Event on 3/29 is Free and Fun!

ATTN Teachers, Educators, and Community Members: Presents
Spring Into Science Education
Thursday, March 29, 2012, from 3 to 6pm
at the historic Laurel Hill Cemetery
(3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132-1840)

The 2nd Annual Spring into Science Education is a FREE networking event and celebration for local educators and community members. This event has a lot to offer!

Highlights of Spring into Science Education include:

  • The Premiere of the EcoExpress Documentary about the Overbrook Environmental Education Center
  • Exhibits by Local Environmental and Science Education Organizations
  • Hands-On Activity Demonstrations
  • Refreshments
  • Prizes
  • And more!

Getting to the Laurel Hill Cemetery is easy! Located just off of 76 in the East Falls neighborhood of Philadelphia, there is a free parking lot right on site for drivers. If you are taking public transportation, the 61 Bus runs from Center City to Laurel Hill. Or bike the Schuylkill River Trail directly to Laurel Hill.

Organizations participating in Spring into Science Education include Delaware Valley Green Building Council, Earth Force, Educational Advancement Alliance, Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, iPRAXIS, Laurel Hill Cemetery, Marmota Environmental Consulting, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia Science Festival, Project BioEyes, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Stroud Water Research Center with the Philadelphia Water Department, Take A Walk Books, and Weavers Way Community Programs.

While Spring into Science Education is a free event, attendance space is limited. Teachers, educators, and community members interested in attending are encouraged to register at

Kensington Green Street Unveiled

As noted in this post, City officials, community partners, and the Philadelphia Water Department celebrated the completion of the first in a series of stormwater-friendly GREEN STREETS last week. We were there to capture all the action and created a video snapshot featuring Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug, Deputy Mayor Mike DiBerardinis, New Kensington CDC Director Sandy Salzman, and some local residents.

Check it out — and visit Soak it Up, Philly! for a complete schedule of upcoming events.

Kensington Green Street from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

Soak it Up, Philly!

Unless you’ve been pulling a Rip van Winkle lately, you’ve heard it before: As part of its long-term commitment to improving the health of the City’s waterways, the Philadelphia Water Department is focusing a great deal of attention on a “greening” approach.

What you may not realize is just how many PWD “green infrastructure” projects are popping up all over the city. Or how they are having a truly transformative effect on the ‘hoods where they’re being put into place.

The first of a series of public events unveiling some of the projects (see Soak it Up, Philly) was held March 1 in Fishtown where Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug, Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources and Commissioner of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Mike DiBerardinis, New Kensington Community Development Corporation President Sandy Salzman, and other dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the completion of Philadelphia’s first stormwater-friendly GREEN STREET.

A green street restores some of our urban landscape’s natural function by capturing rain or snowmelt (stormwater runoff) and allowing it to soak into the soil instead of flowing directly into the City’s sewer system. This not only helps reduce pollution and prevents flooding, it brings a host of other benefits to a neighborhood, including beautification, cleaner air, and a renewed sense of community pride.

The Waterview Recreation Center in the East Falls neighborhood uses the same kind of stormwater tree trenches that were used in Fishtown. This video explains more about why rainwater runoff is a problem and how these “green tools” work:

Keeping Water On Site: Waterview Recreation Center from GreenTreks Network on Vimeo.

For everything you ever wanted to know about runoff and what’s being done about it, visit

For more videos about Philly’s exciting Green City, Clean Waters program, check out our Vimeo Channel.

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