Voter Info

The Environmental Issues Committee

In general, the Environmental Issues Committee studies and educates the public about environmental sustainability, the effects of Marcellus Shale drilling, and the impact of plastics on the environment, among other issues.

LWVPA supports the Pennsylvania Supreme Court Ruling (December 2013) based on Amendment One (I), Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution as enacted in 1972 which promises: "...a right to clean air, pure water, and to the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic and esthetic values of the environment." Pennsylvania's public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the Commonwealth shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people. More information on Shale Gas:

Currently in 2020, the Environmental Issues Committee, chaired by Vera Bonnet, is learning about plastics' health and environmental impact, strategies for dealing with plastic disposal, and environmentally safe alternatives to plastic. We have developed a plastic brochure you can access below to learn more about the topic. The brochure is designed to show the magnitude of today's problem and to encourage everyone to become involved in finding solutions.

If you would like to join this effort, please contact Vera:

We are currently (2020) collecting plastic film with Evergreen Conservancy for a project called Bags to Benches

This project is done in conjunction with Trex, a composite decking company. Trex sponsors a plastic collection challenge in which a group or organization that collects five hundred pounds of plastic film receives a free "polylumber" bench from Trex in appreciation for the community's recycling efforts. Our goal is to collect five hundred pounds of plastic film within a six-month time frame in order to receive the bench. This project runs February 1 to August 2020. The bench costs nothing more than the effort associated with coordinating people in donating plastic film that would otherwise end up in a landfill. The types of plastic you can recycle in the bins include: bubble wrap, grocery bags, bread bags, case overwrap, dry cleaning bags, ice bags, Ziploc / re-sealable bags, and cereal bags.

There are bins in several locations: in the lobby of the Borough Building on 8th Street, the S&T Arena, and the entrance of the YMCA. Please support this project by bringing your plastic to one of our bins. Plastic must be clean and dry. No bottles or hard plastic please. Thanks to all who support this recycling project. Any questions can be directed to

In addition, LWVIC has partnered with No Plastic Please Pittsburgh, an organization that empowers individuals and communities to eliminate unnecessary single-use plastic including plastic cutlery, take-out containers, bottles, cups bags, stirrers, straws and all Styrofoam.

Learn more about our the activities of our Environmental Issues Committee: