Screening of “Green City, Clean Waters” on Thursday, March 20th

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Green City Clean Waters is the 30-minute documentary we created for the Philadelphia Water Department on Philadelphia’s plan to transform the city into an oasis of rain gardens, green roofs, treescapes, and porous pavements, which advocates say is cheaper than tunnels and makes for a more livable, prettier city with higher property values and better community health.

After the screening of our film, our Executive Director Barry Lewis will moderate a panel featuring representatives from Green Stormwater Infrastructure Partners, Tookany/Tacony- Frankford Watershed Partnership, and PowerCorpsPHL about how the students, residents, and businesses can get involved and participate with the green stormwater infrastructure movement in Philly.

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Panelists:
Anna Shipp – Project Manager, Green Stormwater Infrastructure Partners

The Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners is a priority initiative of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia. The GSI Partners were formed in response to the Philadelphia Water Department’s innovative Green City Clean Waters plan, and are working to maximize the success of that plan by advancing the green stormwater infrastructure industry, innovation, and the local businesses whose services and products relate to GSI.

Julie Slavet – Executive Director, Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc.
As TTF’s Executive Director, Julie Slavet leads the organization in its mission to improve the health and vitality of the TTF watershed by engaging its communities in education, stewardship, restoration, and advocacy. An active Philadelphia Water Department Green City Clean Waters partner, TTF works across our 30 square mile watershed to implement green infrastructure and stream restoration projects in collaboration with municipal, school, and community partners. Julie has over 30 years of experience at all levels of government and in both the non-profit and small business worlds. Before joining TTF, she served as the senior district staff member for Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz, leading constituent services and outreach efforts in a district of 650,000 constituents in Montgomery County and Northeast Philadelphia. Julie earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Smith College and an M.S. in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts.

Julia Hillengas – Deputy Service Officer, PowerCorps PHL
As the city’s Deputy Service Officer, I work to build out national service and volunteer systems to increase impact. In September, we launched PowerCorpsPHL, an initiative that utilizes AmeriCorps service to cultivate Philadelphia’s young adult workforce and increase the city’s green infrastructure.


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Upcoming GreenTreks Film Screenings

We are thrilled to be involved in some upcoming screenings of our documentaries!

February 2014 -- GreenTreks Screening at Temple University
Film Screening TOMORROW, Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, at 4:00pm,
in Temple University’s Geography and Urban Studies Department.

It’s on the 3rd Floor of Gladfelter Hall, which is by 11th and Berks, Philadelphia, PA.
This screening is free and open to the public! You just need to bring a photo ID for security purposes.

 

greencitycleanwaters
Thursday, March 20th, 2014, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
CityCoHo Philly Nexus (2401 Walnut street, Philadelphia, PA)

We will be screening our 30-minute Green City, Clean Waters documentary, with a panel discussion to follow. Panelists will include representatives from the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, the Sustainable Business Network’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure Partners, and PowerCorps PHL.

Let us know in the comments if you are planning to go!

A Whirlwind of Activity at GreenTreks

This year has been a busy one, and we couldn’t be more pleased!

metta movement

First off, thanks to all of those who attended the party with a purpose we co-hosted last month with lululemon athletic Walnut Street. If you missed metta movement, check out our Instagram for some snapshots from the night.

EcoExpress

What a landmark year it has been for EcoExpress.org! We are working on a new video series that focuses on exciting (and surprising) careers with a STEM focus. The videos will be released early next year. We can’t wait to show you. Don’t forget, though – we’ve added a lot of videos over this past year. We’ve been focusing more on water and watersheds, as it is the environmental issue that connects to so many others.

Here are the video & lesson plan additions to EcoExpress.org in 2013:
Clean Water: A Long Journey from the Source to Our Tap
Porous Pavement
Streamside Forest Buffers
Bioretention Island
Keeping Water On Site: Waterview Recreation Center
Rain Barrels: Preventing Water Pollution Starts at Home
Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time
Rain Barrels: Preventing Water Pollution Starts at Home
Gardening for a Healthier Bay
Mowing to Meadows
Green Schools: Albert Greenfield Elementary

In 2014, EcoExpress will be unveiling the new STEM careers videos, offering more teacher workshops, providing in-class support, and hosting the 4th annual Spring into Science Education. We are so excited about all of these great plans, but our efforts require more funding to make them a reality. At this critical time for schools, please help us continue to provide environmental educational services. Donate directly to EcoExpress.

Flowers

You’ve maybe even spotted Barry or myself (Meghan) giving a presentation about StormwaterPA. This year, we’ve furthered education about the impacts of polluted stormwater runoff in our local region. Here’s a snippet of what’s happened.

Clean Your Water is a new initiative of StormwaterPA.org. We are helping municipalities in watersheds across Pennsylvania educate about the value of caring for your local watershed. We curate multimedia resources that are relevant and important to diverse audiences. We provide key community groups with the knowledge to greatly benefit watershed health. So far, we’ve crafted websites for Cumberland County and the Wissahickon Watershed. Want to see your region represented? Let us know!

Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time was a big hit this year. We also released a beautifully-made, animated film: Clean Water: A Long Journey from Source to Tap. Our newest film takes place in the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed. Watch as a park along Tacony Creek is transformed, to the benefit of the creek and to the joy of the community.

Help support education about the impacts of stormwater on our drinking water & communities! Donate directly to StormwaterPA.

What’s New!

Our two keystone projects, EcoExpress.org and StormwaterPA.org, have so much going on! Here’s a quick update about new additions to these resourceful sites.

New Teaching Materials on EcoExpress.org:

EcoExpress: Clean Water Classroom Activity

Thanks to our resident science curriculum expert, Anita, there are new teaching materials up on EcoExpress.org! As you know, we’ve crafted many short documentaries on managing rain water and trying to reduce the impacts of flooding and pollution. The thing that I really love about these videos is that they take this complicated and technical topic, and spell it out in a way that just makes sense. This is thanks in no small part to the great film producer on our team, Maria. Since these videos serve people so well via our StormwaterPA.org project, we want to also make these programs accessible for teachers and students. So Anita selected some of our most popular films and developed complementary teaching materials.

Here are some of the most recent lessons:

Green Apple Day of Service at Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School

And come see EcoExpress staffers in action! Anita will be presenting at a great event at one of our favorite schools – Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School. Come check out their new school meadow by attending their Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, September 28th, 2013, from 9am to 2pm! The school is located at 201 E Salaignac St, Philadelphia, PA 19128.

 

New Videos on StormwaterPA.org

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership is one of the most exciting watershed groups in the state! They are featured in our recent piece, Tacony Creek Restoration: Improving Water Quality and Quality of Life.

In other exciting news, we also created an animated short! Clean Water: A Long Journey from the Source to Our Tap is an amazing film that shows exactly what pollutes the water – and the solutions!

And, in case you missed it, our video on Rain Gardens that was released in the spring has been a big hit! And, yeah — you’re in luck! EcoExpress has water education tools for it!

“Rain Gardens” Premiere at Spring into Science Education

It’s been out for a couple weeks now, but we are THRILLED with the response that our newest documentary has received! “Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time” premiered two weeks ago at Spring into Science Education, which was co-hosted by EcoExpress and the Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition. Since then, we’ve received such wonderful, positive feedback!

Our EcoExpress program is running a contest related to the Rain Gardens documentary. Learn more here about how you could win a mini video camera to capture your own stories that change the world!

Our StormwaterPA program also features the documentary, with great stormwater management resources!

Below are some photos from the 3rd Annual Spring into Science Education Expo! We had such an amazing time. Thanks so much to everyone who participated! One of EcoExpress’ biggest fans, Adjoa, sent us some of these photos. Thanks, Adjoa! See more photos on the EcoExpress Facebook Page.