Our first annual Teachers Networking event


This Thursday, the GreenTreks team and many of our amazing partners will be hosting a fantastic evening of learning, networking, and fun at the Beautiful Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center on Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River. We’ve invited educators from around the region to come network with fellow science teachers, learn about local environmental non-profit organizations and community-based programs that offer experiential-learning opportunities, and discover the resources we’ve made available on our flagship Online Resource Center, EcoExpress.

Light fare and drinks will be provided. All teachers who attend will receive a packet containing special materials from EcoExpress.org and EcoExpress’ Community Partners (while supplies last). A donation of five dollars will be accepted at the door.

To register or to see the list of scheduled event activities, please visit EcoExpress.EventBrite.Com

A Special Shout out to all of those who have helped make this event possible, including generous support from:

Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

BFN – The Business Friends Network

Save Some Green

Dynasty Wines (Distributed by Vintners Choice, 610-631-3120)

AND viewers like you : )


World Water Day 2011: What will you do?

Sure, the stats are bleak:

  • Almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water.
  • One in eight people on the planet drinks water that’s likely to make them sick.
  • Unsafe water and a lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of all disease and kill more people than all forms of violence, including war.

And yet the reality is that CLEAN WATER is possible.

And CLEAN WATER CHANGES EVERYTHING. Learn How >>

charity: water is one of of many great groups working to bring clean water to those less fortunate than us. We love their mission, their approach, and the way they share the stories of the difference they’re making all over the world.

Check them out. Learn more about the issue. Pledge your support. Go to their site >>


The story of charity: water – The 2009 September Campaign Trailer from charity: water on Vimeo.


Mar 11 Schuylkill Watershed Congress: We’ll be There. Will You?

Every year, dozens of passionate people come together to share ideas, experiences, and their love of local waterways at the Schuylkill Watershed Congress–and we’ve been proud to present our materials quite a number of times. This year, we’re teaming up with the Brandywine Conservancy to promote an exciting new education and advocacy tool we developed together. Come check us out in our afternoon Poster session: Site Design Procedure for Better Stormwater Management.

Here’s our abstract:

GreenTreks Network and the Brandywine Conservancy Environmental Management Center have collaborated to bring a whole new level of awareness to the challenges and opportunities for those charged with creating and implementing stormwater management programs through StormwaterPA. The latest result of the partnership is a multimedia, guided tour to integrating stormwater management into the land development process, from initial planning to final design.

This presentation provides insight into the latest thinking in conservation design and introduces this new tool to help engineers, advocates, and municipalities understand the process of creating the most appropriate plan for a particular site. The Site Design Procedure toolkit provides several pathways through the site planning process, including a narrated walk through, schematic flowchart, and step-by-step checklist. Besides offering a nice summary overview, it provides a comprehensive discussion document, and incorporates video segments, supporting materials (including relevant excerpts from the PA BMP Manual), and a new Model Ordinance (fully updated by the Conservancy in January, 2010).

The Schuylkill Watershed Congress puts its focus on networking across disciplines and a goal of presenting new information about watershed restoration, and has become a highly anticipated event for watershed citizens interested in understanding, protecting and restoring their local streams. Learn more here >>

If you can’t make it to Pottstown on Saturday, we’ll let you in on a secret: even though it’s not officially being promoted on StormwaterPA until our new site is launched, you can view the multimedia Site Design Procedure online now.  Turn on your speakers, sit back, and get ready to be WOWed. We think it’s pretty cool.

Ready?  Set? Check it out here >>


Forum to Address Threats to Water Supplies

Believe it or not, more than 15 million people rely upon the Delaware River as the source for their drinking water, and millions more count on this diverse waterway for inspiration, recreation–and jobs.

On March 10, 2011, a free one-day forum will take a look at the Delaware River Basin, with a goal on preserving the quality and quantity of the Basin’s drinking water.

What: First-ever Delaware River Basin Forum

When: March 10, 2011

Where: Eight linked locations and via live webcast

Who: Municipal, community, and business leaders, and water professionals.

The forum is sponsored by the Source Water Collaborative and the Forum Planning Team (United States Environmental Protection Agency, Delaware Department of Health and Human Services, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Delaware River Basin Commission, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, New York State Department of Health and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protectio

Download a flyer here >>

Get more information and Register >>

While you’re at it, why not learn more about the underappreciated Delaware?

Check out our PBS documentary, Life on the Delaware. It’ll turn your preconceived notions about the Delaware on upside down and give you a new appreciation for this amazing waterway’s place in the world. Rather than pitting environment versus economy, this lyrical film is a personal travelogue that sheds light on the many roles the Delaware plays in so many lives.

A perfect mind-opener to the Forum, Life on the Delaware recognizes that the river is at once a living ecosystem and an industrial waterway. Do we have the vision and determination to enable the Delaware to continue to be both.

Order your copy today >>



The Philly of the Future: Plan2035

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) has just released the draft of Philadelphia2035: The Comprehensive Plan/Citywide Plan for public review and comment. Residents not only have the opportunity to preview this exciting vision of the future NOW, they can also provide feedback so that it becomes even stronger before its final release.



Philadelphia2035 is a blueprint for a 21st century city that THRIVEs with new growth and opportunities, CONNECTs to the region and the world, and RENEWs its valued resources for future generations.



THRIVE: Philadelphians THRIVE in the center of a competitive metropolitan region.

In 2035, Philadelphia is a thriving metropolis. It is a city built on healthy neighborhoods and

a diverse economy offering opportunity to everyone. Cultural and institutional resources

and new enterprises flourish, and land is used in suitable and vibrant ways.

CONNECT: Philadelphians CONNECT seamlessly to the region and the world.

In 2035, people, goods, and ideas move effortlessly between neighborhoods, the region,

and the world, driving economic prosperity. Reliable and efficient transportation serve a

population that is more energy conscious than ever before.

RENEW: Philadelphians RENEW valuable resources to enable a sustainable future.

As a city intent on renewing the environmental and public realm, in 2035, Philadelphia showcases

centuries of growth and change, treasured parks and rivers (or river trails), valued culture and

architecture, and clean air and water.

The CPC is looking for feedback between now and March 31, 2011. To Get Involved, you can attend the CPC’s monthly meeting (March 15), the Citywide Plan Open House (March 23), or send in comments via email.  You can also find Plan2035 on Facebook.

Do all that. Plus, visit the Plan2035 site >>