Sunday, August 30, 2009
Energy Efficiency in Older Houses
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia
and The Fairmount Park
In Collaboration with:
The Historical Society of Tacony
Tacony Civic Association
Tacony Community Development Corporation
The Germantown Historical Society
The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce the next in our ongoing series of workshops for owners, and aspiring owners, of historic homes. Attendees will have a great opportunity to learn about the best practices for the restoration and maintenance of older and historic homes.
These workshops are free and open to the public, but reservations are required.
Reservation/ information: Contact Patrick Hauck, Director of Neighborhood Preservation Programs, or patrick@preservatio nalliance. com.
Weird Waste Day
As a service to the community the Mt. Airy Business Association in conjunction with Valley Green Bank invite everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to properly dispose of all unwanted electronics, including televisions, computers, printers, hard-drives, monitors, vcrs, radios, video games, transformers, and even batteries! Bring your weird waste to the Valley Green Bank parking lot on Sept 26th between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. and we’ll make sure that it gets responsibly recycled.
Cost to you is $0.32 per pound.
We have engaged, IRN, a recycling network that helps businesses and institutions find the most responsible, efficient and cost effective way to recycle all materials . All products are hand dismantled and shredded. Each item is directed to the right end market and recycled safely, in full compliance with all environmental regulations.
Mt. Airy Business Association
7208 Germantown Avenue, Suite 7
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Saturday September 12, 2009
Down to Earth: Artists Create Edible Landscapes is an exhibition that
highlights the growing focus and emergence of “green” principles and
sustainability in relationship to food, art, design and agriculture. Guest curator
Amy Lipton, Co-Director of New York’s ecoartspace, selected six artists and
artist teams who are working to create socially engaging interventions in the
landscape related to food and agriculture, creating an aesthetic and cultural link
between art and farming.
After the artists formally introduce their work, visitors will have the opportunity
to meet the Edible Landscapes artists at this family friendly event! The Edible
Landscapes Festival will include an artists’ talk and tour, activities for all ages
led by the artists, as well as hay rides, a composting station, a guided edible
plants trail walk, and much more!
Artists’ talks and tours of the Garden Installations
2:30pm – 3:45pm
Hayrides to The Schuylkill Center’s Organic Farm
4pm – 6pm
Edible Plants Hike
5pm – 6pm
2pm – 6pm
Beekeeping Demonstration by local beekeeper Joe Duffy
Farmstand featuring organic produce from The Schuylkill Center’s Market
Location: The Down to Earth Exhibitions and Edible Landscapes Festival will be
held at The Schuylkill Center’s Second Site, located at the corner of Port Royal
Avenue and Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA 19128. For directions, please
visit our website at www.schuylkillcenter.org.
Support: Down To Earth: Artists Create Edible Landscapes is supported by The
William Penn Foundation, and an award from The National Endowment for
Media Contact: Lisa Sonneborn / Communications Manager
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
Tel. 215.482.7300 x 139
| GreenFest Philly |
is just around the corner!
The 4th Annual GreenFest Philly is just a couple weeks away!
Join us on Sunday, September 13 from 11am to 6pm at 2nd and South Streets in . Over 200 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors will fill the streets to learn & share how fun it is to be green!
EXHIBITOR SPACE is still available. For more information please follow this link:
Calling Artists and Volunteers!
GreenFest Philly needs your help! Volunteer shifts are available on September 13th from 6am to 8pm and we can use all the hands we can get so bring a friend or put together a group. Visit our web site & fill out the application today!
Individual Volunteer Application
Group Volunteer Application
We're also still accepting applications for our Green Film Festival and Eco-Fashion Show.
EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: From sustainable living tips to environmentally conscious fun for the whole family, there will be something for everyone at this year's GreenFest!
| Call For Plastics! |
Please bring your unrecylable plastics (#3, 4, 5, 6 & 7), aluminum foil, milk cartons, styrene egg cartons, etc. that would otherwise be recyclable, but are not in Philadelphia. Please check out this list of goodies that we need to create recycled art with help from the Dumpster Divers!
The theme of this year's event is sustainable FOOD. Highlighting everything from ORGANIC to BUYING LOCALLY to having a vegetarian or FREE-RANGE diet, this year's event will allow us to educate others on the importance of supporting our local farmers' markets as well as how to make more conscious decisions at the grocery store. Come and try some of the eco-friendly foods available and learn about the impact our food choices have on the environment. Find out how easy it is for you to grow your own food- even if you are living in a studio apartment in Center City! Come and learn the truth about food from the green leaders in the Organic Food Industry at our Food Symposium.
ADOPT A RECYCLING STATION!
Hand-made Recycling Stations will be located throughout the festival to teach everyone how to separate trash from compostables and recyclables. Show your support by putting your name on a Recycling Station today. Let's show Philly how easy event recycling can be!
Friday, August 28, 2009
Locally Grown is the new organic. Not that there is anything wrong with organic which is defined as fruits and veggies grown without chemical pesticides and insecticides. In the meat world hormone free, free range and grass fed are the equivalent and in the sea world wild caught fish trumps farm raised. After all, Organic is the way all food was raised and grown before the 20th century. While organic has become increasingly popular in the past decade, some of the standards have veered away from its original ideals. In addition, organic labeling is an expense many small farmers cannot afford. Some local Lancaster farmers employ organic methods but market their products as pesticide free. The wildly popular Saturday morning Winston Rd. Farmers Market has such farmers. They are often available to answer questions about their farming methods. Customers like the fact that they are supporting local businesses, getting a fresh products and helping to reduce the energy consumption involved in shipping.
Energy consumption is something to consider as well as a country's farming standards. A crate of tomatoes shipped from Holland consumes a tremendous amount of energy to get here. Asparagus grown in Central America? If I am warned not to drink the water in a particular country, why would I eat the veggies that were drinking that very water?
Locally grown has become extremely popular as people consider their food source more thoughtfully. And it's much easier to do this in the summer in the Northeast when produce is so abundant. Last week, on our way to Maine, we stopped at farm stands and quaint little towns from Kennebunkport to Cambridge and Salem to Portland. "Buy Local" was the common theme in promoting these communities and they appeared to be thriving. Supporting local businesses, particularly independently owned that craft their own products, results in more money kept in the local economy. Good for the community and good for the earth-win win.
Monday, August 10, 2009
|RECYCLING RATE AT AN ALL TIME HIGH|| |
Next Great City applauds the City of Philadelphia and you for making big strides in recycling. According to the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, residential recycling in Philadelphia has reached an all time record with a 46 percent increase in household recycling over the last year. For fiscal year 2009 (July 2008 June 2009) the Streets Department collected 75,060 tons of waste from Philadelphia households, a 23,734 ton increase from last year. The average household with City collection recycled 278 pounds of their waste last year, 88 pounds more than in the previous year. The diversion rate, the amount of residential waste that ends up in recycling compared to trash, is now nearly 12-1/2 percent, an increase of over 5 percent since Mayor Nutter took office in January 2008. This amounts to saving of nearly $5,000,000 in avoided landfill costs.