Environmental Issues Committee

The committee will continue to study and educate the public about environmental sustainability, the effects of Marcellus Shale drilling, the impact of plastics on the environment, and climate change in 2021.

In general, the Environmental Issues Committee studies and educates the public about environmental sustainability, the effects of Marcellus Shale drilling, and the impact of plastics on the environment, among other issues.

LWVPA supports the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling (December 2013) based on Amendment One (I), Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution as enacted in 1972 which promises: “…a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment.” Pennsylvania’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people. More information on Shale Gas: http://shalepalwv.org

Currently in 2021, the Environmental Issues Committee, chaired by Vera Bonnet, is learning about plastics’ health and environmental impact, strategies for dealing with plastic disposal, and environmentally safe alternatives to plastic. We have developed a plastic brochure you can access below to learn more about the topic. The brochure is designed to show the magnitude of today’s problem and to encourage everyone to become involved in finding solutions.

If you would like to join this effort, please contact Vera:
We are currently (2021) collecting plastic film with Evergreen Conservancy for a project called Bags to Benches.

 This project is done in conjunction with Trex, a composite decking company. Trex sponsors a plastic collection challenge in which a group or organization that collects five hundred pounds of plastic film receives a free “polylumber” bench from Trex in appreciation for the community’s recycling efforts. Our goal is to collect five hundred pounds of plastic film within a six-month time frame in order to receive the bench. The bench costs nothing more than the effort associated with coordinating people in donating plastic film that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The types of plastic you can recycle in the bins include: bubble wrap, grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap, dry cleaning bags, ice bags, Ziploc / re-sealable bags, and cereal bags. PlasticCollectionPoster

Some additional help for the kind of plastic you can and can not donate:

Please make sure your plastic is clean and dry. thanks so much. 

Please do not include:

  • Degradable/compostable bags or film packaging
  • Pre-washed salad mix bags
  • Bottles or hard plastic of any kind
  • Frozen food bags
  • Candy bar wrappers
  • Chip bags
  • Six-pack rings
  • PPE – Gloves, masks, protective wear
  • Black plastic garden coverings
  • Is the packaging shiny or make a crinkly/crunchy sound.  If so, it’s NOT acceptable.

Here are a couple of ways for you to tell if it is polyethylene or not and can be included:

  1. Check to see if the packaging is labeled with at 2 or 4.  If so, it can be included.
  2. See if the packaging will stretch when you pull it.  If so, it can be included.

There are bins in the S&T Arena, and outside the entrance of the YMCA. Please support this project by bringing your plastic to one of our bins.  No bottles or hard plastic please. Thanks to all who support this recycling project. Any questions can be directed to: evergreenconservancy@gmail.com

In addition, LWVIC has partnered with No Plastic Please Pittsburgh, an organization that empowers individuals and communities to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic including plastic cutlery, take-out containers, bottles, cups bags, stirrers, straws and all Styrofoam.

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Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI)

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a proposal for Pennsylvania to join ten New England and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce climate change pollution. The RGGI strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while generating economic growth.

Members of the public can learn more about the RGGI by reading the information on Pennsylvania’s Department of Environmental Protection website (dep.pa.gov – Click on: Residents: Climate Change; RGGI).

League of Women Voters Mission

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Bench at the new Indiana County Conservation District Office donated by LWVIC in conjunction with the Trex Bags to Benches Project