Sustainability Education for the Next Generation

We’re proud to take part in Green From the Start, the Feb. 17 Urban Sustainability Forum at the Academy of Natural Sciences, where we’ll be sharing our exciting Educators Resource Center, EcoExpress.

Here are the Details:

Date: February 17, 2011.  Reception: 6:00 pm.  Program: 6:30 – 8:30 pm

How is our region educating the next generation of residents who will be living in a world of more limited resources, overpopulation, and more severe changes in climate?

February’s Urban Sustainability Forum will demonstrate the need for students and teachers in kindergarten through high school to have awareness, knowledge and skills in science, economics, technology, engineering, math, sociology, history, and art to create a new and more sustainable approach to living in southeast Pennsylvania.

The forum will showcase examples from local programs and institutions that are successfully taking on this challenge. Organizations from around the region with formal and informal education programs addressing sustainability and student awareness of the natural world will also be on hand to display their efforts and programs.


Dennis Winters (Moderator) President, Board of Trustees, Green Woods Charter School. Chairman, Sierra Club PA Chapter.

Tony Girifalco (Keynote) Executive Vice President, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center.

With the Following Panelists:

Jean Wallace, CEO, Green Woods Charter School

Keith Arrington, Principal, Thurgood Marshall School

Vera Figueiredo, Director of Community Programs, EarthForce

Victor Donnay, Professor of Mathematics, Bryn Mawr College. Co-Principal Investigator, INLETS project.

To register please visit:

Powering the Planet with Green Energy–within 20 years. Can it be done?

A thought provoking study by a pair of scientists from Stanford University and the University of California at Davis goes further than suggest 100% of Earth’s energy needs could be met by renewable sources by 2030: It maps out the hows, whos, and whats of a renewable-energy run world. The study, by Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi, is an in-depth analysis of a plan the pair put forth  Jacobson, an atmospheric scientist and professor of civil and environmental engineering, is director of Stanford’s Atmosphere/Energy Program and senior fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment and the Precourt Institute for Energy. Delucchi is a research scientist with a background in economic, environmental, engineering, and planning of transportation systems at the Institute for Transportation Studies at U.C. Davis.

CNET News published a piece last week with all sorts of links to the study and its various reference charts. Check it out here >>

Like any world changing concept, there are all kinds of barriers in the way, but it’s a pretty exciting proposition,don’t you think? A pretty cool Scientific American presentation of the plan brings the thinking to life:

With the Global Climate proving more wacked every week, the days of denial seem to be numbered. Can we shift course away from fossil fuels in this kind of radical way?

Check out Scientific American’s multimedia report of the Powering a Green Planet plan >>

Learn about Philadelphia’s plans to Go Green

If you’ve been following GreenTreks effort for any length of time, you know that being green isn’t about crunchy-granola or tree-hugging: it’s about jobs, the economy, and creating communities that will continue to grow and thrive with the environment in mind.

Greenworks Philadelphia is our city’s road map (or should we say “bike path”?) to sustainable success. In 2008, Mayor Michael A. Nutter created the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability (MOS) to write and oversee implementation of Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan. Greenworks sets 15 goals in the areas of energy, environment, equity, economy, and engagement to strive to make Philadelphia the greenest city in the United States by 2015. To reach these ambitious but achievable goals, MOS coordinates and tracks progress on over 150 initiatives.

On Wednesday, February 16, as Sarah Wu, outreach and policy coordinator for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, will present an overview of each Greenworks target, an update on implementation progress made to date, and an introduction to planned next steps for each focus area. Philadelphia has made a strong commitment to becoming a green city. Greenworks Philadelphia is a key component of this effort.

To RSVP for this event, please call the Water Works Interpretive Center 215-685-0723 by February 14.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: We don’t think it’s a coincidence that GreenWorks was the name of our long-running television series: it portrayed ordinary people making lifestyle changes — both big and small — to reduce their environmental footprint and move the needle toward a more sustainable world…