The Yardley Borough Environmental Advisory Council has a vacancy, and is accepting applications from interested residents. If you’re interested, send a resume to Acting Borough Manager Paula Johnson.
On September 29, several streets in Media were closed to cars, allowing citizens to bike, walk, jog, and play safely. The event was the creation of several partners, including the Media Environmental Advisory Council. Learn more about the event in the Delco Times.
There are many paths towards community sustainability. A December 12 seminar hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council will address those paths via several different presentations. A moderated Q&A session with the panelists will follow the presentations, and the seminar will end with a facilitated discussion on community-based carbon offsets. The seminar has been approved for two GBCI CEUs.
- Douglas Smith, sustainability planner for the City of Lancaster, will discuss how they became a Platinum Sustainable PA community and how their program has evolved to include greenhouse gas inventorying, climate action planning, and other sustainability initiatives.
- Dr. Peter Buckland, vice chair of the Ferguson Township Board of Supervisors and academic programs manager at Penn State’s Sustainability Institute, will talk about how he built understanding and good will with key allies to lay the groundwork for green building, climate action planning, and long-term sustainability policy in Ferguson Township and the Centre Region.
- Stacy Richards, director of the Energy Resource Center for SEDA-COG, will speak about how she has worked with several communities in Central Pennsylvania to reduce their dependence on costly fossil fuels, decrease greenhouse gas emissions, attain greater energy security, retain wealth within the region, and create new businesses and living wage jobs to produce products and services focused on energy independence.
- Heidi Kunka, director of USGBC Central Pennsylvania, will share information about the new LEED for Cities program, in which communities can track their performance in water, waste, energy, transportation, as well as human experience and eventually receive a certification.
WHEN: December 12, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
WHERE: Widener Law Commonwealth, 3800 Varitan Way, Harrisburg PA
A continental breakfast will be provided, beginning at 7:30 a.m.
Learn more about the seminar and register here.
Learn from representatives of regional and county regulatory agencies, planners, designers, and conservation organizations about techniques, strategies, and resources for preserving and protecting your community’s fresh water. Continue Education Units (CEUs) will be available for registered landscape architects through the American Society of Landscape Architects LA CES system. Light refreshments will be provided.
Registration deadline: November 29
WHO: All concerned citizens – but especially Pennsylvania municipal officials, council members, and consultants; landscape architects, and land planners
WHEN: Saturday, December 2, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
WHERE: The Washington at Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425 (Directions)
COST: $10 ($25 CEU processing fee)
CONTACT: 610-469-4900 or [email protected]
Hosted by: Green Valleys Watershed Association
Presenters from the Pennsylvania Community Rights Network (PACRN) and the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) will discuss community rights as a legal and organizing strategy for protecting a sustainable future.
Saturday, October 15, 2016 | Pendle Hill Retreat Center (Wallingford, PA)
The presenters will discuss the following topics:
1) how the law prohibits us from governing our own communities, and instead traps us in a system where corporations have more control than we do over the fate of the places where we live;
2) how community rights as an organizing and legal strategy wrests control of our communities from corporate hands, and returns that control to the people living there;
3) how your community can begin this work, advocating for community rights and the change that’s necessary to protect the places we call home.
The Pennsylvania Urban & Community Forestry Council has secured funding for tree planting grants and innovative projects grantsthroughout the state through our partnership with the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Tree planting grants will be available to Pennsylvania municipalities and non-profit agencies throughout the state for projects related to tree plantings with a strong volunteer base. Applicants are required to have the assistance of their local service forester and/or Penn State extension forester in developing a planting plan. Interested applicants should begin by contacting their local DCNR service forester or Penn State Extension Forester and include them in any conversations concerning proposed tree plantings. Those foresters can provide necessary guidance pertaining to grant opportunities as well as native species and sustainable projects. Applications are due September 30, 2016. Notifications will be posted by November 1st with grant terms to include January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017.
For more information, or for a copy of the grant application, please contact Jessica Cavey, Development and Grants Coordinator, at (717) 599-8650 or [email protected].
Unstructured, frequent childhood play in informal outdoor settings powerfully boosts the cognitive, creative, physical, social and emotional development of children. It also engenders deep conservation values-more so than any other factor. If we want future generations to carry on the work of conservation, then we need to be paying attention to what is happening in childhood. To make conservation efforts endure, we must emotionally connect children to nature.
Part 1 of this guide explores the essential characteristics of nature play, the benefits nature play provides and the societal barriers to it. Part 2 describes the array of concrete actions that organizations may take to restore nature play to children’s lives. This includes the creation of spaces for nature play, which don’t have to be expensive ventures, and the various features that can be added or enhanced in a play space to make it more attractive to kids and effective in promoting nature play.
PennFuture, in collaboration with The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is offering a targeted educational program designed to help citizens become more involved in municipal stormwater management — an issue that affects all of us.
PLEASE JOIN US:
Monday – February 23, 2015 – 7:00 PM
The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
PennFuture recently reached a legal settlement with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in an Environmental Hearing Board appeal: PennFuture v. DEP and Upper Gwynedd Township, Docket No. 2013-105-L. The settlement will change the way that municipal separate storm sewer systems, known as MS4s, receive permits in Pennsylvania. Our goal is to offer assistance in clarifying and simplifying the stormwater permit process for watershed and conservation groups and citizens – and make public participation in your borough or township’s planning process easier.
Our presentation will cover:
- What the settlement in the Upper Gwynedd Township case means for you
- Ways for your organization and its members to get involved in the DEP’s process for updating the general permit for MS4s
- Opportunities to get involved in your local municipalities’ stormwater planning process, including:
- When and how you can participate in the public input process — and why it’s a key opportunity for citizens
- What to look for in permit applications, including pollutant reduction plans and TMDL plans
To reserve a seat, you can either call Joy Bergey at number below or register on-line at