Public Presentation - Spotted Lanternfly

A New Invasive Bug


Learn about the Spotted Lanternfly that is threatening our local horticulture and what you can do to protect your property and help stop its spread.

Event Flyer here

When: Monday, June 11 from 7:30 to 8:30 PM

Where: Phoenixville Borough Hall

Presenter: Sally Sue Richmond, Penn State Extension Master Gardener

Sponsored by: Phoenixville Tree Advisory Com.

Supported by: Phoenixville Green Team & Phoenixville Area Tree Tender Volunteers


Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) is a new invasive insect found in southeastern PA, the only place in the US where it is known to exist. Native to parts of Asia, it was discovered in Berks County in 2014, and is slowly spreading to other counties.

Spotted lanternfly feed on a wide range of plants including maple, willow, staghorn sumac, birch, grapes, and many others. They pose major threat to PA agriculture, including the grape, tree-fruit, hardwood and nursery industries.


While the Penna Dept. of Agriculture and Penn State Agricultural Extension are actively looking for solutions to help stop the insects’ spread and save agricultural crops from serious damage, concerned citizens are the greatest resource for containing and controlling this potentially devastating pest. Learn about spotted lanternfly, the quarantine, and what you can do to help.

Speaker: Sally Sue Richmond, Master Gardener, Montgomery County


Sally Sue Richmond is a Master Gardener, one of a group of volunteers supporting the outreach mission of Penn State Cooperative Extension. She has been an avid gardener for over 30+ years and ran a small gardening business for 8 years. When not volunteering or working in her own garden, she is a Sr. Lecturer in Information Science at Penn State Great Valley in Malvern, PA.




Dogwood Festival - May 14-19

Visit the Green Team Tent 

Featuring:

-French Creek West - 551 units

-New Civic Center

-Ready for 100% Renewable Energy


See you there!


MONTHLY FORUM

MAY 17th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Molly Maguire's  2nd floor 

Trails, trails and ... more trails

Come out to the forum and see a survey of the community trails in the region, county and municipal including: 

The Circuit  Greater Philadelphia is the proud home of the Circuit Trails, a vast regional network of hundreds of miles of multi-use trails.

Schuylkill River Greenway Trail Schuylkill River Trail (SRT) is a multi-use trail in along the 130 mile length of Schuylkill River There are currently over 60 miles complete in sections, including a 30-plus mile stretch from Philadelphia to Parkerford. 

Chester County  Chester County currently manages 21.8 miles of open regional trails including the Schuylkill River, Chester Valley and Struble Trails. The Devault Feasibility Study puts the Rail Line back to work as a trail.  The Devault Line would cover about 6 miles down to the new Turnpike Slip Ramp on Rt 29, and then connect to the Patriot's Path which is currently in the works. 

Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee (PRPC) . PRPC, East Pikeland and French Creek trails are being planned and built locally. 

Phoenixville Greenway The 30 year old plan to create a ten (10) miles of linear park along the Schuylkill River and French Creek in Phoenixville is over 50% complete. The (SRT) Schuylkill River Trail (SRT), Black Rock Sanctuary, and French Creek Trail. Current projects include the Black Rock Dam Canoe Portage, connecting to the river thru the Canal Trail RR Underpass and extending the French Creek Trail with the Giants Causeway

Presenters

Rachael Griffith, County Trails and Open Space Planner

Rusty Strauss, East Pikeland Supervisor, Open Space 

Mike Churchill Devault - Rail Line Study Committee

Paul Kusko, Phoenixville Greenway Team 


Earth Day French Creek

 Cleanup in Phoenixville


Green Valleys Association invites you to the annual stream banks cleanup. Looks like it will be cool, dry and bright hike.

DATE: SATURDAY APRIL 21ST
TIME: 9 to 11 a.m.
LOCATION: Phoenixville Foundry
2 North Main St., Phoenixville PA

Help keep our stream clean, beautiful, and healthy this Earth Day. All materials provided. Parking available on street or in the Foundry parking lot.

RSVP: cleanup@greenvalleys.org



Film Forum Foam

Wednesday, March 28 7PM

Lundale Farm Presents “Sustainable” 

The Colonial Theatre  227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville

Join your family, friends, and neighbors committed to supporting local food and agriculture for a viewing of "Sustainable" at the Colonial Theatre! Following the film, a panel of farmers and a chef will speak about what sustainable means to them, and how the community can further promote a sustainable, local food system.

...More Info



Monthly Forum

Molly Maguire's
2nd floor 197 Bridge St.
March 15th, 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Come out and see how you can be part of real, local progress towards carbon-free energy required to reverse global warming. As you probably know, the Boro of passed a resolution to transition to renewable energy. That resolution brings the total number of Sierra Club Ready for 100 municipalities to 52, with six counties and one state committed nationwide.
  • Strategies are available to make the commitment a reality.
  • You can shift your own household to clean energy now
  • Learn from inspiring, successful models of the shift to 100% renewable energy in schools, businesses and local communities
Let's get started by having your municipality commit to transition for its facilities and operations to 100% clean and renewable energy, and complete this transition for electricity by 2035 and 100% renewable energy for heat and transportation by 2050.

So far in Chester County ....
Phoenixville - (First in PA!), West Chester, Downingtown have passed resolutions. Kennett Square Boro & Twp, W/E Goshen, W Vincent  Schuylkill, Tredyffryn are considering. 
We need volunteers in E. Pikeland, Charlestown, Schuylkill, W. Vincent and Upper Providence to COMMIT!

We need YOU to show learn how to support the 100% Renewable resolution in your community!







Phoenixville Region Multimodal Plan Public Open House @ CAT Pickering 

Thu, February 15, 2018 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM 


The Chester County Planning Commission is hosting a public open house to allow residents to discover and comment on how the developing Phoenixville Region Multimodal Plan will address transportation issues and opportunities in the Phoenixville area. The plan identifies potential capital improvements and programming initiatives to increase the safety and efficiency of the transportation network regardless of age, ability, or mode of travel.

For more information about the plan, visit: Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transport Plan




Invites you to attend this Documentary Film
December 12, 2017


Take concrete steps to a sustainable future

Tomorrow is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live. 
Schedule 
6:30pm Meet & Greet with Judy Wicks 

and co-founded the

7:00pm Film 
9:00pm Q&A 

WHY THIS FILM ?
 
TODAY, we sometimes feel powerless in front of the various crises of our times.
 
TODAY, we know that answers lie in a wide mobilization of the human race. Over the course of a century, our dream of progress commonly called “the American Dream”, fundamentally changed the way we live and continues to inspire many developing countries. We are now aware of the setbacks and limits of such development policies. We urgently need to focus our efforts on changing our dreams before something irreversible happens to our planet.

TODAY, we need a new direction, objective... A new dream! The documentary Tomorrow sets out to showcase alternative and creative ways of viewing agriculture, economics, energy and education. It offers constructive solutions to act on a local level to make a difference on a global level. So far, no other documentary has gone down such an optimistic road...

TOMORROW is not just a film, it is the beginning of a movement seeking to encourage local communities around the world to change the way they live for the sake of our planet.

Start small to grow big, and write a new story for the generations to come.

Tomorrow is also a book: http://www.chelseagreen.com/tomorrow




Thanks to Everyone that attended  this year's Festival, see you next year!





7th Annual Phoenixville  
Green Earth Festival
On the Schuylkill River Trail under the Gay St. Bridge @ the Phoenixville Farmer’s Market 

The FESTIVAL will host exhibitors that specialize in eco-friendly products and services, renewable, alternative energy, environmental / trails / nature advocacy, artisans, makers and organizations making a difference in the community in other positive ways. Kid’s activities are included. Festival attendees can walk through the Farmer’s Market; enjoy music, delicious food and produce, then head up to the VegFest on Bridge St.

COME OUT AND SEE THE GREEN MAN


GREEN EARTH FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Silver
https://www.greenmountainenergy.com/
Bronze

http://www.communityecostore.com/

EXHIBITORS

Bob Dahms Woodworking 
Candles...By PK 
Chester County Green Party 
Citizens Climate Lobby 
Community Eco Store 
Culture Den 
Diving Cat Studio & Gallery 
Family Solar 
Green Mountain Energy 
GMO Free PA
Inspire Renewable Energy 
Hybrid Cycles 
Jesse Crater “Crative Elements” 
John Kennedy Ford 
Kaiya Naturals 
Open Sky Solar 
Penn Environment 
Phoenixville Tree Advisory Commission 
PAHS Environmental Club 
Seven Stars Farm
 Schuylkill Township EAC-Bird Town 
Shaklee 
Sierra Club
Tesla Solar/Energy
The Energy Coop


FREE SCREENING OF ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTARY

 Colonial Theater Friday 700PM


Coral reefs are the nursery for all life in the oceans, a remarkable ecosystem that sustains us. Yet with carbon emissions warming the seas, a phenomenon called “coral bleaching”—a sign of mass coral death—has been accelerating around the world, and the public has no idea of the scale or implication of the catastrophe silently raging underwater.





http://www.tickencounter.org/





2017 COMMUNITY VALUES SURVEY AND WORKSHOP FOR REGIONAL PLANNING

Kimberton Fire Company – June 22, 2017 – 7:00 PM 

The Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee (PRPC) is updating the Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan to establish policies for environmental protection, open space, housing, economic development, infrastructure, and community resources.  Please take a few minutes to complete our survey at the address below to help define community values and set priorities for the Phoenixville Regional Comprehensive Plan.  


All residents, employers, and property owners of Phoenixville Borough and Charlestown, East Pikeland, Schuylkill, and West Vincent Townships are encouraged to participate in the Survey and Workshop! 

WORKSHOP AGENDA

1. Welcome/Orientation (15 minutes)
View maps and data, informal Q&A, set up Workshop Committee tables.

2. Introductory Presentation (15 minutes)
a. What is the Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee?
b. Purpose of the Regional Comprehensive Plan and the 10-year Update
c. Natural Resources
d. Existing Land Uses
e. Community and Cultural Resources
f. Demographic and Housing Analysis
g. Community Values Survey

3. Work Session – (25 minutes)

Attendees will divide into Workshop Committees to formulate Values and Goals pertaining to Comprehensive Plan Policy Elements.  Committees will use ledger and/or plan notations to record findings and recommendations.

4. Workshop Committee Presentations – (45 minutes)

Spokesperson from each Workshop Committee presents findings and recommendations to entire Workshop audience (5 minutes each).

5. Discussion, Summary, and Next Steps – (20 minutes)

a. Floor discussion on the process, Comprehensive Plan Policy Elements, and the findings of each Workshop Committee.
b. Summary of Workshop discussion by Moderators
c. Comprehensive Plan work schedule and invitation for further public participation. 

6. Adjournment – 9:00 PM





Public Workshop - May 25 5-8 PM Colonial Theater
Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Plan


You are invited to attend this public meeting to have a say in the future of transportation in the Phoenixville area. 

Access to Phoenixville Borough's vibrant downtown from the surrounding areas poses major safety concerns due to missing connections, and it can be nearly impossible to reach destinations outside of the Borough without an automobile.

The Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Plan looks to address these deficiencies by identifying initiatives aimed at improving the safety and efficiency of the transportation network for everyone regardless of age, ability, or mode of travel.

See more and follow here...



Green Team / Chester Cty Sierra Club
at the Dogwood Festival - May 15-20

The Green Team is an exhibitor at the Dogwood Festival - May 15-20  along with the Chester Cty. Sierra Club. We are featuring all the good work in our community that preserves the environment and promotes community building resulting in healthy, sustainable lifestyles and businesses.

Visit our tent to check out our Green Teams: Monthly Forum, Bike Schuylkill, Garden, Green Earth Festival, Greenway, Sustainable Business, and Eco Village.

Connect the French Creek Trail to the 

Schuylkill River Initiative

The Green Team is encouraging Chester County and the Boro to start working on connecting the French Creek Trail to the Schuylkill River thru the RR Canal Underpass, rebuild the Spillway and construct the Black Rock Dam Canoe Portage.

Also see updates on:

Phoenixville Regional Planning Committee Public Workshop and Survey on June 22 at the Kimberton Fire Co, PASD, the Boro, East Pikeland Twp., Schuylkill Twp., Chester County Parks and Rec, Green Valley Association, Schuylkill River Heritage Area and Schuylkill Canal Association.

Chester County Sierra Club 

Ready For 100% Renewable Energy Campaign encouraging our cities and towns to make a pledge to complete the transition to 100% renewable energy

Mayors for 100% Clean Energy calls for mayors across the United States—from rural towns to bustling urban centers—to support a vision of 100 percent clean, renewable energy



"PARK ON TOP" OF PARKING GARAGE 

How the PHOENIXVILLE PARKING STUDY could result in a new "PARK ON TOP "


A Parking Study of the Downtown Phoenixville Area is underway and the Borough wants to hear from you! The Green Team is advocating that if a parking garage is going to be built, it is a sustainable design including a  "PARK ON TOP" . Let's think big and build a beautiful place to enjoy the view of our town.

Help the Green Team advocate for a sustainable town by making sure we have more neighborhood bike trails connected to quality downtown public spaces.

You have two opportunities to comment:

PHOENIXVILLE PARKING STUDY

1. PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE

May 3, 2017 TIME: 6:00-7:00 p.m. (Open House Format) 351 Bridge Street, 2nd Floor Phoenixville, PA 19460

A comprehensive parking study is being completed within the heart of Phoenixville Borough. The Boro is seeking your input regarding possible parking improvements. Meet and speak with members of the study team and provide your feedback on the state of parking within the Borough.


2. ON-LINE SURVEY

Visit the Borough website to participate in the online parking survey, especially if you are unable to attend the public open house meeting. The online survey will close May 7th. Add you want a PARK ON TOP OF THE PARKING GARAGE in the comment section.

 

"PARK ON TOP"

DESIGN VISION

  • GREEN PUBLIC PARK ON THE TOP LEVEL
  • SPACE DESIGNED AS PERFORMANCE/ EVENT VENUE TO GENERATE REVENUE FOR BORO
  • SOLAR CANOPIES PROVIDING SHADE, PROTECTION FROM RAIN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY
  • GREEN WALLS TO PROVIDE BEAUTY, HABITAT, AND STORM WATER MANAGEMENT
  • BIKE PARKING AND RENTAL.

 


Phoenixville Green Earth Festival

"LIVING GREEN"

Good for you, Great for the Planet!

Saturday, Sept. 17th, 2016  9am-1pm

 On the Schuylkill River Trail under the Gay St. Bridge At the Phoenixville Farmer's Market


Living Green is the theme for this educational and fun event featuring eco-conscious exhibits and vendors, earth-friendly activities, the Eco-Quiz Giveaway and live demos, entertainment, local food, free Bike Rental and children's activities. 

 Updates on new development, the Phoenixville Greenway, Trails and Open Space.

 It's a celebration of eco-friendly products and services, sustainable energy and transportation, local environmental advocacy and non-profits - all good for you and great for the planet!

The Festival expands the Phoenixville Farmers' Market, a producer/grower market committed to providing locally grown, fresh food; to preserve our agricultural and community heritage.


Interested in being part of the Festival?

Display, Promote and Sell your Green, Sustainable, Socially Responsible Products and Services!

Download the Exhibitor Registration here

Download the Sponsor Registration here


FORUM: Lease, Buy or DIY. Solar PV for your Home

Understanding your Options!

July Forum - 
Wednesday, June 15th, 7pm to 8:30pm
3rd Floor Molly Maguire's 
197 Bridge St
                                         

The lease or purchase of a solar PV electric system for your home is an investment in your time and money. You have 3 options, Lease, Buy or DIY. This presentation shows what happened when one homeowner considered all three options.
SolarCity will present the lease option, offering a no-money-down option to have renewable energy on your roof that matches or beats the utility rate your paying. Open Sky Energy, a local solar installation company will present the opportunities and issues of purchasing and owning PV.
Finally, why not Do-It-Yourself? Phoenixville based Community Eco Center will discuss the resources being developed to help you git-r-done, with some Smarts and Parts assistance.


Phoenixville Greenway System - 1986-2016

The Greenway Team presented to the Phoenixville Planning Commission The History and Future of The Phoenixville Greenway 1986-2016. The presentation initiated a new advocacy effort for more Trails, Quality Open Space and Sustainable Transportation Infrastructure in the community.

The 10 mile Phoenixville Greenway System was started in 1986 to create a Riparian Buffer, Nature Corridor, Recreation, and Quality Open Space long the French Creek and Schuylkill River.

The presentation provides a score card for each property Quality Open Space and Trail access in the Borough.  Download a copy here.

The presentation outlined the following top 4 current projects

1. Trail connection thru Canal RR Underpass to the River

2. Black Rock Dam Portage

3. Devault Trail Phase 1 in Phoenixville

4. Quality Open Space along the SRT and in the Boro

Add your voice to making sure trails, quality open space and transportation infrastructure are part of the redevelopment of the remaining steel company properties by joining and support the Greenway Team 



GT Calendar





Phoenixville Green Team

We are local volunteers advocating the vision of a greener community that preserves the environment and promotes healthy, sustainable lifestyles and businesses. More info...

500+units - Final piece of steel site redevelopment
West of Main Street to French Creek

Planning Commission 

June 14, 2018  700PM

Come out and see the plan that will change Phoenixville traffic  Trail and Open Space forever!

No Roadway Connection to High Street
No commitment to Bike Lane at Parrish Street Bridge
No Public Open Space
Added Trail Crossing over French Creek !

Public Parking at Gay Street Bridge


Green Team Proposal to Design New Public Parking as a possible public Venue Space


New Park Proposal - The Bridges
Green Team Proposal for Open Space and Public Park between High St. / Gay St. and new French Creek parkway and Vanderslice St.







Eco Village Team Meeting
April 22nd, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460 

Trails, trails and ... more trails

Encore Presentation of the Monthly Forum


Come to the Eco Village Discussion Group & Potluck hear several talented and knowledgeable folks from our area who have experience with trails - what they are, their history in the region, where they are now, what trails are planned, how trails get built, and, finally, what Altair EcoVillage can contribute to the trails in and around Kimberton Village.

We hope to bring our members, prospective members, and the greater community up to speed on what is a vital and complex topic - part of the current sustainability plans contemplated at the Township, Regional, and County levels.
We will start the program at 3:30 pm.  Please RSVP if you would like to see our site – we are offering a tour around 3:00 pm. Bring a potluck dish or beverage to share for a dinner around 5:15 or 5:30 pm.  Park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads and walk up the hill six houses across the street.
 
Contact Joel Bartlett at 610-220-6172 or altairecovillage@gmail.com.




Saving Money by Sharing Resources!

Sunday, November 19, 2017 
3:30pm 6:00pm 
ALTAIR DISCUSSION GROUP AND POTLUCK

Let's talk about how it will be to live together and how we can conserve, share, and, in turn, live for less! We'd like to have a round robin discussion with everyone participating. We'll write down your ideas and distribute them to everyone thinking about joining our community. We'll start around 3:30 and go until 5:00 (unless things are still "hot!"), with our usual fabulous potluck around 5 or 5:30 pm.

If you haven't already seen the site, let us know and come earlier for a site tour. Come meet our members and some of our professionals. Bring a favorite dish or beverage to share!

Place: 2237 Kimberton Road, Phoenixville

Park: Kimberton Arts Building, Kimberton and Prizer Roads; then walk up the hill four houses across the street.  RSVP: Joel at 610-220-6172 or altairecovillage@gmail.com



Eco Village Team
SEE THE VIDEOS OF OUR LATEST EVENT:


Grid Planning for Ecovillages
October 22, 330-5PM

John "Skip" Trimble has over 30 year's executive experience in power markets. His main focus is on markets (supply, capacity, energy efficiency, demand response, and Renewable Energy Certificates), modeling, Peak Load Contribution forecasting, and innovative options (Solar RECs, capacity, etc.).

Skip's experience base includes: systems development, wholesale markets, regulatory testimony, retail markets, capacity and energy markets, credit markets, risk management, generatio
n optimization, as well as the advanced use of technology.

Dennis Rowan is VP of Marketing for VSG Energy Network. VSG Energy integrates electric vehicles and solar energy to optimize Distributed Energy Resources and maximize savings for customers. VSG Energy's work is supported by the Na
tional Science Foundation and the PA. Dept of Environmental Protection. Under a DEP grant, VSG Energy is integrating Electric Vehicles with the grid in a managed charging network.



Boro Going Solar!!!

Phoenixville Becomes First Pennsylvania Town To Commit To 100% Clean Energy!

The Boro Council voted unanimously on September 12 to make Phoenixville the First Pennsylvania Town To Commit To 100% Clean Energy.

Thanks for the advocates who came out ! See pics

Congrats to the Boro Council, David Lutzker, The Way Forward, Time Bank and the Chester County Sierra Club.

Ready For 100%Renewable Energy

The goal of the Ready For 100% Renewable Energy Campaign is to encourage Pennsylvania’s cities and towns to make a pledge to complete the transition to 100% renewable energy. The Council unanimously supported the Resolution 

 New Street Building Solar PV System

The Council unanimously supported the installation of a 47 kW array on the new Streets Building on 2nd Ave.




pxvgreenteam@gmail.com


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