Ready For 100
Ready For 100 % Renewable Energy Workshop
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.
This RF100/Suburban Workshop covered
- Intro - chat with Kassie Rohrbach, Assoc Director, Sierra Club Ready For 100
- What we've done so far in Chester County
- How - tools & examples we can use in our townships and boroughs
- You - and most importantly, how you can help - volunteer opportunities
To join the Suburban team, contact Lee Reinert (email@example.com) or Paula Kline (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Many cities and towns across the country (please watch the video below) have already taken the pledge to get to 100% Renewables. The first step to making a plan is establishing a goal and a deadline. Mayor Kenney of Philadelphia has committed to 80% reduction by 2050 (see pg 33 here). That's huge. Is it enough?
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/
- 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 email@example.com
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
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 (email@example.com) with film viewing requests.
What's The Buzz? - Twitter and FB feeds from Sierra Club outlets