Jun 7, 2010

PA Suspends Drilling at Shale Rupture Site

From today’s Philadelphia Inquirer: Pennsylvania environmental officials on Monday suspended some operations of a Marcellus Shale natural gas operator whose well blew out last week and spewed natural gas and 35,000 gallons of drilling fluid in a remote part of Clearfield County. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger ordered EOG Resources Inc. to suspend…

Jun 4, 2010

Take Action with Penn Future

Do you support clean water for Philadelphia? Do you care about our state’s forests and rivers? Do you think that Pennsylvania should focus more on its environment  instead of just the state budget? If so then take action and tell the Senate to save our forests from gas drilling. Check out more details from our…

Jun 4, 2010

An Update from American Rivers

Please read the following press release from American Rivers regarding the press event that took place on Wednesday. Sarah was there representing TTF, along with the President of our Board, Gerry Kaufman, who is quoted below. It’s long, but chocked-full of important information about protecting the Delaware River. American Rivers Names Upper Delaware River Most…

Jun 4, 2010

Stormwater Management at Maritime Charter Academy High School

Yesterday, while Sarah was helping Wyncote Elementary School students with a planting project at their school, Ashley and I headed over to the Maritime Charter Academy High School to help out with some of their new stormwater management features. Maritime Charter Academy’s mission is to “provide students in grades 5 through 12 a rigorous academic…

Jun 3, 2010

Vote for Trees in PA Again!

Pennsylvania – home to the best state parks system in the nation – is trailing Texas in the Odwalla Plant a Tree promotion. If you have not voted, please vote right now here. If you already voted, you can vote again. When it asks you for the special Visitor Kit code, enter PA7000. You do…

Jun 1, 2010

Press Conferences June 2 on Gas Drilling Threat to Delaware River

Please read this important press release regarding an important upcoming event to protect the Upper Delaware River!   While the catastrophic consequences from extractive industries’ arrogant behavior unfolds before the eyes and hearts of a horrified nation, a tapestry of voices urges caution when it comes to putting the Delaware River, 330 miles long with…

May 28, 2010

Philadelphia’s Greenworks Plan: One Year Later

On Wednesday, I was pleased to attend the first annual progress report for Philadelphia’s Greenworks Plan, a six-year plan for making Philadelphia the greenest city in the country. The event was inspiring. It was great to see so many environmental and community organizations working together to celebrate our city and help it become as sustainable…

May 24, 2010

Help Plant more Trees in Pennsylvania

Help Pennsylvania receive money to plant trees by going to and voting for Pennsylvania. Beginning May 25, Pennsylvania will be competing with the 49 other states in the “Plant a Tree” campaign sponsored by Odwalla fruit juices. Citizens across the nation will be asked to go to the Odwalla website,, and vote for…

May 21, 2010

Important Action to Protect the Delaware

PennFuture describes how you can take action to keep drilling from polluting Philadelphia’s drinking water supply. Regulations that would safeguard our drinking water and public health have cleared one hurdle but we need you to speak out now to keep the momentum going. Last week the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) approved new regulations that would…

May 21, 2010

Urban Energy Conservation Initiative a Huge Success!

The moment we have been building up to, Clearview Street’s big Urban Energy Conservation Block Party, went off without a hitch Saturday, May 15th. The Ogontz Ave Revitalization Corporation (OARC) supplied residents with energy saving devices for their homes, great food, upbeat music and a host of incredible opportunities form local utilities and organizations. With…

May 5, 2010

Victory for Pennsylvania’s Forests and Waterways!

Thank you to our local House Representatives John Myers and Dwight Evans for voting to pass House Bill 2235, a bill to protect our forests and waterways from Marcelllus Shale Drilling. HB 2235, which would put a three year freeze on new leases for gas drilling in state forests, was passed by the House yesterday…

May 3, 2010

Porch Planting on May Day

To celebrate the warm weather and herald in the spring, TTF hosted a container gardening workshop on Clearview Street. Residents worked with TTF staff to plant annual flowers and native perennial shrubs to beautify the block and manage stormwater. Here are some photos of the residents with their new plants: Remember: In just two short…

May 3, 2010

Arbor Day

Arbor Day is a national celebration that encourages tree planting and care every year on the last Friday in April. This Arbor Day TTF worked with the Roosevelt Middle School and planted over 150 seedlings on their campus! All of our wonderful helpers also took home a tree to plant at their house. Get inspired…

Apr 20, 2010

Watch the Green City, Clean Waters Video!

Be sure to check out the video below, which explains the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green City, Clean Waters plan. The plan “envisions transforming 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 liveable, prettier city with higher property…

Apr 19, 2010

Thanks to our Awesome Volunteers!

Many thanks to all the wonderful, dedicated volunteers who came out to help clean up the creek behind Cedarbrook Middle School this weekend! More pictures will be posted soon on our Facebook page. For more clean-ups, events, and volunteer opportunities, please visit our Events page.

Apr 16, 2010

Special Recycling Events in Montgomery County!

Earth Day is coming up and there are a number of special events going on throughout Montgomery County! Please check out the schedule listed below and share them with your friends and neighbors. For more information on recycling in Montgomery County, check out Saturday, April 17 – Tire Collection (Sponsored by Montgomery County) Pottstown Municipal…

Apr 15, 2010

Model Neighborhood Clean-up A Huge Success!

TTF would like to give a huge THANK YOU to the amazing, motivated Model Neighborhood residents who turned out on Saturday morning for a great day of street cleaning, porch painting, and illegal dumping prevention. We’d also like to thank the City of Philadelphia for donating supplies, Wawa and Fresh Grocer for donating food, Reverend…

Apr 13, 2010

Earth Day Challenge

With the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day approaching on April 22nd our government is challenging us to make a change. President Obama explains that change won’t come from Washington alone when it comes to creating a healthy environment, it has to also come from each and everyone of us. President Obama and TTF challenge you…

Apr 5, 2010

DEP Advises Residents, Anglers to Avoid Sewage-Contaminated Tookany, Frankford Creeks

Please read the important announcement below from the Pennsylvania DEP! DEP Advises Residents, Anglers to Avoid Sewage-Contaminated Tookany, Frankford Creeks in Montgomery County, Philadelphia: Ongoing Sewer Overflow Releasing Untreated Sewage into Creek NORRISTOWN — The Department of Environmental Protection is warning residents and anglers to stay out of Tookany and Frankford creeks in Cheltenham Township,…

Apr 2, 2010

Join the Wingohocking Tree Tenders!

In response to the declining tree population in Germantown and a growing demand for street trees, TTF has created the Wingohocking Tree Tenders Group. The group will serve to educate residents on the benefits of trees in urban areas, help plan and implement new tree plantings, and help care for existing trees. This is an…

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