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Erie Extreme Weather Community Resiliency Summit

Anita will be traveling to Erie, PA this October 8th, 9th and 10th for the Extreme Weather Community Resiliency Summit to discuss extreme weather and emergency preparedness Learn about how to be prepared for an emergency weather situation as well as attend movie screenings and dinner.

Extreme Weather Summit

To find out more about the planned events and to register click below:

Extreme Weather Community Resiliency Summit

STEM Careers Film Series Premiere on June 12

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Premiere of our new STEM Careers Video Series  

Thursday, June 12 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Philadelphia, PA.

Contact Anita Brook Dupree for more information or questions.

 

Please join GreenTreks Network’s EcoExpress.org program for the premiere of our new video series focused on S.T.E.M. related Careers! These fun, kid-friendly videos feature Philly public school students learning about some of the surprising job opportunities that draw on the science, technology, engineering, and math that we’re all exposed to in school. Who knew that you can get a scholarship in competitive fishing? Or that the perfect background for a local mystery writer is her engineering degree?

 

Refreshments, generously provided by the Friends of John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, will be served after the screening. 

 

Funding for the films generously provided by GSK, Dow Chemical and the Clif Bar Family Foundation.

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.

Repurposing materials for our DVD holders

GreenTreks' Creative Reuse

If you’ve ever come to an EcoExpress or StormwaterPA workshop, you’ve encountered our GreenTreks folders! Well, besides the occasional workshop, we honestly don’t get much use out of them. At the same time, we’ve been running low on DVD cases. We used to have a stockpile of plastic DVD holders, which we always felt icky using.

Last week, Barry and our new GlaxoSmithKline Pulse Volunteer Alysia concocted this creative reuse for our folders. Thus, we now have brand-new, recycled-paper DVD cases. And they’re pretty cool to boot, if I may say so myself.

Our online store may be down, but you can still purchase DVDs (or VHS tapes! Yes, we still have them!). To place an order, contact me (Meghan) via email or by phone at 215-545-5880.

If you have more creative reuse ideas for us to make DVD cases in the future, share them below!