Milestones Awards: Nonprofit and Corporate Steward

Julie Slavet
May 20, 2016

Nonprofit Steward

Abington Friends School

Abington Friends School has enthusiastically embraced stewardship of Jenkintown Creek, which begins on its campus. Students have been involved in all aspects of the riparian buffer and rain garden projects, undertaking buffer cleanups twice each year and designating TTF as a recipient for the funds raised through their recent 5K run. The AFS community embraces and even hosts additional environmental events, such as Tree Tenders, as well as a variety of TTF workshops and meetings. The AFS commitment to the environment is demonstrated through its annual Eco Fest and Nature Playdate, which is open to the entire community, and the opening of the Abington Friends Arboretum this spring. The school has facilitated TTF’s partnership with the Monthly Meeting on the next stream protection effort. Abington Friends School is truly making a difference, helping children understand in a hands-on way what it means to be a watershed steward.

Two people planting a tree

Solid Rock United Methodist Church

Pastor Margret has worked closely with the Pennsylvania Environmental Council and Philadelphia Water to install Green Stormwater Infrastructure at the Solid Rock UMC. Funded through grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Growing Greener Program and PWD’s Stormwater Management Implementation Project (SMIP) the project at the Church will include two rain gardens and a cistern. Throughout the multi-year planning and design phases, the pastor has shown an enormous amount of passion about the value and need for the project. She has remained one of its biggest champions, despite delays, several grant rounds, conceptual and preliminary design meetings, and the inevitable changes as design progressed to final construction. She sought permission from the Church to make the necessary improvements to the property, educated her board of directors about the benefits, rallied support among the church membership, hosted training meetings for other grantees, searched and provided old deeds and survey plans, all while remaining courteous, patient and enthusiastic. Pastor Margret has been a real joy to work with despite the very long delays in the project and the mountains of paperwork. She has been a strong watershed steward!

Photo of Solid Rock United Methodist Church

Corporate Steward


Wawa built its new store at 3901-95 Aramingo Avenue to include installation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) to capture and filter rain where it falls, and help to protect our water. Four areas of plants and soil were installed to manage on-site runoff from storms. Together, these areas cover 14,500 square feet. Two underground basins were also installed to collect and slowly release rainwater to help control flooding from much larger storms. These underground basins can store a total of 8,200 cubic feet of water! This project demonstrates Wawa’s commitment to the community by protecting our creeks. This store is also TTF’s favorite Wawa because it is so close to our home at 4500 Worth Street. We are delighted to award Wawa the TTF Corporate Stewardship Award.

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Join us at our Annual Watershed Milestones Award Ceremony & Reception on May 25th, when we will honor these award winners! You can buy tickets here. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the accomplishments of our partners and supporters in an evening of food, fun, and networking!

Our Partner Alliance!

Logos for our Partner Alliance members: Lindy Communities, ISS, AquaReale, UPenn, PECO, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, and Abington Friends School.

AKRF, Inc. — O’Brien & Gere — The RBA Group — Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership — Firestone & Company — Pennoni Associates

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