Abington Township
Environmental Advisory Council
Montgomery County,  PA 19001
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Help Abington go green!
Welcome
It's easy to go green.  
The volunteers of the EAC are here to help you, your family, neighbors and friends go green. We work with residents, local organizations, businesses and the township to provide a clean and healthy environment for our community.
Learn how you can make a difference!

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Announcements

Help Keep Abington Beautiful 
We need your help to beautify and clean-up our parks and public spaces. Clean-ups are a great way to make a difference in your neighborhood. We report our results to the Great American Cleanup of PA.* In Pennsylvania last year, 136,000 volunteers picked up 6.3 million pounds of litter and planted over 31,000 trees, plants and flowers. What a difference! We provide free snacks, gloves, safety vests, trash bags and tools. For more info, email us:

Sat. 3/28 9:00-12:00 Crosswicks Audubon Sanctuary, Crosswicks Rd & Delene Rd, Rydal 

Sat. 4/11 1:00-3:00 Roslyn Ridge, Easton Rd & Susquehanna Rd, diagonally across from Roslyn train station. 

Sun. 4/12 10:00-1:00, Roychester Park, meet near Community House. 

Sat. 4/18 9:00-11:00 Sandy Run at Cleveland Ave &Roberta Ave, behind Overlook Elementary. 

Sat. 4/25 9:00-12:00 Keswick Ave Train Underpass Garden, Keswick Ave & Mt. Carmel Ave, Glenside.

Sat. 4/25 10:00-3:00 Arbor Day event at Grove Park, 1383 Easton Rd, Roslyn. 10:00 award presentation, 10:30 tree plantings, 12:00 park & stream clean-up, 1:00 rain barrel demonstration, 2:00 chainsaw carving demonstration. 

4/25 or 4/26 plant a tree at Rubicam Park and Ethel Jordan Park.
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Why Rain Barrels? 
attend our workshop
Saturday April 25, 2015 1:00 pm
Grove Park House, 1383 Easton Road, Roslyn

more 2015 workshops to be announced soon


Help fight pollution.
Collect your free rain water to lower your water bill 
~ use for lawn, garden or washing cars ~ 
Keep rain water run-off out of our streets and sewers to reduce pollution in streams, have cleaner water, and lower our water treatment and sewage costs. 
~ learn to make your own barrel ~

 Attend to get $10 off a rain barrel
  Custom colors & painted art barrels, scroll to info below  
More info, and how to build your own at:
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Township Paper Shred Event
Residents only - free paper shredding
Protect yourself from identity theft by shredding old documents
Saturday April 11, 2015, 9:00-12:00
Abington Township Public Works Facility
2201 Florey Lane, Abington PA 19001 (on left)
Details at: http://www.abington.org/refuse/2015-2016%20shredding.pdf 

Please bring a canned food item or peanut butter or jelly
to donate to the Abington Food Cupboard.
Thank you!
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Township E-Cycling events


Recycle your old electronics
"Anything with a plug"

Saturday November 7, 2015
Saturday February 27, 2016

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Abington Township Public Works Facility
2201 Florey Lane, Abington PA 19001 (on left)
Details at:
http://www.abington.org/refuse/2015-2016%20elec.pdf 
Please bring a canned food item,

 peanut butter or jelly 

to donate to the Abington Food Cupboard   Thank you! 
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House too cold?  
Button up your home for comfort.
Bad Weather
You can make your house feel more comfortable by weatherizing your house: adding insulation, sealing ductwork, and sealing drafts (especially around basements, doors and windows). You can do-it-yourself with inexpensive insulation, caulk, tape and foam products. You can also get a professional home energy audit to find those drafts and learn which home improvements are most cost effective. 
Info on Home Energy Audits: 

With inexpensive improvements, you can feel more comfortable and save money on your energy bills. 42% of your home energy use is spent on heating, so think about how much you can save. 

If 
you purchase energy-efficient appliances or heaters, you may be able to get rebate money back from PECO:  

If you are installing a geothermal heat pump, solar energy system, or wind turbine, you may also qualify for a 30% federal tax credit:  http://www.energystar.gov/about/federal_tax_credits
Low-rate financing for energy-efficiency home improvements may also be available.

Click on "Save Energy" to learn more
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Find your key to
Saving Money by Saving Energy

Learn how...

Please visit our "Save Energy" page.

Learn how you can save money by saving energy. 

Plan to attend Abington Township's annual
Energy Saving Expo
On the third Monday in November, 7:00 pm
at the Abington Township Building, 
1176 Old York Rd, Abington PA 19001

Learn how local residents have saved 
up to 40% on their energy bills. 

 Best Cost Energy Improvements 

★ Energy Audits 

★ Tax Credits

★ Alternative Energy

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Want to save money on bills?
You may be able to save money on your energy bills by switching from PECO to another energy supplier (electricity and natural gas). How do you choose which company to buy from? You can decide based on price, clean energy options, or local sources. 
For information on switching, visit the PA Public Utility Commission at  http://www.papowerswitch.com/ . 
To get details on clean energy suppliers, 
visit "Make Ben Proud" at  www.MakeBenProud.com .

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Water is precious.
What are the local issues?
What is stormwater management?
How you can help...
Visit the website

 “Working with Nature to Create a Sustainable Water Future”

Click on URL: waterblues.org .

Produced by Penn State Public Media.

Learn more about watershed issues and community service opportunities from the Abington EAC, or the TTF Watershed:  

julie @ ttfwatershed.org, 215.744.1853 ,  ttfwatershed.org

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Building on?

Why is the township requiring

 stormwater management?

Because water is precious, and because of drinking water, sewage, and flooding concerns in the Philadelphia area, we all need to do our part to help manage rainwater from storms. If you are building an addition, adding a patio, widening your driveway, or adding other impervious surface to your property, the township may require you to manage the additional stormwater that will run off of that surface. The township will advise you if you are required to do so when you apply for your permits. There are several ways to manage the water: redirect the water to an area where it can collect and soak into the ground (like a rain garden); add in-ground dry wells under your downspouts or driveway (aka bioretention, French drains), add rain barrels or downspout planters under your downspouts, etc.; there are many possibilities. For permit info, contact the Abington Township Engineering Department, 267-536-1041. For stormwater management ideas, ask your contractor or visit our Flooding/Stormwater  page.

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Why Rain Barrels?
Learn how you can make a difference.

You can help the environment by collecting the rain-water from your roof and gutters with a rain barrel. By holding back rain-water during a storm, your rain barrels help lessen pollution, flooding, and erosion. With less rain-water running off the land, less pollution will flow into our creeks and rivers (which supply our drinking water). You can feel good knowing that you are making a difference

Collecting and using your rain-water can also save you money on your water and sewer bills. Use the rain-water to water lawns, gardens and landscaping, fill fountains and ponds, and wash cars and other items.


Shown in green (painted)

Shown in blue (unpainted)

Dogwood art barrel

 *Buy a custom-made barrel*

Pond art rain barrel painted by an AJHS student

View colors and pricing at:

http://pureportals.com/Default.aspx?alias=pureportals.com/rainbarrelcolors

Custom artist-painted barrels are available to order, email 

AbingtonEACRainBarrels@gmail.com 

See more art barrel photos on the EAC's

Facebook

Abington.eac 




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Help us green your neighborhood!
Need a service project?
Volunteers needed
The EAC offers community service learning project ideas for volunteers, whether for school service learning requirements, Boy Scout, Girl Scout, mitzvah or other projects. We are looking for volunteers for the projects listed above and also for:
Building rain barrels
Public gardens and green space
Building raised vegetable beds and row covers
Tree plantings and maintenance
Mussel surveys in local streams
In October: Ocean Conservancy "International Coastal Cleanup" (litter cleanups)
In spring: "Great American Cleanup" (litter cleanups)
Hosting tables at public fairs and events (like theAbington Pre-Night Out)
Creating environmental videos
For more information, email eac.abington@gmail.com .

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Help Abington Go Green!

Please help us make Abington greener and healthier for us all.

Everyone is welcome to attend our public meetings

on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:30 pm

at the Abington Township Building

1076 Old York Rd, Abington PA 19001,

in the second floor board room.

Our meetings are listed on the Abington Township calendar at

www.abington.org/calendar/calendar%20year%20page.htm.

Volunteer information is listed below and on the Volunteer page.

You can make a difference.

For more information, please contact us at eac.abington@gmail.com

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Congratulations to ASHS H2O For Life Club,

2014 Montgomery Award recipient 

ASHS H2O For Life Club receiving the award from Commissioner John Spiegelman 

The Abington Senior High School H2O For Life Club students and club sponsor Mary Rodgers, ASHS Service Learning Coordinator, have a mission:  to bring clean water to needy people around the world and to raise awareness of global and local water issues. They...
sponsor water projects in other countries
host an annual "Water Summit" with local leaders
host "Walk for Water"
clean-up streams
hold fantastically fun fundraising events

View the video of the award at the September 11, 2014 Board of Commissioners meeting, beginning at time 9:15 :  

The Montgomery Award is given annually by Abington Township. For more info, visit the Montgomery Award page.

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Thank you to our 2014 project partners
including:

Abington Township, Abington Township Commissioners, Abington Township Parks and Recreation Department, Abington School District, Abington Senior High School Service Learning Program, Abington Junior High School Green Thumbs Club, ASD Elementary Schools, Briar Bush Nature Center, Boy Scouts, Cheltenham Township and EAC, Girl Scouts, Glenside United Church of Christ, Friends of Hallowell Park, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful, Meadowbrook Bird Sanctuary, the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, PennDOT, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Pennypack Watershed and PERT, Redeemer Valley Community Garden, Rydal-Meadowbrook Civic Association, AT Shade Tree Commission, the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, TreeVitalize, Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, Wyncote Audubon Society, and the Youth Aid Panel. Wow! Join us!

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Thank you for helping 
Keep Abington Beautiful!

Thank you for volunteering with us at our Earth Day clean-ups. Together, we cleaned-up and beautified 19 parks and green spaces throughout Abington township.  Our 277 volunteers picked up 2182 pounds of litter and planted 431 trees and flowers.  Cleanups are a great way to bring your community together and make a difference in your neighborhood. It adds up too! We count how much litter we pick up and report to the Great American Cleanup of PA*.  Throughout Pennsylvania last year, 140,000 volunteers picked up over 6 million pounds of trash, and planted over 22,000 trees and flowers.  What a difference!  For event details, click on this Earth Day link.  

Thanks to Commissioner Jimmy DiPlacido and friends for cleaning up 840 pounds of litter from the messiest spot this year, 

Fox Chase Park (Shelmire & Fillmore St). 


Send us suggestions for locations for next year!

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2015.03.23