Oct 4, 2009

Must-Read Article Explains the Green City, Clean Waters Plan

Sandy Bauer’s article in last week’s Philadelphia Inquirer, Breaking Ground with a 1.6 Billion Plan to Tame Water (article no longer available), does a fantastic job of explaining the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green City, Clean Waters Plan. Here at TTF, we are thrilled to be a partner on one of the first blocks to participate…

Oct 4, 2009

Renewable Energy Resources

Conventional electricity production has the potential to be harmful to water quality through a variety of processes. Thermal pollution (when heated water is released into aquatic systems) and chemical pollution (chemically altered water from cleaning solutions, coal leaching, etc.) are two possible types of pollution from electric generation plants. Click here for more information. WHAT…

Sep 30, 2009

Delaware River Threatened

Please make sure to read this article about the proposed natural gas exploration in the Marcellus Shale and how it could seriously damage our drinking water! From the article: Philadelphians tend to take their abundant, cheap drinking water for granted. However, the quality, quantity, and price tag of clean water in the Delaware River basin,…

Sep 30, 2009

Green Life video features Cedarbrook bird habitat

Check it out this short film about the bird habitat we helped create at Cedarbrook Middle School!

Sep 30, 2009

Tally from Wall Park Clean-up

We’ve tallied up the data from our clean-up at Wall Park, and it is astonishing to see all that we picked up from the creek and its banks in just a few hours! We collected: 1402 pounds of trash, including: 205 food wrappers/containers 156 plastic bags 152 glass bottles 90 plastic bottles 87 beverage cans…

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…

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