule that the law still applies, even though the suit was dropped before going to trial.
September 26, 1996 |
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbit, who four years ago touted Dick Zimmer's environmental record, traveled to New Jersey yesterday to take it all back. Appearing at a news conference organized by the New Jersey Environmental Federation, Babbit said Zimmer voted in Congress to weaken restrictions on wetlands development and to reduce federal oversight of ocean dumping. Zimmer, a Republican, is running against fellow Congressman Bob Torricelli, a Democrat, for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Bill Bradley, and Zimmer and Torricelli have each sought to depict himself as having a strong record on the environment.
June 19, 2016 |
What Airbnb has done for vacationers looking for a room to rent, Alfrea hopes to do for those looking to grow their own food. The New Jersey-based start-up launched Alfrea.com Friday to connect those wanting to garden with people who have some extra planting space to offer. And if growers wind up with more tomatoes and zucchini than they can make sauce and bread with, Alfrea.com will help them sell that surplus. The site also provides matchmaking with gardening experts, such as people who will water and weed for $20 an hour, and others offering canning services for $15 an hour.
November 8, 1992 |
Noel Brown, director of the United Nations Environmental Programme for North America, will speak Saturday in West Deptford at a special forum on environmental issues. The South Jersey Environmental Information Center will meet at the West Deptford Public Library to discuss balancing economic growth with protection for the environment. Brown will deliver the keynote speech. Brown attended the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June and will summarize its results. Titled "Roadmap to a Healthy Future," the forum will inform people about how experts from industry, government and environmental groups are addressing the issue, said Millicent Gaskell, an environmental specialist at the center.
April 10, 2006
RE THE letters supporting Sen. Rick Santorum's environmental voting record: The harsh reality is that time and time again, Sen. Santorum has voted against the most important environmental proposals while serving in the Senate. It shows in his ratings with some of the leading environmental groups. Since 1999, Sen. Santorum has averaged a score of under 4 percent with the League of Conservation Voters, including two congressional sessions with the dismal score of 0. Sen. Santorum also received a 0 from PennEnvironment every year since 2000 except the year he received 5 percent.
April 22, 1992 |
As the nation celebrates Earth Day today, organizers of Earth Week activities in Philadelphia say that the commitment of government agencies to solving environmental issues appears to have weakened - possibly as a result of the budget deficit and the ailing national economy. But business, they say, is stepping in. "During the past two years, I sense that there is definitely less interest on the part of government in solving these problems," said Joanne Denworth, president of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, a nonprofit group that is co-sponsoring this year's events.
April 5, 1990 |
The elements of the discussion were diverse: Big Macs, acid rain, birth control, Exxon and Polish Solidarity. The participants were equally diverse: a theologian, an engineer, a geographer, a corporate lawyer, a college professor and a federal environmental official. The six were members of a panel that met Saturday at Haverford College to ponder a massive puzzle, "The Environment and Our Future. " The need for changes in attitude and behavior was the recurrent theme of the informal three-hour session attended by more than 100 people.
January 16, 1992 |
Because there's a toxic dump - Ewan - in Shamong big enough to make the federal Superfund list and a dam on the disappearing Indian Mills Lake that state authorities said needed emergency repair, the proposed creation of an environmental commission for the township sounded like a good idea. At least it did early in the fall when the Township Committee adopted an ordinance establishing the commission, to be composed of committee-appointed volunteers interested in environmental issues.
January 23, 2016 |
A decade ago, Philadelphia had a 5 percent recycling rate, and the only environmental issue ever to come up in municipal elections was parking. So success seemed improbable when Christine Knapp began calling for the next mayor to adopt a sustainability agenda and create a citywide office to enact it. But - whether timing, luck, or skill - it worked. In 2008, Mayor Michael Nutter created the Mayor's Office of Sustainability. In 2014, voters made it a permanent department: the Office of Sustainability.
May 17, 2015 |
The trick to presenting Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People is to keep it from becoming the enemy of the audience. A precise if relentless study in human alienation, this five-act, so-sad-it's-almost-funny play about an idealist who preaches his truth at all costs opened Thursday at the Bristol Riverside Theater. The play is packed with many issues extremely relevant to our own time - and it pushes the cast to its limits. Written in 1882, An Enemy of People immediately predicts the downfall of its crusading main character - one Dr. Thomas Stockmann (Kevin Bergen)