Working to protect the environment since 1939
JULY 2016
PRC Mourns Loss of Longtime Employee
Please find Bert’s official obituary here.

Dedicated to the mission of living green throughout his life, Bert had requested that his be a "green funeral," which minimizes the environmental impact of one's final plans. Find more information on green burials here.
We are saddened to share with the PRC community the news that Bert Schwartz passed away on June 10. He was a key member of the PRC East team as Maintenance Supervisor of the Environmental Living Demonstration Center in Ridley Creek State Park for more than two decades. Those who visited PRC or worked with us over the years will fondly recall Bert’s friendly and gregarious presence and personality. His extensive knowledge of the history and operations of our almost 300-year-old facility was a tremendous asset. His excitement and enthusiasm for the Environmental Living Center where we work was infectious.

Bert joined PRC in 1994 to work on the creation of, and renovations to, the Environmental Living Demonstration Center in Newtown Square. Bert became the expert in all things PRC East. He loved sharing his knowledge of our Ridley Creek office and took great pride in keeping it well maintained. From the grounds to the building, from the roof to the basement, this location was his pride and joy.

We express our sincere gratitude for Bert's longstanding dedication to PRC and extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends. We at PRC will certainly miss him!

Green Film Series Continues July 23
​PRC's new Films for a Better Planet series continues with "Plastic Paradise" on Saturday, July 23, at 7 p.m. at Beechwood Farms Nature Reserve in Fox Chapel. 

The series concludes on Saturday, August 20, with "Divide in Concord: The Water Bottle Ban Battle" at Fern Hollow Nature Center in Sewickley. 

Tickets are free, but advance registration is required.

Volunteer to Help Keep PA Waters Clean
​If you enjoy the fun, sun and exercise of gardening, volunteer to help PRC build a rain garden.

​PRC has received a PA DEP Growing Greener grant to build 36 rain gardens in partnership with the Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative!

​The project launches in the fall, so sign up today.
PRC Annual Awards Celebration Set for November
​​​Mark your calendar for Thursday, November 10, 2016 to attend the PRC annual Awards Celebration at the Villanova University Conference Center.

Enjoy a networking reception, hear keynote speaker Patrick McDonnell, Acting Secretary, PA DEP, and support PRC programs.

Looking forward to seeing you there!
Fighting Litter with Art

Keep an eye out for a new public art installation, RECYCLE RIGHT, as it travels around Pittsburgh's Northside neighborhoods and appears in public spaces, vacant lots and community event sites this summer.

​The six-foot-tall recycling symbol -- created from rebar, chicken wire and recyclable litter gathered in public spaces -- serves as the newest element of PRC's Northside Keeps it Clean" campaign to fight litter and increase recycling rates.

“The installation serves to remind Northside residents and visitors of the issues surrounding litter and how much litter is actually recyclable," according to PRC Western Regional Director Justin Stockdale.  "When we toss bottles and cans on the ground, we not only pollute our communities but we prevent these materials from becoming new, useful products."

Take a selfie with RECYCLE RIGHT and submit it for a chance to win a prize.

Follow and tag RECYCLE RIGHT (@recyclerightpgh) on social media and use #NorthsideKeepsItClean to enter.

Household Chemical Collection
Washington County Fairgrounds

"Filmsfor a Better Planet"
​Plastic Paradise

Hard-to-Recycle Collection
North Allegheny High School Allegheny County


Watersheds & Rain Barrels
July 30


Backyard Composting
August 13


Support PRC in a variety of ways:

• Donate
"Green" Lawn Care

1. Go Native
Some areas in your yard may not be right for growing grass, so consider options for growing native plants. Ask other gardeners, a librarian or your county extension agent for ideas.

2. Feed Grass
Leave grass clippings on the lawn since they provide nitrogen and reduce the amount of fertilizer needed by one-half.  

3. Be Realistic
​​​A healthy lawn includes weeds and insects. Lawns will function well and don't need to be perfect.
PENNSYLVANIA RESOURCES COUNCIL       Robert Jondreau, Executive Director
Mario Cimino, Eastern Regional Director  |  Justin Stockdale, Western Regional Director
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PRC West  |  64 South 14th Street  |  Pittsburgh, PA 15203   |  412-488-7490  |