Lend a Hand at the Plymouth Creek Restoration Project — and Help the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers along the way
The Plymouth Creek restoration project is an excellent example of cooperation in action and demonstrates how applying stormwater best management practices (BMPs) can have a positive downstream effect. In case you haven’t seen it, check out our video on the project’s first phase, which took place in Fall 2007.
If you want to see how the restoration effort is holding up, what better way than visiting the site and getting involved. Here’s your chance:
Plymouth Creek Restoration Project Workday
Friday, September 10th & Saturday, September 11th, 2010
9:00 am – 2:00 pm
You are invited to join the Montgomery County Conservation District and partners in an effort to stabilize the stormwater BMPs, perform invasive species control, and provide general maintenance at the Plymouth Creek restoration project.
The site is located below the Cracker Barrel at 2095 Gallagher Road in the Metroplex Shopping Center in Plymouth Meeting.
Please dress appropriately and bring gloves. Some heavy lifting involved.
Uncommon Heroes: Your Choice of Fair Trade Can Change the World
It’s hard to acknowledge that despite our current “economic hardships”, here in the U.S. we enjoy a standard of living that’s unheard of tin the rest of the world. How’s this for a bit of perspective:
Worldwide, more than 3 billion people live on less than $2 a day!
We’re all increasingly concerned with what our products contain and how they’re made because of the potential impacts on our own health and the health of the environment, but how often do we make the connection to the farmers, laborers, and factory workers involved in the production process in other parts of the world?
Understanding and supporting the Fair Trade movement is a very real and tangible way to ensure that when we spend our hard earned dollars, we are truly getting the most “bang for the buck”. This short film from the Skoll Foundation offers a great introduction to Fair Trade, and highlights Paul Rice, founder and CEO of Trans Fair USA.
Mercado Global – a non-profit fair trade organization that links rural and economically-disadvantaged cooperatives to the U.S. market.
Pachamama, World of Artisans – Pachamama works to increase consumer awareness, build equitable producer relationships and bring beautiful fair trade products to the public.
Ten Thousand Villages – one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, offering jewelry, home décor and gifts.
World of Good – Berkeley-based World of Good offers ethically sourced gifts, housewares and accessories.
DID YOU KNOW used sneakers can be donated to community organizations or recycled into sports surfaces that are used all over the world?
Most of us feel that 300 miles per pair is the limit for runners, which means that millions of pairs of sneakers get tossed every year, instead of being reworn or ground down for reuse.
Soles4Souls is an amazing organization that collects shoes and distributes them free of charge to people in need — and their ever-growing number of events and drop off locations makes it easy to donate.
Another option is Nike’s Reuse-A-Shoe program, which collects old, worn-out athletic shoes for recycling. It transforms sneaks into Nike Grind, a material used in creating athletic and playground surfaces as well as select Nike products.
While you’re here, check out Herron Park playground in South Philly to see recycled rubber in use, doing double duty as a safe play surface that is also permeable and helps control stormwater runoff by putting it back into the ground…
GreenTreks Film to be featured at “The Food Revolution” Community Screening and Panel Discussion Event
We’ve been all about making the healthy food, healthy environment connection for years and are delighted to have a segment from one of our GreenWorks programs selected for screening at MiND TV’s upcoming event. The segment from Eat Locally, Think Globally features PA’s own multi-generational Milky Way Farm and the decision to go off chemical based pesticides and fertilizers. It will be online soon, but why not check it out at the screening along with other shorts and follow it up by taking part in a panel discussion with experts on local food and farms.
Here are the details:
The Food Revolution: A Community Screening + Panel Discussion on Local Food
Time: August 18 · 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Location: The First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, 2125 Chestnut Street