Television - Local Programs - Greenlife Pennsylvania
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Zap! stands for Zero Air Pollution. Since 1994, Zap has been the leader in electric vehicles, delivering over 100,000 in more than 75 different countries. These vehicles run completely on electric power and use no gas at all. These vehicles reduce pollutants by more than 90 percent compared to the cleanest conventional gasoline-powered vehicles. Zap ranges from small electric scooters to electric sedans and is one of the only companies who offer electric city-cars and trucks. Zap is even in production of a high-performance electric vehicle called the ZAP Alias, of which they estimate a range of 100 miles per charge with a top speed of 75 mph.
The vehicle featured in this clip is the Xebra Electric Sedan, which seats up to four passengers and is designed to be a compact, affordable alternative to the much more expensive models out there. Getting up to 25 miles per charge, it’s the perfect solution to high gas prices. This car, like most of the other cars that Zap has to offer, has three wheels, making production much cheaper and therefore doing the same to cost for the public.
Create a Backyard Habitat
Audubon Pennsylvania is an organization that looks to conserve and restore natural ecosystems around the state of Pennsylvania. This organization, through different strategies, aims to preserve the wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
Audubon reaches out to volunteers to help preserve the natural environment that we all share. They look to schools and other public places to help spread the growth and preservation of natural ecosystems. Audubon also educates "connecting people with nature" by developing a network of Audubon Centers and using proven and innovative education programs to promote a lifelong conservation ethic.
Audubon Pennsylvania’s mission of conserving and restoring natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, wildlife, and their habitats helps to shapes the Commonwealth’s conservation agenda.
The Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center is a facility where injured and orphaned wild animals receive treatment until they are healthy enough to be returned back into the wild.
In addition to caring for a variety of animals, Kathy and Eric Uhler, Directors of the center, provide educational presentations to groups of any age and size. For these programs, their wildlife guests travel with them to provide a close-up experience with the wildlife for the audience.
To learn how you can get in touch with the Wildlife Guardians, visit poconowildlife.com.
Slime in the Outdoors
From salamanders to mold, these outdoor explorers will be up close and personal with some of nature’s most slimy stuff.
The Clear Creek State Park opened in 1922. By 1937, the Civilian Conservation Corps had built the cabins, the swimming area, the food concession building, restrooms, trails, bridges and roads. Today, the park is home to a variety of environmental and educational experiences. The park offers guided walks, hands-on activities and evening campfire programs in the camping area. Free camping, canoeing, 25 miles of hiking trails and even sledding and cross country skiing in the winter times are also offered in this 1,676 acre park.
At the Powdermill Nature Center you will find a fully operational, one-of-a-kind “Marsh Machine.” The Marsh Machine is a filtration system that takes wastewater produced in the nature center (from bathrooms, kitchen use, etc.) and filters it through a series of systems and ultimately produces water that is pure enough for native wild brook trout to live in. Suspicious? It’s true. The system is housed in an indoor greenhouse with a variety of plants, and works very similarly to a natural wetland. All wastewater enters the marsh machine and gets filtered through the plants. It’s a closed-loop system. The recycled water is then returned back into the nature center for use in non-potable functions.
Powdermill also recycles this water directly to one of its main exhibits, the “Living Stream.” Here, the water becomes home to native brook trout. It’s an excellent example of just how well the system is purifying the water.
In 2007 the Powdermill nature center used sustainable building technologies to expand its building to offer additional educational opportunities. It now offers s second multi-purpose classroom, a permanent exhibit hall, special exhibits gallery, an outdoor classroom/courtyard, and, restrooms which use the recycled wastewater. The Powdermill nature center is open to the public and welcomes school field trips.
To learn more on the Powdermill Nature Reserve and the Marsh Machine, visit powdermill.org