Final Campfire for 2015

campfire scoutsThe Boy Scouts did a great job setting and putting out our campfires for our Summer Green Learning Series.  We really appreciate the scouts and their scout leaders participation.  Hope you will help us out next summer.

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Final Campfire of 2015 – Stop Idling

bill curzieBill Curzie, Chairman of the Delran Green Team was the final speaker for our 2015 Summer Green Learning Series.  Bill explained that allowing your car to idle wastes gas and contributes to air pollution.  Exhaust emissions worsen asthma, bronchitis, and existing allergies.  Idling emits 20 times more pollution than when driving.  More importantly, it’s illegal to allow your car to idle more than three minutes.  Just think how many times have you gotten into your car and checked your email and sent a few text messages.  Let’s all do our part to make Delran a healthier place to live by remembering to turn off your car when you’re waiting to pick up your kids from  school, clubs and sport fields.  Click for more information.

August 25- Stop the Idling

Outdoor air pollution is caused by small particles and ground level ozone that comes from car exhaust, smoke, road dust and factory emissions. Outdoor air pollution can worsen chronictriggers_outdoors_lg respiratory diseases, such as asthma. Bill Curzie, Chairman of the Delran Green Team and president of Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni Association will talk to residents about outdoor air quality and the primary cause of outdoor air pollution caused by auto emissions and excessive idling. He will share information on regional and local air quality problems and what we can do to improve conditions.

This program was originally scheduled for August 11 but cancelled due to thunderstorms.  Join us for our final Green Learning Campfire at 7:30pm Tuesday August 25 at the campfire at the Methodist Church on Conrow Road.  Bring a chair and bugspray.

August 18 – Home Energy Conservation

Bob WagnerLED bulb enlightened the group on light bulbs.  Incandescent bulbs are no longer available and have been replaced with more energy efficient types – CFL and LEDs.  CFLs take awhile to warm up to full brightness and LEDs will hopefully last a life time.

Bob also explained those complex electric bills.  PSEG provides information on your usage the previous year and the temperatures.  You can use this information to assess how well you are doing.  If you are using the same amount of Kilowatts but the temperature was hotter last summer, you are doing better.  Many were interested in the option of selecting a different energy supplier.  This is only a portion of your electric bill.  It’s about $0.12 per kilowatt hour.  You will continue to pay PSEG for the use of the distribution system which is about 1/3 of your electric cost.

You may want to consider replacing your refrigerator if it’s more than 10 years old with a more efficient Energy Star.  Check out NJ Clean Energy or contact PSEG, they will pay you to replace.

August 18 – Home Energy Conservation

Are you LED bulboverwhelmed with the numerous options for light bulbs?  Miss the day when you only needed to think – 40, 60, 75, 100, or 150 watts?  Join us this Tuesday when Bob Wagner, member of the Delran Green Team, will explain the light bulbs now available and the low cost and no cost things you can do to make your home more efficient and sustainable.  Bob worked in HVAC and for last 15 years he focused on energy conservation.  Campfire starts at 7:30pm at the Methodist Church Fire Pit on Conrow Road.  Bring your family and chairs or a blanket.  You can even bring marshmallows to roast on the fire.Energy star

August 12th Green Team Meeting

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WHEN:  August 12th at 7pm

WHERE:  Delran Township Municipal Building

This is our regular monthly meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  If the door is locked please call (609)217-2875.

• Welcome attendees
• Review and approve July meeting minutes
• Evaluation of Campfire Learning Program
• Update on Delran Day
• Update of Burlington County Buy Local Program
• Water conservation yard sign campaign
• Health and Wellness Program
• Diversity on Boards and Commission
• Update on Sustainable Schools
• Update on Community Asset Mapping project
• Comments from Sustainable Jersey on our application for certification and timeline
• Upcoming events
• Other business

August 11- Stop the Idling

Outdoor air pollutriggers_outdoors_lgtion is caused by small particles and ground level ozone that comes from car exhaust, smoke, road dust and factory emissions. Outdoor air pollution can worsen chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma. Bill Curzie, Chairman of the Delran Green Team and president of Rutgers Environmental Stewards Alumni Association will talk to residents about outdoor air quality and the primary cause of outdoor air pollution caused by auto emissions and excessive idling. He will share information on regional and local air quality problems and what we can do to improve conditions.

Join us Tuesday at 7:30 at the Methodist Church’s fire pit located at 32 Conrow Road.  Bring the family, a chair or blanket, and bugspray.  You can bring marshmallows too.

August 4- Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs

wildlife platesHere’s what you missed on Tuesday.  Jim May entertained the group with his experience working with Conserve Wildlife tagging Horseshoe Crabs and Red Knot birds.  This effort is funding through the purchase of Conserve Wildlife license plates and the check box on your State Tax forms.  The Red Knot begins its migration from the tip of Chile up to Brazil.  The bird fattens up in Brazil for the non-stop flight to the Delaware Bay beaches during the full moon in May.  By then the water has warmed up enough for the Horseshoe Crabs to begin spawning.  Each little Red Knot needs to consume about 15,000 horseshoe crab eggs before resuming the journey to the Hudson Bay.  One of the tagged Red Knots had made this trip over 20 time which is the equivalent of traveling to the moon.  The Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has more information about the Red Knot and how you can get involved.

Restrictions are in place to limit the taking of Horseshoe Crabs.  Fisherman used Horseshoe crabs as free bait.  FDA approved the medical use of horseshoe crabs in the 1970’s. If someone you know got a flu shot, a hip replacement, or pace maker you should thank the horseshoe crab.  The safety of these medical devices and products are tested using horseshoe crab blood.

August 4 – Red knots and Horsecrabs

horseshoe crabHorseshoe crabs are prehistoric looking creatures but the most important food source for the tiny red knot bird.  Every year these birds migrate over 9000 miles from the Arctic to the tip of South America.   Timing is everything and the fate of this shore bird depends on the presences of horseshoe crab eggs on the beaches along the Delaware Bay.  Jim May from Palmyra will share his experiences tracking red knots.  Sure to be a fun time.  Bring your family, a chair, and bugspray to the fire pit at the Methodist Church on Conrow Road.  Action starts at 7:30pm.  Red_Knot_2012c_RWD