Philadelphia Science Festival: Come Visit Us!

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The 2014 Philadelphia Science Festival is a citywide collaboration that brings together nine exciting days, April 25 – May 3, filled with events that showcase science and technology in everyday life. With 175 of the region’s most influential institutions, museums and cultural centers working together, the Festival aims to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers by exploring the many ways that science and technology touch our everyday lives. Presented by The Dow Chemical Company and organized by The Franklin Institute, the Festival packs more than 100 events into nine exciting days at locations across the region, including restaurants, parks, breweries, libraries, museums and other neighborhood places, many of them free!


The awesome group at our educator workshop last year.

We are thrilled to be involved with a number of events again this year with the Philadelphia Science Festival.

Neighborhood Science Activity
Monday, April 28, 2014,
3:30pm to 5:30pm
at the Haverford Branch of the Free Library,
5543 Haverford Avenue, Philadelphia , PA, 19139

Educator Workshop: Understanding the Urban Watershed
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
4pm to 7pm
at the Fairmount Water Works,
640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Science Carnival on the Parkway
Saturday, May 3, 2014
10am to 4pm
on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

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

Green City Clean Waters Advertisement

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!

We’re having a party!

metta movement 2013: Thursday, November 7th!
On Thursday, November 7th, we’re co-hosting a party with a purpose with lululemon athletica Walnut Street. The metta movement 2013 is about creating positive change in our community and we want you to be a part of it. At this special event at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, we’re celebrating Next Generation Health!

We’ll be showcasing other local non-profits who are up to big, game-changing things. Your ticket is your passport to a fun evening–and gives you the power to choose how funds are awarded. Tickets are extremely limited, so get yours today and make your mark on the future of health and wellness in our community.

The semifinalist organizations are:
Urban Blazers
HYPE (Healthy You. Positive Energy.)
Child Guidance Resource Center

metta movement 2013: Next Generation Health
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 5:30pm to 7:30pm
at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
(640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130)

Learn more about this unique event and buy your ticket here!

EcoExpress in the Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia Science Festival 2013

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a ten-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages. GreenTreks Network’s environmental education program, EcoExpress.org, will be participating in three upcoming events as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival!

Science Carnival on the Parkway
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
at Logan’s Circle (on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 19th Street in Philadelphia, PA)

You’ve never experienced an outdoor carnival like this one! This carnival features more than 100 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, and a packed line-up of live entertainment. Enjoy liquid nitrogen ice cream, make gak, meet live zoo animals, check out the inner-workings of robots, take a tour of a helicopter, extract DNA from a strawberry, test a “crime scene” for forensic evidence, and so much more!

Teacher Workshop: Connecting to our Everyday Environment with EcoExpress.org and the PA Horticultural Society
Monday, April 22, 2013, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
at the Department of Making and Doing (3711 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)

Engage in a lively discussion with other educators on how to make cross-curricular connections to environmental science. Then, learn how to address ecological topics while using your student’s everyday environment and gain valuable classroom resources from EcoExpress and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Participating Pennsylvania-based teachers will receive three Act 48 credit hours. Register for free here.

Student Event: Neighborhood Science After School
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
at the South Philadelphia Branch of the Free Library (1700 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145)

Turn your kitchen into a science lab! Discover how chemistry plays a role in some of your favorite foods. Then, learn how you can keep our drinking water safe and clean by protecting water at the source, and how to write and break secret codes! Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Temple University will also be presenting! This event is FREE and open to students in K through 12!

In addition to attending these excellent events, don’t forget to enter EcoExpress’ contest to win a mini video camera!