Thursday, January 28, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
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)
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
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.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
There will be a public meeting to discuss the future of Hope Lodge on Wednesday January 20 at 7pm at the First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem Pike and East Mill Road in Flourtown.
Hope Lodge was closed temporarily for public visitation last November 20 by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission due to the reduction in funding under the new state budget. The Friends of Hope Lodge plan to reopen the site on some basis in the spring, and also want to establish a sustainable operating plan for the site. We believe the key to the future of Hope Lodge will be making the entire 40-plus acre site a more valuable community resource. The Friends will present some ideas for creating a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) venture, as well as recreational and educational opportunities.
We want your input, your ideas, and your involvement. Please come to the meeting on January 20.
What: Public Meeting for Hope Lodge
Who: Sustainable Springfield
When: Wed Jan 20, 2010, 7-9 pm EST
Where: First Presbyterian Church
Bethlehem Pike and East Mill Road, Flourtown
Click on this link to learn more about Hope Lodge www.ushistory.org/Hope
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
GRINCH's main focus over the past year has been on recycling and that will continue this year as we attempt to transform the Jenks School playground into a student-involved recycling pilot program, adding recycling containers based on student assessments.
In the spring, GRINCH will be hosting a green corridor of the Garden Festival. We are in the process of vetting 30 potential vendors which will be situated on West Highland Ave.
Our primary goal since our inception has been to have pedestrian recycling on Germantown Ave. We are hoping that with cooperation from the CHCA and the CHBA that this will be a reality this year.
Following the success of both the Weird Waste Day in November and the Christmas tree recycling/mulching just this past week, GRINCH will be making these annual events. Our next Weird Waste Day is tentatively scheduled for April 10th to kick off Earth Day/Week/Month/Always.
So there's lots to do and if you would like to help with any or all of these efforts, we welcome you! Drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the location of our weekly meetings on Fridays at 10am.
Monday, January 11, 2010
1. Walk more. It’s free, great for your health and while you’re out you can shop and support the local economy.
2. Change from your big, national bank to a small independent bank, Valley Green Bank for example. Let’s put our money where our mouths are and get rid of some of the banks here. See this link on how to “Move Your Money” http://www.youtube.com/watch?
3. Host or attend a local food potluck. “One of the best ways to learn what foods are in season and how to prepare them is to invite others to teach you.”-www.thedailygreen.com.
4. Get out in nature more. The University of Rochester in NY has found that nature actually makes us nicer. Other benefits include more rapid healing, stress reduction and improved mental performance and vitality. Join the Andorra Tree House, for one of their guided walks, or the Schuylkill Center by attending their ongoing nature classes and events.
5. Learn how to garden. Look for free classes in the Spring at Laurel Hill Gardens on planting, composting etc. Plant some herbs in a window or fruit trees in your yard.
6. Buy or fix up a bike and start riding. You can walk to Wissahickon Cyclery! Google “Philadelphia bicycle map” to help you find safe bike routes.
7. Meet a new neighbor. Increasing our connectivity to one another improves our social capital, making our community closer and stronger. If you’re a parent and new to the area check out www.germantownavenueparents.
8. Take public transportation more. “Public transportation produces on average 95% less carbon monoxide, 90% less volatile organic compounds, and about 45% less carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide per passenger mile than if people were to travel by private auto.”-Transit Riders for Public Transportation.
9. Attend at least one CHCA meeting. Nothing changes unless we get involved to make change happen.
10. Think and re-think. How can you do what you do greener? For easy step by step help, check out www.eartheasy.com.
These two women from Mt. Airy brought in their year old Christmas tree from their back yard, which will be replaced by this year's tree.
Thank you to all those who came out and made that extra effort to save 260 trees from a landfill.
GRINCH and MABA were able to cover the costs of the chipper with a small amount left over to go towards future recycling efforts! We all look forward to an even more successful event next year as we make this an annual event.
Thursday, January 7, 2010
When: Thursday, January 28; Reception:6:00PM Program:6:30-8:00PM.
Where: The Academy of Natural Science 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19103
January's Urban Sustainability Forum will explore the intersection of safety and sustainable land use. Playgrounds, abandoned buildings, and well-maintained recreational parklands all variously impact individual and community safety across Philadelphia's neighborhoods. Even in statistically safe neighborhoods, vacant lots or homes, broken sidewalks, or poor lighting add the perception that those neighborhoods have higher crime rates, which results in disinvestment. The panelists will address the research associated with safety as it relates to land use and current efforts that are underway to green neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life.
Dr. Charles Branas, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania SOM
Nilda Ruiz, President & CEO, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha
Moderator: J. Blaine Bonham, Jr., Executive Vice President, The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Wissahickon Environmental Center
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
She wanted to know what we were all about. We explained how we morphed from the Chestnut Hill Business Assoc. Green Committee to GRINCH, represented by business people and Chestnut Hill residents. The mission statement of GRINCH is to raise awareness of environmental issues with outreach programs and green initiatives as outlined on our Blog, GreenInChestnutHill.blogspot.
As we began to chronicle our achievements of the past year I realized we could generate a top 10 list. I always wanted to do a top 10 list! Starting with the most recent and looking back as 2009 comes to a close.....
#1 -Grinch, in partnership with the Mt Airy Business Association, will host a tree chipping event Sunday Jan. 11th from 10am-4pm. Bring your 2009 Christmas tree to Allen's Lane Art Center and we will turn it into mulch! No landfill!
#2 -With help from the Jenk's Home and School Assoc., Grinch organized a Weird Waste Day in November. Nearly 10,000 pounds of potentially hazardous Electronic-waste was collected for responsible recycling and reusing.
#3 -Members of Grinch toured the E-force Compliance facility to ensure that that the E-waste collection is dismantled by a responsible operation. (see Blog for report on our field trip)
#4 -Grinch organized two interactive recycling assemblies at the Jenks School for grades K-8 during America Recycles week. The kids loved it!
#5 -Grinch organized student recycling ambassadors for the Fall for the Arts Fest with sponsorship from many of Chestnut Hill's environmentally conscious businesses. Students schooled festival goers on Philadelphia's single stream recycling while collecting plastics, glass and aluminum.
#6 -Grinch organized a composting demo for businesses and residents held at Laurel Hill Gardens and hosted by PhillyCompost.com.
#7 -Kim Miller, President of the Mt Airy Business Assoc., and Grinch organized a trash and recycling seminar with panelists Maurice Sampson of Niche Recycling and City of Philadelphia Recycling Department.
#8 -Kim Miller, President of the Mt Airy Business Assoc., and Grinch organized an Intro to Sustainability seminar at Flying Fish led by Professor Rob Fleming.
#9 -Grinch organized a block of Green Vendors for the Garden Fest with signage sponsored by Valley Green Bank. Our student recycling ambassadors patrolled the fest, collecting recycling, as well.
#10 -Grinch created a blog for informative environmental info in your neighborhood and city. Become a follower!
And much more is planned for the New Year. From all of us at Grinch, happy holidays!
Monday, January 4, 2010
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