Launch of Paint Chester County
Click here to learn more about this creative project to help raise awareness and protect our precious open spaces in Chester County.
People's Climate March
Chester County Sierra Club is hosting an informational and planning meeting for the April 29th People's Climate March at West Chester Borough Hall at 1:30PM Sat, Mar 25. (West Chester Borough Hall, 401 E Gay St)
Here are some of the questions the meeting will address:
- What's up with this big march I keep hearing about in April?
- What are transportation options?
- Can I get a sponsored ticket? Can I sponsor someone else?
- What's the theme?
- What's the march route?
- When does it really start?
- Are there issue contingents?
- Are there speakers?
- How can I help with planning?
- What should my sign say?
- Are there rules for sign making?
Update on Mariner East Pipeline
Just exactly where is the ME2 pipeline being installed? Where will open trench cut be used? Where will Sunoco Logistics be doing horizontal drilling (running drills 24 hrs a day?)? Where are they allowed to place equipment and where are they not allowed?
Check out this FracTracker interactive map - zoom in on your neighborhood or your commute. The double red lines are the 2 new pipelines. The red lines with the purple dots is where they will be drilling. The grey shaded area is where they are permitted to place equipment. Let's all be diligent and make sure they don't overstep their boundaries.
Find this and other great pipeline resistance resources, including Bernie Greenberg's latest presentation (Mar, 2017) on the Pipeline Cmte page.
Ready For 100
Ready For 100 Chester County
In December, 2016, volunteer leaders from the Sierra Club of Chester County and 4CP (Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection) led a workshop on organizing a Ready For 100 program here in Chester County. We want your input. We want your help.
Ready For 100 is a national campaign focused on driving the demand for renewable energy from the bottom up by encouraging our municipal governments (large and small) to pledge, plan and commit to a transition to renewables in all phases of energy: electricity, transportation and heat. Before it's too late.
Go to the Ready For 100 project page for details and resources for our volunteers
To join the Suburban team, contact Lee Reinert (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Paula Kline (email@example.com)
Many cities and towns across the country (please watch the video below) have already taken the pledge to get to 100% Renewables. The team has prepared this one-page flyer to help get you up to speed about this important campaign.
Results of Q1 Planning Meeting
On Jan 8 a group of volunteers brainstormed about ideas for Chester County in 2017. Here's the list. Some have leaders. Some don't. If you want to help with any, please raise your hand. Without volunteer initiative, nothing happens.
- Paint Chester County (Ken Hemphill) - put out a call to artists to paint scenes of Chester County. Perhaps sponsor some materials. Organize an art show in the fall. Awards? Partner orgs? Sponsored prizes? Perhaps a mural category - senior project? to paint the walls of the Rt 30 overpass on the Struble Trail. The waiting room at the Whitford train station?
- Pipleline Event - something to get more people involved (besides impacted land owners). Perhaps a "staged/simulated pipeline rupture and explosion". Perhaps a drone-cam to show the impacted radius
- Brandywine Paddle
- Collaboration with other organizations - not just environmental. Explore opportunities to do some joint projects
- Watershed Conservation (Carol Armstrong) - partner with one of several water focused groups in the area. Perhaps a creek cleanup w/ focus on plastic collection
- Host a symposium for Environmental Advisory Committees (EACs) - invite Twp officials to attend, presentations on all kinds of (local) env issues/opportunities. Present RF100. Invite allied businesses to present
- Host a Volunteer Fair - to attract and activate more volunteers
- Electromagnetic Interference (Holly) - research cmte, What is the impact that EMI pollution has on us? What can we do about it?
- Highway Cleanup & Styrofoam Collection (Leslie, Jim) - probably Earth Day - Apr 22
- Tree giveaway (Eva Wylie) - make a bulk purchase of trees, invite members to come pick up, plant on their property, prepare handout on importance of trees, carbon cycle, etc. Perhaps timed with Arbor Day Apr 29
- Sponsored Twp Official tour of: - solar facility, fuel cell power plant, green building. We may need to raise some money for this
- Crebilly Farm advocacy (Ken) - there's an opportunity to push for a county or state park for this beautiful farm near 202/926. Currently owned by Toll Bros, but zoning has not changed yet. see http://www.neighborsforcrebilly.org/
- Env Book Club (Alexa) - meet periodically to discuss a book i.e. The Madhouse Effect by Michael Mann or Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman by Miriam Horn, environmental classics as well as current lit. We all are busy so this would be a relaxing book club, timewise and other wise.
- Schuylkill Water Stewards - join, sponsor, promote or otherwise help with the Schuylkill Water Stewards Volunteer program.
- Other ideas: Student outreach, Stroudt Water Research Tour, Riparian Buffer tree planting,
If you want to join the fun and make a difference, contact Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org
McAfee Farm, Summer Hammock - Ed Bacon
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Click on the sections below to see what SCofCC has been up to, what we plan to do this year and info on how you can get involved.
Local Environmental Issues - our volunteers are tracking and combatting threats to our water, air, land and food
Pipelines & Pumping Stations
Open Space Preservation
Don't Spray Me
Zero Waste Experiment
2017 Calendar - current list of programs, outings, actions and meetings for this year.
Outings - our team is planning adventures
and outdoor education all around Chester County
What We Have Learned - some notes and slides from past programs
Movie Nights - invite the Sierra Club to show a film and discuss at your venue.
We have a collection of DVDs about current regional and global environmental issues. We would be happy to bring the film and lead a discussion about the issues. [Some film distributors require showing rights, but usually if the group is no more than about 20, this is not a problem.]
Here's our current lineup:
- Chasing Ice (climate change) - trailer
- The Dinner (sustainable food) - trailer
- Wisdom to Survive (climate change and faith) - trailer
- Green Fire (Aldo Leopold's land ethic) - trailer
- Lines of Evidence (climate change) - watch
- Food Inc. (where our food comes from) - trailer
- Flow (water quality) - trailer
- The Last Mountain (mountaintop removal coal mining) - trailer
Contact Jim (firstname.lastname@example.org) with film viewing requests.
What's The Buzz? - Twitter and FB feeds from Sierra Club outlets