ShopRite celebrates Earth Day every day

ShopRite is passionate about keeping our communities beautiful for generations to come. With this passion comes a commitment to sustainable business practices through the reduction of energy use, diversion of food waste and the sourcing of products from environmentally responsible suppliers, manufacturers and farmers.

But it is through a partnership with their customers that they truly help to make a difference to protect the environment. For years, customers have teamed up with ShopRite to recycle waste, donate unsalable food to food banks and pantries, clean up parks and beaches and reuse their shopping bags at checkout.

Bag ReUse – ShopRite has promoted bag reuse for many years. Today, they continue to provide a broad assortment of reusable bags, and have plastic bag recycling bins at the front of each store. In fact, in the last seven years their customers have kept approximately 380 million bags out of landfills! This means less trash was sent to the landfills and fewer resources were needed to create new bags.

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Exact Solar earns Super Service Award again for 2014

Exact Solar has once again earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local marketplace in 2014.

Mark Bortman, Exact Solar owner, was thrilled with the repeat accomplishment.

“Solar energy is revolutionizing the energy landscape. We save our customers money right away, reducing or even eliminating altogether that line item in every household budget – the utility bill. The average cost-per-kwh from a residential system is generally less than half of what is paid for utility power today. And while utility prices just keep going up, your system price is fixed and you don’t have to worry about rising fuel costs with solar because the “fuel” for our systems is and always will be free. Solar is quick, easy, and affordable and our reviews reflect our commitment to bringing the highest quality systems to our customers every day while providing excellent customer service. We won’t put anything on our customers’ roofs that we wouldn’t put on our own home.”

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Solarize with your neighbors and save!

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Anyone who’s been to a big-box wholesaler knows the (not so secret) secret: buying in bulk saves money. Now, with a “Solarize Philadelphia!” campaign, that concept is being extended to solar energy systems. The idea is to band together with a bunch of neighbors and get a group discount for installing solar panels on your house.

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BCCD presents PA Clean Water Farm Award to Tussock Sedge Farm

On Saturday, September 27th, Bucks County Conservation District attended the Pennsylvania Association of Sustainable Agriculture (PASA) Eastern Region Annual Meeting at Delaware Valley College to present the PA Clean Water Farm Award to Henry and Charlotte Rosenberger for their outstanding stewardship of Tussock Sedge Farm in Hilltown Township. The Clean Water Farm Award Program recognizes Pennsylvania farmers whose exemplary farm management practices result in improved local and downstream water quality.

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Some of the advantages of solar energy

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you had to turn on a light. When you stop and think about it, it is pretty incredible that every time we flip the switch, the lights go on (well, almost).

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Brick by brick, building a sustainable future!

The Friends of Silver Lake Nature Center’s Zero-carbon Footprint, Sustainable Building, also known as an Earthship (a building style created by Michael Reynolds) is nearing completion, and needs your help. This amazing building uses rainwater for water, solar energy for electricity, and thermal mass for heating and cooling.

By purchasing a brick (or bricks), you can help to bring this model project to completion. Your name and/or message will be carved in brick for everyone to see. The bricks will be prominently placed in the Earthship’s entryway.

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Native Plant Demonstration Garden to grow into teaching tool

by June Portnoy

Plans are underway to create a Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Central Park on Wells Road in Doylestown. It will consist of about 1800 square feet around the existing bird bind and small outdoor classroom.

Jeannine Mitchell, a member of the EAC (Environmental Advisory Council) of Doylestown Township and Bird Town Coordinator for the EAC, initiated this project because she wanted to enhance the bird bind environmental education center. She also wanted to create a place where residents can learn more about native plants’ beauty and value.

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Renewable energy becoming mainstream

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Something is happening now that I never could have imagined. As recently as a couple of years ago, it seemed that solar panels were the domain of the rich and NASA. That is not the case anymore. Solar panels have become mainstream, so mainstream that there’s now a category for Best Solar Panel Installations in the Best of Philly annual awards.

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PHS launches awards program for ‘Gardening and Greening’

A new program that honors the beautification efforts of individual gardeners and groups is being launched this year by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. “PHS Gardening and Greening Contest” will spotlight well-designed, well-maintained and inspiring gardens and green spaces throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.

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Cows are like solar panels

submitted by Mark Bortman, Exact Solar, mark@exactsolar.com

Have you heard the expression, “Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?” Well, since no one is giving away free milk, maybe I should buy the cow. The price of milk is close to $4 per gallon. According to CBS News, the price of milk is headed up even higher. I can’t imagine what a gallon is going to cost in five or 10 years.

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