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Borough Council Meeting

posted Nov 6, 2017, 8:11 AM by Phoenixville Green Team   [ updated Nov 6, 2017, 8:14 AM ]

November 14, 7 pm _Agenda

 Mr. Ewald, Mr. Dalton, Mr. Kovaleski

Staff: Mr. Krack, and Mr. Watson

Infrastructure Committee

posted Nov 6, 2017, 8:06 AM by Phoenixville Green Team

November 21, 6-7 pm _Agenda

Committee: Chairman, Mr. Ewald, Mr. Dalton and Mr. Kovaleski

Staff: Mr. Krack, and Mr. Watson

Altair EcoVillage Discussion Group

posted Jun 11, 2017, 5:42 AM by Joel Bartlett   [ updated Oct 15, 2017, 11:42 AM ]

Grid Planning for Ecovillages

Join us to talk to energy managers, who will tell us about "the grid," and how Altair EcoVillage can take advantage of our numbers, earn incentives, and direct our other professionals to a more energy-efficient community!  

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), modelling, 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, generation 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 National 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.                                         

Together, we will look at minimizing the costs and Optimizing the value of Ecovillage energy efficiency and Distributed Energy Resources (DER)

We will follow our 3:30 pm Discussion Group with a potluck at 5:30 pm.  Come to 2237 Kimberton Road, Kimberton - gateway to the site, but park at the Kimberton Arts Building at Kimberton and Prizer Roads.  Bring a dish or drink to share, and bring your questions and comments about our project.  RSVP to Joel at 610-220-6172 or altairecovillage@gmail.com.

Superfund Bishop Tube Residential Development Proposal

posted Jun 4, 2017, 9:43 AM by Phoenixville Green Team

The Bishop Tube Site is a former metals processing plant located in East Whiteland Township, PA.  The site is bordered by Little Valley Creek, a tributary to the exceptional value Valley Creek.   Portions of the site are wooded.  As a result of the historic uses at the site it has been designated as a Brownfields site. 

Groundwater, soil and surface water at the Site are contaminated with TCE, which is classified as a probable human carcinogen by the EPA, and related products.  TCE is chlorinated solvent and one of the problematic volatile organic compounds (VOCs) identified at the site, first in 1987.  Chlorinated solvents are dense non-aqueous phase liquids, or DNAPLs.  They are denser than water and have a low solubility.  However, they are sufficiently soluble to cause a problem in both ground and surface water.  The EPA maximum contaminant level (MCL) for TCE is 0.005 mg/l, with a zero desirable concentration (https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/table-regulated-drinking-water-contaminants#Organic, visited 2/18/17).  EPA lists it as a discharge from metal degreasing sites or other factories and that it causes liver problems and an increased risk of cancer (Id.).  Related compounds could include 1,1,1-trichloroethane and 1,1,2-trichloroethane (Id.).

large_thumb_IMG_0435_1024.jpgBishop Tube Buildings
in Background

Constitution Drive Partners, the current owner, is proposing a residential development at the site.   They want a $1 million grant of state funds to undertake a partial remediation of the site so they can cut the trees, alter the landscape and build over 200 residential townhomes.  Saturated soils and groundwater, including discharges to neighboring Little Valley Creek, would remain with plans for full remediation unknown.  

The Delaware Riverkeeper Network opposes the project.  We are joining the community in calling for full remediation of the site, at the expense of the known responsible parties, the natural woods, wetlands and creek protected, and the property turned over to the community as preserved natural open space. 

large_BT Next Door Village.JPGNeighboring General Warren 
Village Already Impacted
Deserves Clean Open Space

Additional Information:
The 13.7 acre Bishop Tube site (located in Chester County, PA, on the east side of Malin Road, south of US Route 30) has been abused by industry for over 50 years. The site, formerly used to process precious metals and fabricate tubing and pipeline products, is heavily contaminated with chlorinated solvents, acids and heavy metals. This contamination has impacted neighboring communities and the environment.

Rather than continue the abuse, and destroy all the natural beauty of the site for a massive, oversized, development, the large_Little Valley Creek BT site 7 bldg in back.JPGcommunity wants the site contamination fully cleaned up by responsible parties and the site protected as natural open space.  Protection will benefit all who live around the site in Frazer, Malvern and East Whiteland, and will benefit all who appreciate, enjoy, and live along Little Valley Creek, tributary to Valley Creek, the stream directly in jeopardy from the proposal.

Contaminants currently at the site include TCE, nitric and hydrofluoric acids; various oils; and other hazardous materials not properly handled or disposed of.  Industrial operations began in 1951.  The plant closed in 1999.

large_Little Valley Creek BT site 6.JPGExceptional Value Stream
& Wetlands

While the site is dangerously contaminated, there is also beautiful nature worthy of saving.  Woodlands, wetlands and Little Valley Creek, part of the exceptional value Valley Creek watershed, grace the location as well.

The proposed development, including approximately 200 new homes, would cut trees, damage the creek and wetlands, and only partially address contamination at the site.  Saturated soils and groundwater would remain highly contaminated. Contamination would continue to affect the surrounding environment and community, including ongoing discharges of contaminated groundwater to Little Valley Creek.  It is unknown if full remediation would take place under this current plan.

Phoenixville Region Multimodal Transportation Plan

posted May 22, 2017, 3:44 PM by Phoenixville Green Team

Public Workshop - May 25 5-8 PM Colonial Theater

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...

Dogwood Festival Week - May 15-20

posted May 15, 2017, 8:17 AM by Phoenixville Green Team   [ updated May 15, 2017, 8:20 AM ]

Come down to Reeves Park during the Dogwood Festival Week to enjoy local foods and classic Festival eats!  See whats playing

EnviRUNment-Fun Run

posted Oct 12, 2016, 5:17 AM by Mark Connolly   [ updated Oct 12, 2016, 5:19 AM by Phoenixville Green Team ]

Join Phoenixville Area High School’s Clean Up Club
 for a Fun Run/Walk to encourage recycling!
Trail is approximately 2 miles Round Trip

Where:  French Creek Trail - meet at base of Rapps Covered Bridge.  Run is from Rapps Bridge to Silver Bridge and back.
When:  Sunday, October 23.  Run starts at 12 pm; please arrive by 11:30 pm to sign in!
To Register:  Email CleanUpPhx@gmail.com with your name and number of participants.  The cost is $5 per person, for the Fun Run/Walk.  We’ll even have games for kids!  Family fun event
All ages welcome, under 12 please be accompanied by an adult
Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the registration table before the Run/Walk begins.
Proceeds will benefit Phoenixville Area High School’s Clean Up Club to help purchase a water bottle filling station, which will reduce the use of plastic bottles!

Questions? Contact Amanda Monachelli or Max Seaman at CleanUpPhx@gmail.com

March for a Clean Energy Revolution

posted Jul 22, 2016, 12:53 PM by Mark Connolly   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 9:41 AM by Phoenixville Green Team ]

Sunday, July 24 – Philadelphia City Hall – 12 pm
The March is on the eve of the Democratic National Convention, but the timing is significant for other reasons as well.
  • Climate Central recently identified five Pennsylvania cities among the top 50 nationwide for more dangerously hot and humid days as climate change barrels on.
  • A peer-reviewed study released on Monday found that people with asthma are at a higher risk of asthma attacks if they live near fracking activity in Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania is in the middle of a fracked gas pipeline build-out, with tens of thousands of miles of new pipelines proposed for Pennsylvania over the next 20 years.
  • The fracked gas and petrochemical industry wants to turn Philadelphia into a fossil fuel "energy hub," bringing more pipelines and polluting infrastructure into the region.
  • Despite years of efforts, Pennsylvania's proposed oil and gas regulations are being systematically obstructed and dismantled by the Pennsylvania Legislature.

On July 24th, we'll gather at 12 p.m. at Philadelphia's City Hallfor an interfaith service and to line up for the March.

To learn more about the issues represented at the March and how you can take action, attend the Summit for a Clean Energy Revolution the evening before the March.

Sign up for a bus to Philadelphia or get more information about the March, including marching contingents and the March route, here:http://www.cleanenergymarch.org/

140 years ago in Philadelphia, America's new government called for an end to British rule. On July 24th, we will show the United States and the DNC that the time is now for drastic action. Join us as we march for a Clean Energy Revolution!

Thank you for your time and support,


Schuylkill River Town - Phoenixville Ethnobotany Tour

posted Jul 8, 2016, 1:49 PM by Phoenixville Green Team   [ updated Jul 8, 2016, 1:49 PM ]

Ethnobotany is the relationship between plants and people: how we use plants for food, clothing, medicine, dye, construction, and a lot more. Join Schuylkill River Towns and Dave Williams from the Schuylkill Canal Association for a guided tour of the plantlife found along the Schuylkill River Trail and paths around the former Phoenix Iron Works - we'll identify plantlife and learn about how they might have been used, historically, and what our practical relationship is with them today. This is an easy walk on trails and dirt paths, but it is the middle of July - so bring a water bottle, a hat, or anything else that you think you might need to be out in the sun for a few hours. Meet us underneath of the Gay Street Bridge (where the Phoenixville Farmer's Market is held) adjacent to the Mill Street Parking Lot. Children 8 and up are welcome with adult supervision. 

Space is limited and pre-registration is required: $5/person. Light refreshments will be provided.

Please email peter@eastwicksolutions.com with any questions. 

Schuylkill River Town - Kayaking in Mont Clare

posted Jul 8, 2016, 1:45 PM by Phoenixville Green Team   [ updated Jul 8, 2016, 1:55 PM ]

Join us in Mont Clare for a paddling event lead by a guide from Take It Outdoors Adventures. Gear, boats, and instruction is provided. Preregistration is required.

Bring your own Boat - $10

Boats and Gear - $10

Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM (EDT) Add to Calendar
Lock 60 Recreation Area - 400 Towpath Road, Mont Clare, PA 19453 - View Map

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