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Boonshoft Museum New Permanent Exhibit Teaches Children about Water Conservation and Stewardship

May 14, 2012

Boonshoft Museum Partners with American Standard and WinWholesale to Bring Water Conservation Exhibit to Life. A new exhibit designed to teach children about the importance of water conservation has opened at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton, Ohio, thanks in large part to a partnership with American Standard and WinWholesale, Inc. Through the interactive “Splash!” exhibit, museum goers of all ages learn about the earth’s water cycle, the impacts that humans have on water access and quality, and about careers — like plumbing, geology and environmental conservation — related to water stewardship. The museum contacted WinWholesale, headquartered in Dayton, about participating in the exhibit. Upon agreeing to take part, WinWholesale contacted American Standard to also partner with the museum. “We were pleased the Boonshoft Museum asked WinWholesale to become involved in the water conservation exhibit in our home town,” said Rick Schwartz, WinWholesale CEO and chairman. “We knew we could count on American Standard Brands, one of our most important product suppliers, to help with the display.” “The goals of this new exhibit perfectly complement our own efforts to promote the importance of water efficiency in homes and in the workplace,” said Jay Gould, president and CEO of American Standard Brands. The eye-catching displays employ familiar plumbing fixtures to help visitors understand how individual actions impact water resources – including aquifers, rivers, and lakes. The product donation from American Standard to the museum included bathroom faucets from the Town Square®, Berwick®, Studio®, Copeland™, and Portsmouth® collections, as well as a Pekoe® semi-professional kitchen faucet. “Increasing awareness about how our individual choices affect and improve water quality is an important mission for American Standard,” Gould emphasized. He pointed to the company’s broad selection of water-saving, high performing WaterSense®-certified faucets and toilets, in addition to the company’s partnership with the Green Education Foundation (GEF) to develop a K-12 curriculum focused on water conservation. Said Diane Farrell, vice president of external relations at the Boonshoft Museum, “We are confident that educating the public about the relationships between healthy water, healthy lives, and healthy economies through this permanent exhibit is an effective way to encourage water conservation. We are pleased to partner with American Standard and WinWholesale to advance this worthy cause.” ABOUT AMERICAN STANDARD BRANDS – American Standard Brands is a leading North American manufacturer of a wide range of high-quality building products, including faucets, fixtures, furniture, vitreous china fixtures, cast iron sinks, whirlpool tubs and other wellness products for the bath and kitchen as well as decorative panels. The company currently offers total project solutions for residential and commercial customers; employs more than 5,000 people in the United States, Canada and Mexico; and markets products under well known and respected brands, such as American Standard®, Jado®, Porcher®, Safety Tubs®, Crane Plumbing®, Eljer®, Fiat® and Decorative Panels International®. American Standard Brands is an affiliated portfolio company of Sun Capital Partners. WaterSense® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ABOUT WINWHOLESALE INC. – WinWholesale Inc. is a leading supplier of domestic and industrial supplies and materials headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. The privately-held company consists of more than 450 wholesaling corporations in which WinWholesale is an equity partner, and also Noland Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary. Noland is a wholesaler with nearly 70 locations mainly in the Southeast. Collectively, WinWholesale is referred to as “The Win Group of Companies.” In the group are companies conducting business-to-business wholesale distribution of plumbing and heating supplies; industrial pipes, valves and fittings; heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment; electrical equipment; industrial and commercial fastening hardware; waterworks and utility supplies; and domestic, commercial and industrial pumps. ABOUT THE BOONSHOFT MUSEUM – The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery serves approximately 250,000 people per year and is the Miami Valley region’s premier family learning destination.  The 94,000 square foot venue houses the region’s only Planetarium, and the nation’s only public solar observatory.  The Museum is recognized by the prestigious Association of Science Technology Centers; they are accredited by the American Association of Museums and they are an accredited live animal zoo through the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.  In addition, they are recognized by the Association of Children’s Museums, a national network of institutions dedicated to providing interactive learning experiences for youth.

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Earth Day 2012 Water Conservation Tips Save Money

April 21, 2012

 

Earth Day 22 April is the perfect moment to take several simple steps which consumers can take to help conserve the water supply and lower monthly water and sewer bills while helping the environment, respecting and protecting our drinking water supply. “Earth Day 2012 reminds us of the essential role we each play in respecting and protecting our drinking water supply,” according to Environmental Plumbing Consultant  Ricky Jones of Plumbing Parts Depot® www.plumbingpartsdepot.info a leading plumbing supply warehouse distributor in New York City. Water your lawn early in the morning or at night to avoid excess evaporation. Do not over water your lawn. Fully load the dishwasher and clothes washer before running. Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running hot water over the food. When washing dishes by hand, do not let the water run. Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways. If you have a swimming pool, use a cover. You will cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent. Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste up to two thousand gallons of water each year in the average home. Leaky toilets can waste as much as two hundred gallons per day. Do not leave the sink running while you brush your teeth.  Check faucets for drips or leaks. Make repairs to save water. Check toilets for hidden leaks. Add six drops of food coloring to the toilet tank.  If the toilet is leaking, color will appear in the bowl within 30 minutes. Inspect tank and bowl for cracks or leaks. Make sure toilets flush properly.  If the handle must be held down for a thorough flush or jiggled to stop the water from running, you may need to replace worn tank parts. They’re inexpensive and you’ll notice a lower water bill from eliminating the running water. Consider a dual-flush converter for older toilets, which saves water with four out of five flushes since a full flush isn’t needed most of the time. An easy and chemical-free way to clean mineral deposits from the showerhead, vinegar.  Unscrew it and soak in vinegar or fill a plastic baggie with vinegar; place it over the showerhead and hold in place with a rubber band.  Soak overnight then remove and gently scrub with an old toothbrush to remove deposits. Showerheads also have retrofit options for maximum water pressure and high-efficiency options. Check the temperature setting on the water heater.  It should be set no higher than 120° F to prevent scalding and reduce energy use. Carefully drain several gallons from the water heater tank to flush out corrosion causing sediment, which reduces heating efficiency and shortens the life of the heater. Consider replacing a water heater more than 15 years old with a newer, more energy efficient model. Life expectancy for water heaters is only 11 years so if yours is older, you’re on borrowed time. Check dishwasher, washing machine and icemaker supply hoses for bulges or leaks, yet another source of waste and inefficiency. Replace hoses showing signs of weakness or older than ten years. Stay away from environmentally unfriendly, quick-fix drain solutions and instead make drain maintenance a monthly habit by utilizing a nontoxic bio-based pipe shield product. Clean out washing machine lint trap, if equipped. You can reutilize an old pair of pantyhose to replace a wire trap over the end of the hose that drains the washer. Check exposed pipes under sinks and in the basement for signs of leaks. If your home has a sump pump, make sure it operates properly by pouring a few buckets of water into the sump pit. The pump should quickly turn on, discharge the water then shut off without any problems. In the case that you need to replace, energy-efficient models are available. Install a backflow valve in the floor drain if you live in an area where sewers sometimes back up into homes. This device will prevent future backups which wreak havoc on your home environment, are hazardous to health and require harsh cleaning agents to remedy. Inspect for slow leaks in your home by taking a reading on your water meter before bedtime. The next morning, without using any water overnight, take another reading.  If the reading has changed you have a leak that should be repaired. Install flood alarms. Like a smoke alarm, a flood alarm is an inexpensive battery-operated device that sounds an alarm when it comes in contact with water. It alerts you to potential flooding or leaks. Make sure yard drains, gutters and downspouts are cleaned out, open, and free of debris. Check for bird nests in plumbing vent pipes. Check faucets and hose bibs to make sure water flows freely.  If an outdoor faucet drips or if there is leakage inside your home the first time the hose is turned on for the season, you may have had a frozen pipe that cracked and needs to be replaced. Install inexpensive aerators on all of your faucets for water and water bill savings. “We are all stewards of the water we drink and use for other purposes,” Jones  said. “By taking these simple steps, we can feel confident that we are doing our part. Do not wait a week to fix that leak Plumbing Parts Depot has the devices to stop leaks and make you environment friendly.”

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Plumbing Supplies Depot Celebrates National Fix-A-Leak Week

March 9, 2012

Plumbing Supplies Depot, www.plumbingsuppliesdepot.com is a leading North American plumbing distributor of New York City reminding everyone to check for water leaks inside their homes and businesses during national Fix-A-Leak week, 12-18 March 2012. Fix-A-Leak Week is part of the  US Environmental Protection Agency  Water Sense program. “Fixing leaks is one of the easiest ways consumers can save water,” said Scott Mann of PSD. “Simply repairing a leak can save more water than replacing plumbing fixtures or making lifestyle changes to reduce water consumption – and it is usually a whole lot easier and less expensive.”

According to Water Sense, an American home can waste, on average, more than 10,000 gallons of water every year due to running toilets, dripping faucets, and other household leaks. Nationwide, it is estimated that more than one trillion gallons of water leak from U.S. homes each year. These leaks can significantly and unnecessarily increase water bills. In a recent interview, Scott Mann said “to determine if there is a leak inside a home or business, customers should check their water meter at a time when all faucets and water-using devices are off”. “Most modern meters have a triangular indicator that will rotate if there is even a small leak,” said Mann. “Faucets are a common culprit, but you can usually see or hear them dripping. Toilets are the most common source of hidden leaks. They can waste large volumes of water from constant slow leaks or intermittent sticking of internal parts like floats and flapper valves.”  Are leaks wasting your money, many people don’t think about how much water they use until their bills arrive in the mail. By then, it’s too late to consider what steps could have reduced water usage and water bills. A quick check for leaks can save you unnecessarily high water and sewer bills.

If your water meter registers with no water running you have a small leak. Check All Faucets – It’s important to remember that leaks don’t disappear. While some occur only intermittently, like when the toilet is flushed, leaks very often become worse very rapidly. Most leaks run 24 hours a day. That’s nearly 9,000 hours a year. If your toilet isn’t the culprit, you might have a leak in a faucet. If your faucet drips after being turned off firmly, turn off the supply line. Take the faucet apart and replace the washer. With faucets of simple design, these repairs are not difficult. However, if you’re unsure, or if the washer doesn’t stop the leak, consider calling a plumber. Check Toilets – A leaky toilet could be the single most common leak source in your home. This can result in the loss of hundreds of gallons of water per day. Do you find yourself jiggling the handle to stop noise – Do you hear strange, intermittent noises from the toilet – If you answered “yes” to either of these questions, your toilet is probably leaking. Toilets generally leak for two reasons. First, if the float assembly is not shutting off the water, it allows the water to escape into the overflow pipe. This problem can often be remedied by adjusting the float ball. Second, if the flapper is worn or not sealing properly, water will leak into the toilet bowl. You can check for possible flapper leakage by dropping food color into the toilet tank, do not flush and wait 15 to 20 minutes, if color appears in the toilet bowl, the toilet is leaking and the necessary repairs should be made by a professional licensed plumber. Plumbing Supplies Depot stocks plumbing repair parts for all major brands and offers new Water Sense faucets and toilets for residence and business. # # #

 
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WORLD PLUMBING DAY 2012

February 12, 2012

According to Scott Mann of Plumbing Supplies Depot www.plumbingsuppliesdepot.com “in this day and age with an uncertain economy and shifting tides of current events it is refreshing to have the World Plumbing Day 11 March”, which is intended to provide anyone or any organisation involved in the global plumbing industry with an opportunity to promote the important role played by the industry. Many plumbing industry organisations are actively involved in activities related to the environmental role of today’s plumbing industry and World Plumbing Day provides a good opportunity to emphasise this role to the general public, according to the World Plumbing Council www.worldplumbing.org which promotes professional standards of plumbing to the world. Organisations are encouraged to arrange an event or meeting which will highlight World Plumbing Day. Many plumbing industry organisations are actively involved in activities related to the environmental role of today’s plumbing industry and World Plumbing Day provides a good opportunity to emphasise this role to the general public. WPC has published a Fact Sheet on the environmental aspects of plumbing and this may be used by organisations to assist them in their promotional work. Last Year, the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan resolution formally designating March 11, 2011, as World Plumbing Day. Senate Resolution 100, introduced by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and co-sponsored by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), highlights the role plumbing plays in safeguarding public health in the United States and worldwide, addresses the lack of safe drinking water and sanitation across the globe, declares access to such a vital human right and praises trained plumbing professionals for maintaining, repairing and rebuilding the aging water infrastructure of the United States.

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New York City Plans To Launch Bike Share Spring 2012

October 17, 2011

The New York City Council held public hearings to discuss the potential launch of a bike share program in New York City, after the New York City Department of Transportation and mayor’s office approved the idea. The New York Department of Transportation anticipates that the city will launch the new bike share in the spring of 2012.  In light of the recent toll hikes by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey , Caroline Samponaro, director of bicycle advocacy at Transportation Alternatives, a city advocate for bicycling, walking and public transit, said a bike share program has become essential to the city’s public transportation future. “Now, we need more options than ever,” she said. “Transportation services are getting crowded, and fares are going up.” While details have not yet been revealed, the DOT reported in a press release that members will most likely be given a trip limit of 30 minutes each day for free after which they would return the bikes at docking stations throughout the city. A small fee would be collected for any trip longer than 30 minutes.

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Christmas Giving 2011 The Miniature Christmas Tree

September 27, 2011

Miniature Christmas trees are the perfect Christmas trees for your home decoration and gifting whether for corporate special customers, the elderly or relatives who live alone. Here are some really nice miniature Christmas trees that you can purchase online as a gift. Our Best Bet is a Traditional Live Miniature Christmas Tree by the Aruntx Shopping Marketplace www.aruntx.com/ featuring a Beautiful Table Christmas Tree Living Two Foot Spruce Decorated Gift, shop smart this holiday season for Aruntx Christmas Trees with hand-crafted beautiful decoration the Table Top Christmas Tree Live Two Foot Spruce available with white or color lights is a good choice. There is nothing better than a fresh living Christmas tree for the holidays. We also found Jackson & Perkins as another perfect place to shop. Jackson & Perkins offers miniature spruce trees that are decorated in many themes including Angels of Peace for $69.95, Christmas Ribbons and Bows for $49.95, Birds and Blooms for $99.95, Nordic for $59.95, Feather Friends fir $69.95 as well as fragrant rosemary trees shaped as a miniature Christmas tree starting at $59.95. If you are looking for a miniature Christmas tree that has the palm tree look, Toys R Us has a 24″ pre-lit miniature palm tree that is just so adorable. The miniature Christmas palm tree has 30 tips, 35 ultra violet clear lights, and a burlap base with an 18″ girth. This is such an adorable miniature Christmas tree that you will want to purchase more than one. The cost of the miniature Christmas palm tree is $19.99 plus applicable shipping charges on the Toys R Us website. Amazon has a unique 2-foot GKI Bethlehem lighting Green River Spruce Christmas tree that comes with 35 clear mini lights that are securely in place and are safety certified. The 2-foot Green River Spruce Christmas tree is delivered on a plastic stand. The miniature Christmas tree is PE and PVC sprinkled with fern-like stems, supple amethyst accented leaves for $14.99. Neiman Marcus sells a miniature Christmas tree with folk-art ornaments. This beautiful miniature Christmas tree is painted lightly in a silver and gold color and comes with a beautiful collection of handcrafted fold art ornament for you to decorate your miniature Christmas tree. The cost of the miniature Christmas tree with folk-art ornaments cost $225 with applicable shipping charges. Remember, if you purchase a live miniature tree be sure to water and keep away from heating so you may plant your treasure on Arbor Day 2012.

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GE Carousolar: Old Fashion Clean Fun Meets Futuristic Technology Fun And Sun At NYC South Street Seaport

August 7, 2011

General Electric brings goods thing to life for Mother Nature with a unique solar powered LED-illuminated old-fashioned merry-go-round. The GE “Carousolar,” a refurbished 1926 kids ride spreads joy using a solar-powered electric motor. The GE solar-powered twist on the family favorite carousel has landed in New York’s South Street Seaport from August 3rd through September 7th, and is available to the public from 10 AM to 10 PM daily, running every 10-15 minutes with back-to-back rides all day. www.2a1.us/187 – Kids can take a free ride on the GE “Carousolar” 1926 refurbished, carnival carousel using solar panels, while moms and dads can charge their mobile devices at one of the 12 GE solar-powered charging stations and check out lots of new and innovative things GE is currently working on in solar designbuild. The beautiful all-white carousel lights the night sky illuminated by very cool and colorful GE TETRA Contour LED lights, the power behind the venue are 100 GE CdTe thin film solar panels an innovative, ultra-thin film solar module which harnesses the power of the sun to produce electricity hopefully be used to generate significant amounts of clean energy in the future as opposed to using coal or gas. It is not just fun playful model ponies that makes this merry-go-round spin solar power is doing most of the pushing. GE rebuilt an old Allan Herschell Co. carousel from Arkansas. Among the 30 horses, two chariots and two chickens, some of the parts were nearly a century old. Workers stripped the ancient three-phase AC motor and replaced it with a quieter motor from an electric car. GE Indoor Lighting luminaries are designed to produce optimum illumination from the lamp, optical system and ballast, while providing specific light patterns for specific applications. These reliable systems help to improve safety and energy savings, while enhancing productivity and efficiency, to put your industrial workplace in the best possible light. The cost-competitive GE solar solution requires less material than alternative technologies to achieve high levels of performance, a breakthrough that is said to nearly double the Thin Film share of the solar panel market by 2013. According to Rodger Ester of Plumbing Supplies Depot www.plumbingsuppliesdepot.com New York City, ‘the future of solar is here today making hot water and electricity; some customers even sell surplus electric to major utilities grid making solar a popular cost-effective solution to improve the bottom line’.

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Magic Of The 1106FP FilPro Ballcock Plumbing Device Saves Water

June 5, 2011

Plumbing Supplies Depot has announced that the 1106FP FilPro Ballcock water control valve is now available for immediate delivery to your door. Two years ago this plumbing supply replacement product vanished from the marketplace when the Brass Craft Company ceased production of this item. Rodger Ester of Plumbing Supplies Depot www.plumbingsuppliesdepot.com in a recent interview said ‘The demand for the hard to find 1106FP FilPro Ballcock was such that we had to begin producing our own product to keep our customers happy.’ This item was an Original Equipment Manufacturer part back in the days when Delta Faucet Company manufactured toilets. It is interesting to note that the 1106FP FilPro Ballcock www.2a1.us/126 has also been used in a variety of applications such as boat holding tanks on tug boats, for recreation applications used as a water control device in swimming pools and in agriculture for horse and farm animal watering. Ester continued ‘Customers are elated that the Plumbing Supplies Depot 1106FP FilPro now includes an anti-siphon design to conform with Water Savings and local plumbing codes’. Plumbing Supplies Depot stocks many plumbing items such as a quarter turn long handle water valve which makes daily life in the nautical, agriculture and recreational industries a pleasure of positive water control. Plumbing Supplies Depot has a complete line of water saving devices for the start of peak summer season water consumption, which can put a strain on local water supply and a dent in home sewage budgets. Ester concluded with a recommendation to ‘regularly check your toilet, faucets and pipes for leaks and have them fixed promptly by a plumbing professional. If water leaks are left unattended, the water lost can easily climb into the higher rates, resulting in hundreds or even thousands of dollars in additional cost to a monthly sewage and water bill.’ About Plumbing Supplies Depot – The Plumbing Supplies Depot, New York City, NY a global leader in plumbing supply, environmental plumbing, municipal waterworks and wastewater treatment.

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Aqua America CEO Nicholas DeBenedictis Commencement Address Misericordia University

May 26, 2011

Nicholas DeBenedictis, Chairman, CEO and President of Aqua America, presented the commencement address at Misericordia University’s 85th graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 21 2011. A baccalaureate Mass was celebrated before the ceremony. During the Commencement ceremony, Misericordia University presented Mr. DeBenedictis, Charles “Rusty’’ Flack, Jr., chairman and CEO of Diamond Consolidated Industries and a former member of the Misericordia University Board of Trustees; and Father Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C., Ph.D., retiring president of King’s College, with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. The institution also bestowed the Catherine McAuley Medal on Margaret Neff Burke in recognition of her significant service to her community and Misericordia University, and the values to which it aspires. Prior to joining Aqua America, Mr. DeBenedictis spent three years (1989-1992) as senior vice president of corporate and public affairs for PECO Energy, a $4 billion nuclear utility. He was responsible for government relations, economic development and environmental policies, plus implementation of the utility’s public policy positions. From 1986 to 1989, he was president of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Mr. DeBenedictis successfully designed and implemented various economic and business development programs to service the chamber’s growing membership, which dramatically increased to more than 5,500 businesses, putting it among the five largest in the nation. Mr. DeBenedictis also held two cabinet positions for Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburg, serving as secretary of the Department of Environmental Resources from 1983-86 and director of the Office of Economic Development from 1981-83. Before joining the cabinet, he spent eight years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, first as the assistant regional administrator for Region 3, based in Philadelphia, before being transferred to serve in Washington, D.C., from 1980-81. He has received numerous awards for public service and civic leadership, including the 2010 Ellipse Award for Improvement of Quality of Life Through Infrastructure, the 2009 Heart of Philadelphia Award, the 2008 Man of the Year Award, the 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the 1995 Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award. Mr. DeBenedictis was elected chairman of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s board of directors in 2004 and chaired former Philadelphia Mayor John Street’s 21st Century Review Forum Regional Cooperation Committee. He currently serves on the policy committee of the Pennsylvania Business Council and on the board and executive committee of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the board of directors for many regional businesses and, economic and environmental organizations. Mr. DeBenedictis received both his bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in environmental engineering and science from Drexel University. Misericordia University’s commencement guests also know how to make a positive impact on the world and on people. Nicholas DeBenedictis has spent his entire career leaving an environmentally-friendly stamp on his work for the betterment of today and tomorrow. “I’ve made a career out of fixing or filling holes,” Mr. DeBenedictis said during his keynote speech. “I’ve fixed holes in environmental policy, holes in economic plans, holes in the ozone, in environmental laws, holes in safety measures and the for last decade at Aqua America, we’ve been busy fixing holes in water pipes beneath the ground.” During the commencement ceremony, Misericordia University also presented Mr. DeBenedictis, Charles “Rusty’’ Flack, Jr., of Dallas Township, Pa., chairman and CEO of Diamond Consolidated Industries and a former member of the Misericordia University Board of Trustees; and Father Thomas O’Hara, C.S.C., Ph.D., retiring president of King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., with honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. The institution of higher education also bestowed the Catherine McAuley Medal on Margaret Neff Burke of West Pittston, Pa., in recognition of her significant service to her community, Misericordia University and the values to which it aspires. Mr. DeBenedictis’ career began at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during its infancy and at the height of uncertainty about the world environment. The United Nations had issued a report that there was only 10 years left to act before Earth’s environment suffered an irreversible environmental disaster. A year later the first Earth Day was held and a brand new government agency known as the EPA was also formed shortly after this troubling news was delivered to world leaders. “I learned early on at the EPA that every good environmental policy begins and ends with the value of a human life,” he told MU graduates, as he recounted the history of Northeastern Pennsylvania fueling the nation with timber to oil to coal — and now natural gas. “Not simply the philosophical value, but the actual monetary value of one human life. You’ll be happy to know that this year, the value is $9.1 million.” There are real consequences for the environment based on the EPA’s and other government agencies’ life-value calculations, according to Mr. DeBenedictis. When government agencies consider new regulations, they first compare the economic cost of any new law against the benefit of the lives it could save. “So the less value a government agency places on human lives, the less need for regulation to protect and preserve those lives,” he related. The scars of anthracite mining still pollute the landscape of NEPA from the last energy boom in the region. Mr. DeBenedictis believes many people did not know any better and if modern environmental policies had been in place a century ago, the region would look a lot different. “Had we had this calculation at hand when the first coal boom hit, we would be in a very different economic and ethical place,” he believes. “It was our chance to show the world how to use this land in a way that was good for people and the earth. We largely failed. I don’t think we knew any better.” The Marcellus Shale is Pennsylvania’s and NEPA’s second chance at the “energy boom.” The first was met and mined with dirty, brute labor while this generation’s opportunity is being greeted with ideas and innovations. “This is your new world, your Italian Renaissance, your Detroit, your Silicon Valley,” Mr. DeBenedictis said. “It’s ripe with jobs and money and power — and enormous responsibility. “Your state, your economy, your environment, your families — have all been given a second chance. A chance not just for economic prosperity, but also for environmental stewardship. A chance to show the world how to do it right,” he added. The most valuable natural resource, according to Mr. DeBenedictis, does not lie beneath the ground or in the harvesting of wind or water, but rather the “real energy’’ is the people who work to make the world a better place for everyone and everything. “It’s in the people,” he said. “It’s sitting right here in front of me in caps and gowns. It’s in the hearts, minds and hands and wills and souls of each of you. It’s the personal energy you bring to this world that is our most precious natural resource — and one that can make or break this region’s future. “I’ve always said, the harder you work, the luckier you get in life,” Mr. DeBenedictis added. Mr. DeBenedictis acknowledged that his generation has left its stamp on the world — some good and some not so good. Since the 1980s, though, his generation has worked on being sustainable so they would not compromise the needs of future generations, like the Class of 2011 and beyond. “We have left our human stamp on the natural environment and our moral stamp on our laws, on our lives and on our land,” he said. “And now you will begin to leave your stamp on your environment. Your stamp on your world. “Don’t waste your stamp!” Mr. DeBenedictis concluded. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Pennsylvania Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 32 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats. Aqua’s history dates back to January 4, 1886  when a group of Swarthmore College professors were granted a charter to supply water to the residents of Springfield Township, Delaware County Pennsylvania. The professors  were previously part of an association that included Swarthmore residents who had abandoned their wells in favor of nearby spring water. They built a small pumping station and laid pipes to their homes. Initially, new customers were welcomed openly, but as the number of potential customers increased, so did the association’s operating responsibilities. It was then that the association made the decision to incorporate. This company was known as  Springfield Water Company. Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly-traded water utilities and serves almost 3 million residents in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana, Virginia, Florida, North Carolina, Maine, Missouri, New York and Georgia. Aqua America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WTR.

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Earth Day 2011 – The Wonder Of Safe Drinking Water

April 4, 2011

The Wonder Of Safe Drinking Water, a call to action to help protect and preserve a most precious valuable natural resource, drinking water. “Earth Day 2011 reminds us of the essential role we each play in respecting and protecting our drinking water supply,” said Susan Ledger, Plumbing Supply Warehouse, plumbingsupply.me spokesman. “We all share the benefits of our drinking water, which is among the cleanest and safest in the world. By changes in our daily routines, we can all contribute to protecting this resource for future generations; Only one percent of the Earths water is water for human consumption; the total demand for water is 34 million gallons per day.” Ledger  recommends several simple steps consumers can take to help conserve the water supply: Water your lawn early in the morning or at night to avoid excess evaporation. Do not over water your lawn. Fully load the dishwasher and clothes washer before running. Defrost frozen food in the refrigerator or in the microwave instead of running hot water over the food. When washing dishes by hand, do not let the water run. Use a broom, rather than a hose, to clean sidewalks and driveways. If you have a swimming pool, use a cover. You will cut the loss of water by evaporation by 90 percent. Repair dripping faucets and leaky toilets. Dripping faucets can waste up to two thousand gallons of water each year in the average home. Leaky toilets can waste as much as two hundred gallons per day. Do not leave the sink running while you brush your teeth. “We are all stewards of the water we drink and use for other purposes,” Ledger  said. “By taking these simple steps, we can feel confident that we are doing our part. Do not wait a week to fix that leak; www.PlumbingSupply.me has the devices to stop leaks and make you environment friendly.”

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