Sep 24, 2009


TTF is thrilled to announce that we are a finalist for the Tom’s of Maine Corporate Sponsorship program. We are one of 50 national finalists competing for five $20,000 prizes. And WE NEED YOUR HELP! The prizes are entirely determined by an online voting process. Please go here and vote for TTF’s project, “Eyesores to…

Sep 22, 2009

International Coastal Cleanup Day at Wall Park

On September 19, 2009 at Wall Park in Cheltenham Township, over 40 residents participated in a stream cleanup event that removed over 1,400 pounds of trash from the Tookany Creek and its banks. The event was a cooperative, volunteer effort by citizens from across the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watershed. TTF hosted the event as part of International…

Sep 22, 2009

Environment Day at Center in the Park

Center in the Park’s Senior Environment Corps hosted a wonderful event on Friday, September 19: their annual Environment Day. TTF was proud to be able to come out and meet with community members and celebrate all of the Senior Environment Corp’s hard work. For those of you who don’t know, the Senior Environment Corps is…

Sep 21, 2009

Rain Barrel Charette

On Saturday, September 12th, Urban Studio, a program of Green Village Philadelphia, held a charette to involve stakeholders from local environmental organizations and community groups in the process of designing an innovative rain collection system. The goal of this meeting was to break away from the standard rain “barrel” and design something more functional that…

Sep 21, 2009

Ross Street Meeting: September 9

On Wednesday, September 9th, the residents of Ross St held a meeting to discuss plans to make their block the first green street in the Awbury/Cliveden Neighborhood. The meeting started out with a brief presentation by Chris Metcalf from Urban Eco Electric. UEE is offering to lease solar panels to residents and reduce their energy…

Sep 14, 2009

New York Times: Toxic Waters

The New York Times has a great new series on water pollution. One article, “Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering,” has some startling statistics: The Times’s research also shows that last year, 40 percent of the nation’s community water systems violated the Safe Drinking Water Act at least once, according to…

Sep 10, 2009

Green City, Clean Waters

The Philadelphia Water Department’s “Green City, Clean Waters” plan is now available online at! The vision behind the Green City, Clean Waters Plan is to unite the City of Philadelphia with its water environment, creating a green legacy for future generations while incorporating a balance between ecology, economics and equity. The $1.6 billion plan…

Aug 31, 2009

Job Opening at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association

The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association is looking for an Executive Director. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2009, and more details are available here [.pdf].

Aug 20, 2009

Mexico City Bans Plastic Bags

From the article: Mexico City becomes the second large metropolitan area in the Western Hemisphere to outlaw the bags. San Francisco in March 2007 enacted an ordinance that gave supermarkets six months and large chain pharmacies about a year to phase out the bags. Los Angeles is set to impose a ban if the state…

Aug 17, 2009

E-waste News from PennFuture

Check out all this cool e-waste news from the most recent PennFuture newsletter: Podcast of the Week: Your computer’s dead. Now what? In this week’s podcast, PennFuture’s western Pennsylvania Outreach Coordinator Joylette Portlock takes you on an audio tour of eLoop LLC, an ethical electronics recycling firm in Plum Borough, just outside of Pittsburgh. You’ll…

Aug 10, 2009

E-waste Article in the New York Times

Here’s an interesting e-waste article from the New York Times. This one focuses mostly on the confusing patchwork of state laws regarding e-waste. Exactly whose responsibility is it? State governments? The federal government? Electronics manufacturers? Electronics consumers? From the article: The E.P.A. estimates that 2.6 million tons of electronic waste were dropped into landfills in…

Aug 3, 2009

Should Nature Be Able to Take You to Court?

We just came across this really interesting article from the Boston Globe. An excerpt: Last February, the town of Shapleigh, Maine, population 2,326, passed an unusual ordinance. Like nearby towns, Shapleigh sought to protect its aquifers from the Nestle Corporation, which draws heavily on the region for its Poland Spring bottled water. Some Maine towns…

Aug 3, 2009

Message from Penn Future

Here’s a message we received from Heather Sage, Vice President of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, regarding upcoming legislation: Don’t let coal companies trash our streams We need your help. Our streams are at risk from the coal industry again. Ask your state representative to oppose House Bill 1847 and your senator to oppose Senate Bill…

Jul 15, 2009

Teens Go Green!

Our friend Khiet Luong from the Darby-Cobbs Watershed Partnership sent usa article from a few weeks ago. It’s all about Teens Go Green, an awesome new initiative from the Urban Tree Connection, Foundations, Inc. and MLK High School. This program has dual purposes: neighborhood teenagers learn new skills in the landscaping business and beautify…

Jul 10, 2009

Australian Town Bans Bottled Water Sales

While Philadelphia is still struggling with the issue of plastic bags, the Australian town of Bundanoon recently took the bold environmental stance of banning the sale of bottled water(article no longer available). The most interesting tidbit from the article: The measure will not impose penalties on those who don’t comply when it goes into effect…

Jun 29, 2009

Colorado Legalizes Rainwater Harvesting

While we deal with the issue of having too much stormwater here in Pennsylvania, other parts of the country are struggling with having too little. Kirk Johnson’s article in today’s New York Times, “It’s Now Legal to Catch a Raindrop in Colorado,” explains that due to (often antiquated) ownership laws, it is illegal to harvest…

Jun 29, 2009

Must-Read Articles in Grid Magazine

I’m a little late in posting this, as June is about to be officially over, but I wanted to make sure to note that June’s Grid (Philly’s awesome, free sustainability magazine) has two really interesting stormwater-related articles. One is a profile of Alden Zove’s Cedar Run Landscapes, which has a created a sophisticated rainwater-harvesting landscaping…

Jun 26, 2009

More Reasons to Recycle Electronics Ethically

FRONTLINE/World had a great special on electronics recycling the other night. It describes the terrifying world of the global e-waste trade and traces what happens to American electronics once they are shipped to developing countries where people — including young children — incinerate them and rummage through them for parts. The program’s website has some…

Jun 26, 2009

Volunteers Needed for Rain Barrel Work Camp

The Community Action Agency of Delaware County (CAADC), in partnership with the Planning Department, Conservation District, and American Rivers, is looking for volunteers to assist with their Rain Barrel Work Camp (July 27-31). These volunteers would be helping to install rain barrels for homeowners. Rain barrel construction training for all volunteers will occur on Wednesday,…

Jun 25, 2009

Announcement: Job Opening at TTF!

We are excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for a new position at TTF. Through the VISTA program, we will be hiring a Model Neighborhood Liaison for the Germantown/East Mt.Airy section of the watershed. Read on for more information. Job Title: Model Neighborhood Liaison Job Description: Seeking a full-time AmeriCorpsVISTA* for the…

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