Season 8 of Philadelphia Stories starts airing in May

MIND-TV (formerly known as WYBE-TV 35) has just announced its selections for the 8th season of Philadelphia Stories, a series of “captivating stories which illuminate and celebrate the Greater Philadelphia region, as seen through the lenses of local filmmakers.” We’ve had programs selected before, but this year we’re more excited than ever: our 30 minute cut of Green City, Clean Waters is making its prime time debut on May 21!

We’ll remind you again, but mark your calendar now:

Green City, Clean Waters.


Saturday May 21, 8 PM.

If you haven’t seen the promo yet, check it out now. The show takes an inspiring look at the amazing things that are happening all around the city in the name of stormwater management–efforts which, as many of the program’s participants point out, do way more than manage runoff. They make Philly a more beautiful, healthier, more livable place.

Green City, Clean Waters Promo from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

No question, we’re psyched to be selected as part of this year’s lineup–especially since  there looks to be an amazing crop of films coming out of our region. As MIND-TV says, “Philadelphia Stories is dedicated to the promotion of film and video programs by our region’s independent producers. Works range from social issue documentaries to thought-provoking short narratives, creative animation and experimental programs. Philadelphia Stories favors stories and ideas that reflect the diversity in interests found in our region, including those that reach across gender, class, age, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity and economic background.”

The series will air on Wednesday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, starting May 4. Check out the complete schedule >>

Carnival on the Parkway April 16 kicks off two week long Phila Science Festival: join us there!

If you don’t have a reservation for the sold out Melting Moments of Delight: The Science of Chocolate (Artisserie Chocolate Cafe on South 18th next Friday), not to worry: you’ve got dozens of alternatives for discovering how science intersects with our daily life over the next couple of weeks as the Philadelphia Science Festival gets underway. You can discuss Biomedical Ethics over beer,  uncover the science behind the iPod, hear how fuel cells can decrease our dependency on oil, and catch inventor Dean Kamen‘s views on innovation and the future. Events are happening all over the city, from the 15-28!

You can check out the complete schedule here >>

The Festival kicks off with a public outdoor carnival on Saturday, April 16th and we’ll be there in force. GreenTreks has teamed up with the School District of Philadelphia and our EcoExpress Community Partners to create a booth offering young and old the chance to discover their connection to the local environment–while also offering teachers resources they can take back to the classroom to engage their students in exciting new ways.

What: Science Carnival on the Ben Franklin Parkway

When: Saturday, April 16, 2011. 10:00 am to 5:00 pm


We’ll be there! Visit the School District of Philadelphia with EcoExpress and our Community Partners at Booth 74 around Logan Square on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just west of Race Street, to participate in hands-on activities focused on Philadelphia’s watersheds. Learn about the quality of our waterways by exploring Delaware Valley Earth Force’s watershed map, viewing local water samples through microscopes with volunteers from the GlaxoSmithKline Science Ambassadors, and taking home native plant seeds that help protect your local water sources. EcoExpress will provide teachers with lesson plans aligned to Pennsylvania State Academic Standards for Environment & Ecology and Science & Technology and the School District of Philadelphia’s Planning and Scheduling Timelines, so teachers can incorporate‘s ever-expanding library of videos and educational resources into their curriculum.

ECOEXPRESS is for everyone, so be sure to stop by BOOTH 74!

Science Carnival on the Parkway Details  >>

Science Carnival Map and Guide >>

Philadelphia Science Festival Details >>

Philadelphia Science Festival Schedule of Events >>

April 9th event: Arming you with Tools to become involved in your Community’s Future

Coming  on April 9th at Villanova University is the Environmental Advisory Council Network’s Annual Conference, which provides an excellent opportunity for anyone who’s looking to ramp up their knowledge of sustainability and how to work with their local government to protect open space, prevent flooding, take action on climate change, and a whole lot more.

We’re on the Agenda sharing video case studies of some of the fantastic runoff prevention efforts taking place around the region, and offering a sneak peek at our soon to be released Updated StormwaterPA Online Resource Center–but we’re only a small part of this valuable event. Check it out–and join in. You can still register!

14th Annual EAC Network Conference

April 9, 2011, Villanova University

7:30 am – 3:45 pm

Join EAC members from across the region to learn about how your community can better manage stormwater runoff, protect open space, develop trails, and promote green development.

Sponsored by PA DCNR, the William Penn Foundation

Download the Complete Agenda here >>

Register Here >>

Ask not what your community can do for you-ask what you can do for your community

We love sharing, borrowing, and/or paraphrasing quotable quotes, and there’s no better time than Earth Month to revisit the spirit of giving back that President Kennedy sought to instill during his historic inaugural address.

My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you — ask what can you do for your country.

President John F. Kennedy, Jan 20, 1961.

President Obama’s United We Serve initiative picks up on the theme — and a couple of weeks ago, highlighted a great story on the intersection of service, learning, and preparing our youngsters for the demands of the 21st Century. Check it out here >>

Closer to home, there are literally hundreds of opportunities to answer the call in the coming weeks, from Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful’s Great PA Cleanup events to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Plant One Million Trees initiative; from the Schuylkill Scrub watershed wide beautification efforts to a variety of events being hosted around the City of Philadelphia.

If running’s your thing (like ours), you can support the Clean Air Council’s work while hammering out a 5K on the Drives.

April 16: 30th Anniversary 5K for Clean Air >>

For change of scenery, venture out to the Cobbs Creek Parkway for the inaugural 5K hosted by the Darby-Cobbs Watershed Partnership.

April 23: Cobbs Creek 5K >>

Take the plunge and get Involved. Somehow, somewhere, you can start making a difference.

Do something TODAY.