Monday, December 6, 2010

TreeCycling Event!!

The Mt Airy Business Assoc. and GRINCH are holding a TreeCycling event on Sunday Jan. 9th from 1-4pm at Mt Airy and Chew Ave.
Residents can bring their naked Christmas tree to be mulched for $5!!
No landfill for these trees! They will be chipped for ground cover.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Energy Works and YOUR home!

Last week, Mayor Michael Nutter and the Metropolitan Caucus joined together to announce their joint launch of EnergyWorks, a comprehensive energy efficiency program for home and business owners in the Greater Philadelphia region. The program offers professional energy analysis and design services, and brings together all available rebates, tax credits and low-interest loans to make energy saving projects affordable. EnergyWorks will help plan and finance the retrofit of thousands of homes and dozens of major commercial buildings across the region, and will help meet Philadelphia’s Greenworks goals of reducing energy consumption in buildings by 10 percent, making energy upgrades to 15 percent of buildings and creating green jobs.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Another successful Weird Waste Day!

Thank you to all who came out for Weird Waste Day yesterday and brought electronics for responsible recycling! We surpassed the last event collection of 11,000 pounds!!
The electronics will be reused, refurbished and/or dismantled by EForce Compliance. This company is located right here in Philly and is committed to responsible recycling.
GRINCH toured their facilities and spoke with the owner/operators last year to observe their process.
GRINCH will continue to organize and run this event twice a year. We are thrilled that so many people participated and by doing so help to divert toxic metals from landfills and polluting our soil.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Weird Waste Day!


Put Saturday November 13th on your calender for the next Weird Waste Day. GRINCH will be collecting your electronic waste for 40 cents p/pound from 1-4pm in the Valley Green Bank parking lot on Highland Ave. And now that GRINCH is an official non-profit your expense will be a tax deduction!

Here is a complete list of accepted items:
Desktop Computing:
PCs including desktops, mini-towers, laptops and handhelds, notebooks, tablets, hard drives.
Healthcare Equipment:
All non-biohazardous equipment: defibrillators, EKG machines, mobile carts/workstations, patient monitors.
Banking:
Currency counters, coin counters, transaction drawers, check encoders, check scanners, receipt printers, ATM machines.
Point-of-Sale:
POS systems/registers, barcode scanners, receipt printers, barcode printers, card readers, touch screen monitors.
Parts:
AC adapters, memory, motherboards, network, sound and video cards, CD/DVD drives.
Printers:
Laserjet, deskjet, thermal, dot matrix, line printers, plotters, paper trays.
Peripherals:
Keyboards, mice, power supplies, cables, speakers, external drives, etc.
Miscellaneous:
Laptop carry cases, modems, software, cables, cabinets, office furniture, cameras, KVM switches, generators.
Audio/Video Equipment:
TVs and displays, VCR/DVD players, projectors, video and audio conferencing systems, Smart/electronic white boards.
Monitors:
CRTs, LCDs, WYSE terminals, etc.
Data Center Equipment:
Mainframes, mid-range and servers, Power Conditioning/UPS systems, cabinets, relay racks.
Office Equipment:
Copiers, scanners, fax machines, typewriters.
Mobile Devices:
Cellular phones, Blackberry/PDAs, pagers.
Telecom Equipment:
Telephones, switches, PBX, voice mail and VoIP systems, voice stations, headsets.
Storage Equipment:
SAN, tape drives, hard drives, zip drives, data backup systems, disk arrays, thumb/flash drives.
Networking Equipment:
Hubs, routers, switches, bridges.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Solar Schools

PHILADELPHIA SCHOOLS GO GREEN

From installing solar panels to purchasing clean energy, area schools are joining in on the effort to step up Philadelphia’s green status.

The Albert M. Greenfield School, located in Center City, recently became the first public school in Philadelphia to install a solar energy system on its roof. Greenfield’s roof hosts 26 solar panels, creating a system capable of producing an estimated 6,400 kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean energy each year. The solar system is just one phase of the “Greening Greenfield” sustainability program that the school is in the process of implementing.

Area universities are also embracing renewable energy. Drexel University recently announced a commitment to purchase enough wind power credits to account for 100 percent of the power consumed by the school. Drexel’s purchase makes the university one of the 50 largest purchasers of wind power in the nation.

And if that’s not enough, St. Joseph’s University was recently awarded a $1 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to study switch grass and green roofs. St. Joe’s researchers will study how switch grass, a potential biofuel source, is affected by climate change. Their green roof study will evaluate stormwater retention, cooling ability, and other measures of effectiveness for green roofs in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Energy Caps Community Forum


GRINCH and the CHCA present:
Evening of Energy Caps forum
When:
Thursday Sept. 30th
Time: 7-9pm
Where: The Hiram Lodge, ‎8425 Gtown Ave. next to El Quetzal.
Refreshments will be served!
This event is free and open to the public.
The moderator will be Alex Mulcahy, publisher
of GRID Magazine.
For more info contact Noreen Spota at 215-248-8810


Sunday, September 19, 2010

GRINCH makes the CHCA's Black and White Gala a 'Zero Waste' event!


One of the most important goals of GReenINChestnutHill (GRINCH) is to help individuals and businesses find ways to reduce waste. The mantra reduce, reuse and recycle consumes our waking thoughts! When the opportunity arose to assist the CHCA in making the Black and White Gala a 'Zero Waste' event, GRINCH seized the moment.
"Zero Waste?" you ask. According to Wikipedia '
Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. Any trash sent to landfills is minimal.' The idea is to divert as much waste from landfills as possible, reducing the number of gas guzzling trash trucks on the road and methane gas emitted from landfills.
The bulk of the waste created at the B&W Gala or most parties for that matter, is the food and drink. The CHCA has been recycling glass and cans for years but food scraps, plates, cups, napkins and utensils go in the garbage. This year will be different.
GRINCH has sourced compostable plates, cups, napkins and utensils for the event and Philly Compost will pick it up at the end of the evening. It will all be turned into compost that will be used to enrich soil. It's win-win.
For more info about the B&W Gala visit Chestnuthill.org


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Free Webinar on Going Solar in Philadelphia

1BOG (1 Block Off the Grid) is sponsoring a free informational webinar.

Here are the details as provided by 1BOG:

Wednesday, August 25th from 7 to 8pm
"Community Solar Basics for Philadelphians."
Here's the registration link for this free webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/243941114

What attendees will learn:

  • The basic steps of going solar
  • How to decide if solar is right for their home
  • The average amount Philadelphia households can save by going solar
  • How to make money through Pennsylvania's SREC program
  • Solar rebates available from the state & federal government
  • Newer, more attractive styles of solar panels
  • Answers to their specific questions

Homeowners can watch and listen to this webinar right from their home computer or laptop, so it's a really convenient way for them to learn about solar energy. This webinar is informational in nature only, not sales oriented. It's designed simply to help homeowners figure out whether solar is the right choice for them. There's even a way for them to send us questions live during the event!

Thanks for your time and for sharing this event around within your communities! If you have any questions about the webinar, just let me know.

Best,
Shannon Coulter

Shannon Coulter, Director of Community
One Block Off the Grid: The smart, new way to go solar
shannon@1bog.org | (415) 203-7151 | http://1bog.org

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Locavore Banquet & Mini-Fest!


Local Food & Local Fun

A TRANSITION TOWNS EVENT Celebrating Cheltenham’s growing capacity to produce and enjoy locally grown foods Commissioner Kathy Hampton is hosting this event on: Saturday, August 28th 5-8 PM Curtis Hall/Arboretum Greenwood Ave. & Church Rd. Wyncote, PA 19095 -- rain or shine

Food produced locally is kinder to our environment, healthier, helps us stay in touch with the people and the methods that are producing it, and strengthens our community bonds. PLEASE BRING A Potluck Dish to Share—ingredients grown within 100 miles of Cheltenham, your own reusable dishes, cups & utensils, a picnic blanket &/or chairs (only if the weather is comfortable)An instrument, song, story, local food skill, or other talent to share. Join us for an evening of good fun, good food, good music, good stories, good local food information and good neighbors!

More Information: www.transitioncheltenham.org

Thursday, August 12, 2010

more to recycle!!

Great news! Starting this month, Philadelphia residents can now recycle plastics numbered #1- #7. Put contains like yogurt cups, medicine bottles, squeeze bottles, take out containers, and bottles for shampoo and conditioner into your recycling bin. Still not sure exactly what can and cannot be recycled? Check out this list of acceptable recycling materials.

In addition to the convenience of no longer having to pick through your plastics, this change means you can recycle even more, and more recyclables in your bin means more rewards for you and your neighbors through Philadelphia’s Recycling Rewards program. If you haven’t already signed up, register today.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Recycling in Philly just got easier!!

Did you know that you can now recycle ALL plastics #1 - #7 in the City of Philadelphia?

Check out a comprehensive list of what you can and can't recycle in the City of Philadelphia here.

http://www.recyclenowphiladelphia.org/
Spread the good word to friends, neighbors and co-workers!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

3 Reasons People Don't Go Green

From SMARTERCONTEXT.COM

http://smartercontext.com/3-reasons-why-people-dont-go-green/

SHOCKING! In case you haven’t noticed, what people say and what people do are often very different.

Ok, so human nature is not new, but the Shelton Group’s Eco Pulse 2010 is. And its findings on the public’s view of the environment and green products are . . . surprising.

  • Like 65% of those surveyed wouldn’t give up their iPod to save the environment
  • Like packaging that uses the words “made with naturally biodegradable materials” works best
  • Like cosmetics that mentions the amount of energy used to make the product sells best
  • Like specifically stating “made with wind power” gets a better consumer response than “made with renewable energy”

Now, being a student of psychology and communication (otherwise known as education) – I like to think of this as a starting point. This is not a fixed opinion, but is open to persuasion.

But to persuade, you first have to understand your audience. What are their biases, their preferences, their viewpoint?

Here are three essential reasons people don’t go green:

1. Choosing what’s easy instead of the the big wins. To impact people’s decisions, it’s essential to realize: we are not wholly rational beings. Most of us will agree that the environment is something to protect, that it’s the “right thing to do”, but that doesn’t mean we will respond to a logical analysis of our home by installing an energy efficient furnace. We must connect emotionally first before convincing with reason.

To have a big impact on your own lifestyle, it is ESSENTIAL to identify the big wins. We are so subject to the emotional appeal of peer pressure and marketing that it’s hard not to choose what’s easy. But, as I outline in the Smarter Living Framework, the big wins must be emotionally meaningful to start to have an impact, let alone last for years. The only way to do this is to integrate sustainability with the life goals you already have.

Ask yourself, have you completed a personal Green 101 Course? Look at the right sidebar of this web page. Have you done the top 10 things listed there? Have you automated your house, so you minimize your impact without thinking about it?

2. Doing what’s right means a drop in the quality of their life. If you value showing your children how to do the right thing, if you value a healthy home, then consciously arranging your lifestyle to align with these does not mean a drop in your quality of life, it actually means an increase in it!

The quality of your life is improved when you are making conscious decisions on how to allocate and use your resources, like time and money.

3. Believing the price is not worth the value. If you think that your iPod provides more value than the environment, then you are not (yet) being convinced by the price/value argument you’re presented with right now. The iPod is valued because so many people that you know have it, because it’s easy to upload any music, because it’s easy to carry around, and because it’s beautiful. But deep down what makes an iPod so successful is because the value it really provides is freedom. Music while roaming freely. Freedom to choose the music. You can tell a lot about a person by the music they have on their iPod. The iPod signifies your identity, but gives you a platform of free choice on how to do it.

What value does living a green lifestyle provide?

How to be Truly Empowered

Truly empowered people know that they have limited resources and focus it on the things that matter. Beginners try to use tips on everything and make very little impact. In fact, using tips without a strategy actually sets you up for failure.

Where do you see yourself? Are you able to overcome what’s easy to make an important impact? What would your response be if your child asked you, “What are we doing to protect the environment?”

Before you go, leave your answer to the question above: “What value does living a green life provide?”

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Keeping Current with Recycle Bank News

One of the benefits of being active in environmental issues is the wonderfully engaged and interesting people I meet. I met Denise Diorio McVeigh of Recycle Bank at a Recycling Advisory meeting and she is a font of Recycle Bank passion and information.
I'm sure most Chestnut Hillians are not only aware that Recycle Bank is back and better than ever, but are active participants. Chestnut Hill does, after all, have one of the highest recycling rates in the City. Here is some pertinent information from Denise about how points are going to be awarded now that the roll-out introduction phase is complete.
"The Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Program was rolled out over the course of 6 months –- February to July 2010. We rolled out one sanitation area of the City a month starting with North Philadelphia. During this rollout period, we jump started people’s accounts by rewarding them 38 points a week for their recycling efforts. Members in each area will receive the 38 points per week for recycling for the first 6 months beginning the month we rolled their area out. For instance, if you live in the Logan section of the City we rolled your area out in March so you will continue receive 38 points a week until September. After that we will be using the real data so your points may vary depending on the tonnage."


Philadelphia Recycling Rewards roll-out schedule was as follows:
§ February 2010: North Philadelphia – Area 3
§ March 2010: Lower Northeast, Frankford and Logan Sections - Area 5
§ April 2010: West and Southwest Philadelphia – Area 1
§ May 2010: Center City and South Philadelphia – Area 2
§ June 2010: Northeast Philadelphia – Area 6
§ July 2010: Northwest Philadelphia – Area 4

How to Sign Up
· Residents may sign up online or over the phone
· Account is activated upon sign-up
· Start Recycling
· RecycleBank sends Welcome Kit via mail
· Includes instructions and Philadelphia Recycling Rewards Sticker

How You Earn Rewards
· Points earned each time resident participates (weekly recycling)
· 2 Points for recycling (for every pound recycled)
· 1 Point for trash reduced (for every pound less that is thrown out)
· Trash reduction points are rewarded monthly (not weekly like recycling)
· Points can be earned for eWaste

















Tuesday, July 13, 2010

PA Horticultural Society needs you to make a call!

Philadelphians instinctively know, and research shows, that a well cared for lot is better for communities than a neglected one. That's why Next Great City identified cleaning and greening vacant lots as one of our ten action recommendations for the city. And Philadelphia residents and business owners agree.

Next Great City coalition partner, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), is a national leader in vacant land stabilization.

PHS's vacant land program has cleaned and greened thousands of vacant parcels in Philadelphia, creating well-managed open space for communities to enjoy and attracting private investment. But now, because of a significantly reduced city budget, $2.4 million in funding for PHS's vacant land program, which supports community revitalization and employs more than 300 people in full- and part-time green jobs, is on the chopping block.

While these are difficult times, cutting funding to this program will hurt neighborhoods and remove a vital tool for economic development.

Please contact Mayor Nutter today to urge him to continue his support for the valuable work PHS is doing to revitalize our city one vacant lot at a time. Don't delay, email the Mayor at Michael.Nutter@phila.gov or call the Mayor's Office at 215-686-2181.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Mayor's Office of Sustainability and Local Food

Objective: Bring Local Food Within 10 Minutes of 75 Percent Of Residents. To advance Philadelphia toward achieving the Greenworks goals of locating local food within 10 minutes of 75 percent of residents, the City is using a multifaceted approach.

Watch this video about the City of Philadelphia's plans to promote and encourage Local Food!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxoaCjKtKLQ&NR=1

Monday, June 28, 2010


A Mayor with vision wants you!

Calling all sustainable foodies! Mayor Nutter is working to jumpstart the economy and create more equitable neighborhoods by advancing a more sustainable food system in Philadelphia. To implement his vision, Mayor Nutter is establishing a Food Policy Advisory Council to guide the city in meeting the goals outlined in Greenworks Philadelphia for improved accessibility to local, affordable and nutritious food.

Members of the council will represent diverse sectors of the food and agricultural industry, community group leaders interested in sustainable and fresh food systems, and members from related City departments. Community members interested in serving can submit a cover letter and resume to Patrick Morgan of the Department of Parks and Recreation by Monday, June 28. For questions, please call 215-683-3652.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Canoe Trip!

This coming Sunday June 27th from 12-3, is the Natural Land Trust's Manumuskin Creek Canoe Trip! Participants will see black-banded sunfish—the most common fish in this naturally acidic pond—and other cool aquatic life. Ike's Seafood is next to the put-in point, and is now open for business, so there will be an opportunity to stop by after...wards for a bite. Water trips usually last between 2.5 and 4 hours.

Great nature activity for the family!

The best way to register is by emailing eisenhauer@natlands.org. For more information and to download the mandatory release form, click below.


www.natlands.org

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Composting around the world (and Chestnut Hill)

Last week I was in Guatemala visiting my soon to be adopted daughter. During my visit I experienced an earthquake, tropical storm and a nearby volcano erupted raining black sand all over Guatemala City--all in 4 days.
Needless to say, normal day to day goings on, slowed or just plain halted, including air travel. My flight out was grounded. So I did what any desperate tourist would do and hopped a bus to the next country. I got a flight from San Salvador, El Salvador after a 4 hour drive up and down mountains with very narrow windy roads. I tried to keep my eyes shut to stem the nausea and nearly missed the women carrying still feathered limp chickens, roosters roaming the road shoulders and horses sans cowboys.
But my absolute favorite part was not the Guatemalan sink hole to hell, the Pacaya Volcano's 5 mile lava spew or the mild earthquake that I actually felt. It was the composting trash can in the San Salvador airport. Located next to the recycling trash can was a composting can with colorful clear pictures of all the things that can be tossed in--banana peels, pizza crust, etc.
This developing nation with limited resources has made composting a priority in one of its busiest travel venues.
This prompted me to reflect on GRINCH's efforts in Chestnut Hill. Last July GRINCH hosted a composting seminar for Chestnut Hill business people and residents led by Philly Compost. At the time the only composters in the neighborhood that I knew of were Cosmic Catering and Earth Bread and Brewery.
Since last July several businesses have signed on with Philly Compost including The Wine Thief, The Chestnut Hill Farmer's Market, Night Kitchen Bakery, InFusion, Umbria, Jonathan's Best and Weavers Way Coop. Tavern on the Hill is slated to begin in July.
Progress.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Want new public green spaces?

Concerned citizen? Planning geek? SimCity fanatic? Now’s your chance to help shape the future of Philadelphia. In addition to rewriting the City’s ancient zoning code, Philadelphia is looking to overhaul the city plan between now and spring 2011. As part of PHILADELPHIA2035, the comprehensive plan that will guide the City's growth for the next 25 years, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission is hosting a series of public meetings to hear your vision of Philadelphia in 2035, so find a meeting near you and make your voice heard.

If 25 years seems too far out in the future, think about how the city’s landscape could change in a mere five years. Green2015 is a project led by the Department of Parks and Recreation in coordination with Greenworks Philadelphia and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to shape the Mayor's action plan to create 500 new acres of public green space throughout the city. Attend one of the civic engagement meetings conducted by the Department’s nonprofit partners, PennPraxis, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Penn Project for Civic Engagement, and share why green space is important to you and your community.

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May is National Bike Month!


 Visit www.bicyclecoalition.org for a complete list of this month's events.  Great opportunities for those that are interested in starting to commute by bicycle and those that would like to connect with others.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Cool roofs are cool!

City Council unanimously passed Councilman Kenney’s cool roof legislation, which will require all new construction in the City to use highly reflective roofing materials that meet or exceed Energy Star cool roof standards.

Cool roofs are good for the environment and easy on residents’ wallets. While installation costs for cool roofs are similar to those of traditional roofs, they also create significant energy and maintenance savings. Their reflectivity typically keep roofs 50 to 80 degrees cooler than black roofs on hot summer days. In turn, lower roof temperatures help residents save around 20 to 30 percent off their monthly energy bills, and extend the life of the roof.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Eco Alley rocked the Fest!





GRINCH's brainchild Eco Alley, the Green Branch of this years Chestnut Hill Garden Fest, was a huge success. Festival goers were over heard saying it was their fav part of the fest despite 90 degree heat!
The beautiful bamboo entrance way was created by Green Earth Gardens and the signage was sponsored by Valley Green Bank.
Local sustainable businesses that set up "shop" for the day were Big Green Earth Store, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Urban Girls Produce, Philly Compost, GRID Magazine, Future Tech, Night Kitchen Bakery, Rodor Caps Jewelry, Why Not Bob Store, Philadelphia Recycling Rewards, Greener U, KO Angotti energy audits, Sardine Clothing, Philly Electric Wheels, Milkshake Crafts, EcoQuette, Philadelphia University, Happy Cat Farm and Organic Mechanic Soil Co.
Deirdre Vezirov-Kilkenny of Nature Yoga and Krista of Shakti Yoga in Jenkintown held kiddie yoga sessions which was super cute. Jason Fifield's band, Urban Drawl, laid down the NewGrass tunes for all ages.
Student recycling ambassadors from the Jenks School, Teenagers Inc., OMC and Norwood Fontbonne manned recycling stations. They helped people recycle the correct items, hauled it to Valley Green Bank and onto the colorful mural arts painted recycling truck.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Chestnut Hill Garden Festival


Chestnut Hill's Home and Garden Festival is Sunday May 2nd from 11-5.
Stop by Eco Alley, the Green branch of the festival on West Highland Ave. organized by GRINCH!! Kiddie yoga, live music from Urban Drawl and 20 Green vendors!

For more information visit
http://www.chestnuthillpa.com/events/home-garden-festival/

Monday, April 19, 2010

Home Energy Efficiency Workshop at Big Blue Marble

Tuesday, April 20, 7:00pm
Big Blue Marble Bookstore
551 Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia PA 19119

Greener U Presents: Home Energy Efficiency Workshop. During the Free workshop, Greener U Consulting (www.greeneruhub.com) will show you how to RATE your home's energy usage, and they will reveal the building structure issues that cause loss of heat and energy. The whole house strategy of a BPI home performance audit to address health, safety, durability, and energy efficiency will then be explained. Finally Greener U will explain the status of the "Cash for Caulkers" program and educate you on the existing rebate and financing options available through the utility companies, state, and federal. Please bring your gas, electric, and oil bills to the event! RSVP at 215-844-1870; space is limited to 20 people.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

E Waste Success!

GRINCH's second Weird Waste Day today collected 12,000 pounds (yes, 12 thousand) of electronic waste from about 180 participants! It was a huge success and a great day to empty the house of unwanted electronics. Again, we had many questions about the "next one" (possibly in the Summer!)
People were so thankful to us for organizing this event and we feel great doing it!
GRINCH would like to thank Noreen Spota of the Chestnut Hill Community Association, the hard working student volunteers from Teenagers Inc. and The Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Earth Day Movie at Ambler Theater


Earth Days: Special Sneak Preview

Earth Day is April 22nd, but we are kicking things off early with this special event co-sponsored by WHYY and Ambler Theater. Join us for this special sneak preview of Robert Stone's documentary EARTH DAYS which explores the birth of the environmental movement leading up to the first Earth Day. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with local environmental professionals. Click here for more details about the event and our panelists. 

Friday, April 2, 2010

EWaste event --Saturday April 10th!

GRINCH's second Weird Waste Day is in one week! The event will take place on Saturday April 10th, 2010 from 1pm-4pm in the Valley Green Bank parking lot on West Highland Ave. in Chestnut Hill.
Residents and business people are encouraged to bring their electronic waste such as TV's, computers, cell phones and key boards that will be disposed of responsibly at a cost of 40 cents per pound. The electronics are then reused or recycled responsibly. Cash or checks will be accepted.
Any additional revenues will be used for future recycling events.

Here is a complete list of accepted items:
Desktop Computing:
PCs including desktops, mini-towers, laptops and handhelds, notebooks, tablets, hard drives.
Healthcare Equipment:
All non-biohazardous equipment: defibrillators, EKG machines, mobile carts/workstations, patient monitors.
Banking:
Currency counters, coin counters, transaction drawers, check encoders, check scanners, receipt printers, ATM machines.
Point-of-Sale:
POS systems/registers, barcode scanners, receipt printers, barcode printers, card readers, touch screen monitors.
Parts:
AC adapters, memory, motherboards, network, sound and video cards, CD/DVD drives.
Printers:
Laserjet, deskjet, thermal, dot matrix, line printers, plotters, paper trays.
Peripherals:
Keyboards, mice, power supplies, cables, speakers, external drives, etc.
Miscellaneous:
Laptop carry cases, modems, software, cables, cabinets, office furniture, cameras, KVM switches, generators.
Audio/Video Equipment:
TVs and displays, VCR/DVD players, projectors, video and audio conferencing systems, Smart/electronic white boards.
Monitors:
CRTs, LCDs, WYSE terminals, etc.
Data Center Equipment:
Mainframes, mid-range and servers, Power Conditioning/UPS systems, cabinets, relay racks.
Office Equipment:
Copiers, scanners, fax machines, typewriters.
Mobile Devices:
Cellular phones, Blackberry/PDAs, pagers.
Telecom Equipment:
Telephones, switches, PBX, voice mail and VoIP systems, voice stations, headsets.
Storage Equipment:
SAN, tape drives, hard drives, zip drives, data backup systems, disk arrays, thumb/flash drives.
Networking Equipment:
Hubs, routers, switches, bridges.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Weaver's Way in Chestnut Hill!!

From GRID Magazine Blog:

Weaver’s Way can always be counted on to go above and beyond the call of duty. The 37-year-old community institution has a new location opening in Chestnut Hill this May which will feature a storm water management system…even though they don’t have to.

To put it as simply as possible, because the Chestnut Hill storefront is located on the highly protected Wissahickon Creek Watershed, the designers of the store had to meet with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) to see if a storm water management system was needed. The answer was no, due to the small impact the building would make on the site and surrounding area. However, over achievers and environmental super heroes that they are, Weaver’s Way decided they wanted to include stormwater management in the design of the new building anyway. By doing so they are helping to prevent stream erosion, pollution from sediments and flooding.

The Academy of Natural Sciences presents....

The vast majority of agricultural, home, and native plants depend on insect pollinators. Native bees, including bumble bees, sweat bees, and leaf-cutting bees, are among the most important pollinators in our region—especially now that diseases have decimated domesticated honey bees.

Dr. Faith Kuehn, an entomologist with the Delaware Department of Agriculture, will provide tips on how to identify native bees and promote native bee conservation in your own garden. You will also make and take home a nest box for these important pollinators.

Dr. Kuehn has managed native bee surveys in Delaware’s vegetable production areas and has worked with farmers and landowners to implement pollinator conservation practices.

  • Saturday, April 10, 1:30–4:30 pm
  • $20/members; $30/non-members (admission included)
  • Space is limited to 25 participants. Call 215-299-1060 to register.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Philly, Clean Up Your Act!


Welcome to the
2010 Philly Spring Cleanup
The City of Philadelphia is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Philly Spring Cleanup to be held Saturday, April 10, 2010 (rain date, Saturday, April 17, 2010). This year’s Cleanup, entitled “Keep Up the Sweep Up,” will be the start of our sustained effort to eliminate and prevent litter and illegal dumping—permanently. Check out their website at  www.phillycleanup.com/General/Home.asp?Section=Home.  

Clean up your basement, attic and garage as well from 1pm-4pm, also on April 10th, by getting rid of all your electronic waste.  Grinch is hosting it's second Weird Waste Day in Chestnut Hill, rain or shine, at the parking lot behind Valley Green Bank on W. Highland Ave.  It will cost you 40 cents/pound to dispose of your electronics in a responsible fashion.  Air conditioners are a flat $15.  Check back here for a complete list of what can be recycled that day.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Urban Farm Plots available!

Philadelphia's Office of Sustainability Farming at Manatawna


The City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation is issuing a Request for Information to identify farmers and farm institutions that may be interested in responding to a Request for Proposal for operating and managing small plot commercial, chemical–free farms at Manatawna Farm.


The pilot ...urban agriculture program offers farmers the opportunity to operate and manage sub-acre plots. The program aims to foster sustainable, urban agriculture businesses in Philadelphia and enhance the direct, locally grown market of produce for the citizens of Philadelphia.

For more information and to download forms, click on the link.
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Weird Waste Day

GReenINChestnutHill aka GRINCH, a grassroots environmental organization in Chestnut Hill, is organizing its second Weird Waste Day. The event will take place on Saturday April 10th, 2010 from 1pm-4pm in the Valley Green Bank parking lot on West Highland Ave. in Chestnut Hill.
Residents and business people are encouraged to bring their electronic waste such as TV's, computers, cell phones and key boards that will be disposed of responsibly at a cost of 40 cents per pound. The electronics are then reused or recycled responsibly. Cash or checks will be accepted.
Any additional revenues will be used for future recycling events.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Dishing Dirt at WHYY

"Dirt": The Movie

Wednesday March 24th, 2010
7:00PM
(doors open 6:30 pm)
WHYY Civic Space, 150 N 6th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

It’s under our feet and under our fingernails, but what is it? And how did it get there? Inspired by William Bryant Logan’s acclaimed book Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth, find out how industrial farming, mining and urban development have led us toward cataclysmic droughts, starvation, floods and climate change. Dirt is a part of everything we eat, drink and breathe. Which is why we should stop treating it like, well…dirt.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Sustainable Springfield's 2nd Session in it's 2010 Information Series: Consumer Choices

Sustainable Springfield's 2nd Session in it's 2010 Information Series: Consumer Choices
10 Things You Can Do to Make a Difference
March 17, 2010
7:00-9:00 pm

Joseph Slapinsky will be our speaker. He will explain how simple consumer choices can make a big difference. Learn about 10 things you can do to help keep a healthy home, family, community and Earth.

Event Details
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What: Sustainable Springfields 2010 Information Series 2nd Program Consumer Choices
Who: Sustainable Springfield
When: Wed Mar 17, 2010, 7-9 pm EST
Where: Springfield Township Building
1510 Paper Mill Road Wyndmoor, PA 19038

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Make Your Own BeeHive!!

3/13, RAISE BEES START UP HIVE WORKSHOP. Green St & Carpenter Lane, West Mt. Airy. 2:30-6pm. $200 includes your Amish-made hive kit. Reservations required: muze@erols.com. Come with a hammer, leave with a hive.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

GRINCH featured in GRID Magazine!

GRID Magazine's April issue features an article about the birth of GRINCH. Check out the online version here or pick up a free issue at participating stores including The Night Kitchen Bakery.
http://www.gridphilly.com/digital-edition/

Fresh Food Visionary in Philadelphia

Creating access to fresh food where there once was a "fresh food desert" in underserved neighborhoods in the city, Jeff Brown seems to have established a business model that is both sustainable and humane. It can be done!

www.philly.com/inquirer/world_us/83184742.html

From SBN

Compost Matters
Sponsored by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance & Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
When: Friday, April 9th; 8:00AM - 3:00 PM
Where: International House, 3701 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fee: $30 includes lunch
RSVP: compostconference.eventbrite.com
Preregistration is required. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Compost Matters is a one-day conference that will look at the current state of composting in the Delaware Valley. With a focus on new developments in food-waste composting practices, the forum will bring together innovators, policy makers, and visionaries in the field, examining current barriers to food waste recovery, public policy issues, and successful models from the region and around the state.

Full agenda can be found at Pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org

Speakers Include: Katherine Gajewski, Director of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia; Will Allen, Growing Power; Patti Olenick and Carl Hursh, PA Department of Environmental Protection; Nelson Widell, Peninsula Compost Group; Ned Foley, Two Particular Acres, and Marvin Dixon, Four Seasons Hotel; Maurice Sampson II, Niche Recycling, Inc.; Mark Highland, Organic Mechanics Potting Soil Mike Giuranna, US Environmental Protection Agency/Region III

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ambler Theater Presents "FRESH"

If you are interested in learning about the local food movement, meeting the people who are bringing local foods to your table and seeing how you can join the growing number of people demanding good taste and healthy nutrients in their food, please join us at FRESH.

Event doors open at 6:30pm and the movie begins at 7:30pm with a discussion panel immediately following the movie.

FRESH offers a positive look at how farmers, thinkers and business people across America are re-inventing our food system to forge healthier, sustainable alternatives to agri-business. To help attendees learn more about where to obtain local food in our area, sponsors will be on hand before the movie with information about buying and using local food. Sponsors include Weaver's Way, a local food co-op; two local CSA's Hazon CSA at Kol Ami and Pennypack Farm; Lancaster Farm Fresh, a buying club that brings fresh food directly from the farmers to our area; FairFood, an organization dedicated to bringing locally grown food into the Philadelphia marketplace, PASA, the Pennsylvania Sustainable Agricultural Association that works to promote sustainability throughout PA; and Marc Brown-Gold, an award-winning local chef who will offer ideas on great ways to cook with local foods; and many other local organizations.

The movie will be followed by a panel of experts who will delve into the topics raised in the movie, answer questions, and offer insight on things that you can do to immediately make a difference. Panelists include chef Marc Brown-Gold; Ann Karlan, executive director of Fair Food; Amy Crystal from Lancaster Farm Fresh; Marilyn Anthony, PASA SE regional director; and our own Pennypack Farm farmers.

Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at www.amblertheater.org/pennypack or at the box office. High school students can purchase tickets half-price ($5.00) at the theater box office with student ID. The Ambler Theater is located at 108 E. Butler Ave , Ambler, PA 19002.

Event Details
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What: Movie: Fresh, Ambler Theatre, 7:30pm
Who: Wissahickon Growing Greener
Sustainable Springfield
When: Tue Mar 9, 2010, 7:30-9:30 pm EST
Where: Ambler Theatre

Saturday, March 6, 2010

This is from www.transitiontown.org

What is a Transition Town (or village / city / forest / island)?

Here's how it all appears to be evolving...

It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?

They begin by forming an initiating group and then adopt the Transition Model (explained here at length, and in bits here and here) with the intention of engaging a significant proportion of the people in their community to kick off a Transition Initiative.

A Transition Initiative is a community (lots of examples here) working together to look Peak Oil and Climate Change squarely in the eye and address this BIG question:

"for all those aspects of life that this community needs in order to sustain itself and thrive, how do we significantly increase resilience (to mitigate the effects of Peak Oil) and drastically reduce carbon emissions (to mitigate the effects of Climate Change)?"

After going through a comprehensive and creative process of:

  • awareness raising around peak oil, climate change and the need to undertake a community lead process to rebuild resilience and reduce carbon
  • connecting with existing groups in the community
  • building bridges to local government
  • connecting with other transition initiatives
  • forming groups to look at all the key areas of life (food, energy, transport, health, heart & soul, economics & livelihoods, etc)
  • kicking off projects aimed at building people's understanding of resilience and carbon issues and community engagement
  • eventually launching a community defined, community implemented "Energy Descent Action Plan" over a 15 to 20 year timescale

This results in a coordinated range of projects across all these areas of life that strives to rebuild the resilience we've lost as a result of cheap oil and reduce the community's carbon emissions drastically.

The community also recognises two crucial points:

  • that we used immense amounts of creativity, ingenuity and adaptability on the way up the energy upslope, and that there's no reason for us not to do the same on the downslope
  • if we collectively plan and act early enough there's every likelihood that we can create a way of living that's significantly more connected, more vibrant and more in touch with our environment than the oil-addicted treadmill that we find ourselves on today.

If you want to find out more, check out the other menu items on the left hand site of the page.

Final point

Just to weave the climate change and peak oil situations together...

  • Climate change makes this carbon reduction transition essential
  • Peak oil makes it inevitable
  • Transition initiatives make it feasible, viable and attractive (as far we can tell so far...)

Philly's Fab 4: Green Architecture in Philadelphia

Who says that Philadelphia isn't first in anything? Green architecture is alive and well in the City of Brotherly Love, according to this Inky profile:

http://www.philly.com/philly/living/81906957.html

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Green My Parents

Sometimes,
kids can be the best change agents. We want to let you know about a new
initiative called Green My Parents. It enlists kids to lead their
families in measuring & reducing environmental impact at home & “challenge” their parents to share savings with kids. Food is a great place to start, of course. You can become a fan on Facebook, or learn more at their web site, http://www.greenmyparents.com/

Friday, February 26, 2010

Looking Ahead: compostable food packaging from sugar

London researchers have come up with a new sugar-based polymer that they say could make food packaging and other disposable plastic items suitable for being composted at home along with the usual veggie peelings and other organic waste.

This would be huge. Right now, most "compostable" plastics have to be sent to industrial-size facilities. And they're often made from food crops such as corn, sugar beets and potatoes, creating ethical concerns in a world where many poor people go hungry and using food stocks for plastics might drive up prices.

The degradable polymer is made from sugars known as "lignocellulosic biomass," which come from fast-growing trees and grasses, or renewable biomass from agricultural or food waste, according to a press release from Imperial College London, where the team of engineering and physical sciences researchers are based.

Lead researcher Charlotte Williams says significant research is going into developing greener plastics -- not only for environmental reasons, but also because of economic and supply considerations. Around 7% of worldwide oil and gas resources are consumed in plastics manufacture, with worldwide production exceeding 150 million tons per year. Almost 99% of plastics are formed from fossil fuels, according to the press release.

For the plastic to be useful it had to be manufactured in large volumes and by produced in a low-energy, low-water process, Williams says. In contrast, the leading biorenewable plastic, polylactide, is formed in a high energy process requiring large volumes of water. In addition, when it reaches the end of its life polylactide must be degraded in a high-temperature industrial facility.

The new polymer's oxygen-rich sugars allow it to absorb water and degrade to harmless products – meaning it can be tossed on the home compost heap and used to feed the garden.

Monday, February 22, 2010

The Sierra Club writes about Philly Compost

Philly Compost gets national press! The Night Kitchen Bakery, Earth Bread and Brewery and The Wine Thief are proud customers!

"Three days a week, M. Lee Meinicke, cofounder of Philly Compost, takes her truck on a circuit of Philadelphia restaurants, caterers, and markets, filling 20-gallon bins with plate scrapings, aging produce, chicken bones, food-stained napkins, and other discarded organic matter. The waste will be served up as dinner to Meinicke's stable of red wigglers and night crawlers, emerging on the other end as compost that she will sell for $15 per four-gallon bin. She turns straw into gold, and participating businesses help fight climate change: "What hooks them is the global-warming issue," she says."
Read the entire article at Sierraclub.org

Thursday, February 18, 2010

GRID magazine has a new Blog!!

GRID, Philadelphia's premier magazine on all things sustainable, has a new Blog! And it is as stylish and interesting as their free publication. Check it out:
The Griddle" is heating up! Check out Grid's spankin' new blog at www.gridphilly.com/griddle

Monday, February 15, 2010

SPIN Farming Method

Make sure you save your appetite for the Gardening's new SPIN workshop at Mugshots. Roxanne Christensen co-author of the SPIN-Farming Method will offer tips for taking home gardening to the next level! Tuesday 2/23 in Fairmount 6:30pm-8:30pm.
http://bit.ly/9XapNm

  • Come hungry, and learn how you can take your home garden to the next level from the co-author of the revolutionary sub-acre SPIN-Farming method. Roxanne Christensen will show you how to achieve levels of productivity and professionalism that go far beyond current home gardening practices. You’ll see how the commercial techniques of the SPIN-Farming system can be transferred to your home garden to help you produce a steady and dependable supply of vegetables that have all the quality of farm-grown, and all the convenience of store-bought. You’ll learn the importance of creating a complete end-to-end food production system that emphasizes harvesting and distribution among family, friends or neighbors.

    Join other pioneering food gardeners throughout Fairmount to see how you can use SPIN-Gardening make local food even more local by creating a continuum of healthy food production that encompasses the backyard garden, neighborhood community plot and sub-acre commercial farming. All it requires is a modest investment and a radically different approach to gardening!

  • Monday, February 8, 2010

    Urban Ag Workshops

    Saturday, February 6, 2010

    GRINCH on Facebook

    Join the GRINCH (GReenINChestnutHill) Facebook Fan page for updates on events in your community!

    Another WEIRD WASTE DAY!!

    Put Saturday April 10th on your calender for another GRINCH Weird Waste Day event! Bring your electronic waste like computers, cell phones, key boards etc. and GRINCH will dispose of it responsibly for 40 cents per pound. The money collected pays for the company that hauls it away, reuses it and recycles it responsibly.
    When: Saturday April 10, 2010
    Where: The West Highland Ave. parking lot next to Valley Green Bank in Chestnut Hill
    Time: 1pm-4pm

    Thursday, January 28, 2010

    Monday, January 25, 2010

    Eco Alley at this year's Garden Fest!!

    GRINCH is partnering with the Chestnut Hill Business Assoc. at this year's Garden Festival to create a Green block of vendors called Eco Alley!
    The festival attracts 30,000 visitors.
    When: Sunday May 2, 2010 (rain date May 16th)
    Time: 11am-5pm
    Where: Eco Alley will be the West side of Highland Ave.
    Price: A 10 x 10 space is... $150.00 (tent and tables are not included)
    Please call Peggy Miller at the CHBA if you are interested (215) 247-6696 or PMiller@chestnuthillpa.com


    Conference on the state of composting in the Deleware Valley

    Compost Matters is a one-day conference taking place on February 10 that will look at the current state of composting in the Delaware Valley. With a focus on new developments in food-waste composting practices, the forum will bring together innovators, policy makers, and visionaries in the field, examining current barriers to food waste recovery, public policy issues, and successful models from the region and around the state.

    Participants will learn about current opportunities for composting food waste and how to include food recovery efforts in their operations. Tours of local composting sites will be offered on Wednesday afternoon and Saturday morning, February 13. Learn more and register to attend here.