Zero Waste PA

In Pennsylvania, like all of America, we have a “stuff” problem. We are encouraged to make, use and toss at the greatest possible speed.  That includes items we use once — products such as plastic grocery bags, polystyrene takeout containers, plastic straws and disposable bottles — as well as items we rely on to keep our lives running — such as cell phones, computers and other electronics. But they all share one thing in common: when we’re done with them, there are few easy, affordable, accessible options other than just throwing them away. Only, there is no “away.”

Wildlife Over Waste

Every day people are throwing away tons of single-use cups, containers and other plastic “stuff.” Among the worst forms of plastic pollution is polystyrene foam (the stuff most of us call Styrofoam), which never fully degrades. Nothing we use for a few minutes should be allowed to pollute our oceans and rivers and threaten wildlife for centuries. That’s why we’re calling on state leaders to ban take-out foam cups and containers.

Tropical Forest Protection

To save endangered species, we must protect the world’s tropical forests. Doing so will also help stabilize our climate. We’re doing our part by urging companies to commit to stop cutting down these great forests—a commitment known as zero-deforestation. Many of the companies that harvest and use palm oil have already agreed to make this commitment. Now we’re focusing on the beef and soybean supply chain.

The True Value of Solar

The Cleanest Energy: Conservation & Efficiency

The cleanest energy is the energy we don’t consume in the first place. The way we currently produce and consume virtually all our energy does lasting damage to our environment, our climate and our health—and to make matters worse, much of that energy goes to waste. If we don’t consume as much energy, we don’t need to produce as much. Less production means less pollution and a healthier climate, planet and people.

The Clean Water Network

The people who take action to clean up and protect our rivers, lakes and streams need all the help they can get. Since 2014, our national organization's Clean Water Network has connected these local heroes with each other, uniting over 250 local and regional watershed groups around the country so they can be more effective champions for clean water.

Solar Homes

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