Thursday, June 26, 2014

Help Protect our Air!

The Obama administration has recently won a string of very hard-fought court victories pushing back challenges to strengthening the Clean Air Act. For Pennsylvanians, this finally means an opportunity to breathe cleaner air. That is, if our state representatives don’t stand in the way. Every year, Philadelphia suffers many poor air quality days where we’re out of compliance with the Clean Air Act. A major contributing factor is pollution wafting over us coming from coal-fired power plants located in Western PA.
Yesterday, our rep in the PA General Assembly, Cherelle Parker, voted for House Resolution 815 petitioning the EPA to allow Pennsylvania to adopt “less stringent emissions standards or a longer compliance schedule” for coal-fired power plants than the new EPA guidelines call for. If this comes to pass, it will mean many more years of dirty air for Philadelphia families, with serious health consequences including more ER visits for children with asthma. To me, House Resolution 815 reads like it was drafted by the Coal Lobby, and I suspect it was.
This is very shortsighted thinking. I will be contacting Ms. Parker’s office to express my disappointment. If you also find this vote objectionable, please consider doing the same. You can use this web form to send an email  to Representative Parker:

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Free Rain Barrel!

The ECA and the Water Department's Rain Barrel Workshop (free of charge) will be held at the Mt Airy Art Garage (MAAG) this coming Saturday, May 17, at noon. You'll have a great time!

Rain Barrel Workshop at MAAG!!!

Rain Barrel workshop at Mt Airy Art Garage (MAAG)!!
Design and Create Your Own Rain Barrels For Spring|Arleen Olshan
3 Saturday Sessions, June 7 – 21
Noon till 3 pm
Class Fee: $150 includes up to 2 participants & all materials fees. Please bring your rain barrel.
Click here to register:

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Eco Alley recap!

Eco Alley at Sunday's Garden Fest was super popular despite the rain! Folks had a great time watching Urban Drawl and dancing in the rain. Kiddie yoga was cancelled becasue of the rain but the lovely Dierdre Killkenny of Nature Yoga came by just in case the rain gave a reprieve.
Once the rain subsided festival goers perused the wares at Philadelphia Salvage, Ecoquette, Happy Cat Farms and Nexus Recycled Art.
Many thanks to Green Earth Gardens who created our beautiful entryway and to Valley Green Bank for allowing the bank to be the drop off point for books for the Book FreeCycle. Also a big thank you to the hard working GRinCH volunteers who sorted books for hours: Noreen Spota, Mansura Karim, Lee Meinicke, Linda Rauscher, Joan Martini and Zeta Cross. And a very special thank you to all of the citizens who gave a donation at the book FreeCycle and at Weird Waste Day last Saturday.
All doantions fund GRinCH's Green Warrior student grant program.

Friday, April 25, 2014

2 GRinCH events next weekend!!!

Our next EWaste event is Sat. May 3rd from 1-4pm at Norwood Fontbonne in CH Hill (Gtown Ave. entrance) See the flier below for complete information on Weird Waste Day!

And visit ECO ALLEY at the Garden Fest on Sunday May 4th from 11am-5pm at its new location on Southampton Ave. next to the Ch Hill Hotel! Join us for Kiddie Yoga with Deirdre Kilkenny at 12:30, Local band Urban Drawl and a Book FREECycle! Plus great vendors like Philadelphia Salvage and Happy Cat Farm! 

If you would like to contribute books, CD's and DVD's to the FREECycle please drop them off at the Chestnut Hill Valley Green Bank during normal banking hours this week. 

Thank you for recycling!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Green Warrior Grant applications are now OPEN!

If you are a student living in the 19118 zip code and would like to apply for a Green Warrior student grant please read on! You can apply for grants of up to $500 for a "green" project at your school such as creating an organic garden, implementing a plan for recycling or composting, planting trees or native plants. See below for details.

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Next Ewaste Day AKA Weird Waste Day!

Everyone is thinking about Spring and Spring cleaning! So many inquiries about the next Weird Waste Day and here is the flier!