Posts Tagged ‘environment’

Ambler TREEmendous Party

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015


Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM

An evening of buffet, brews and boogie to benefit open space in Ambler

Bring your favorite people with you to enjoy a fun-filled evening at the brand new Borough Hall in Ambler (at the corner of Rosemary and Poplar.) Try your chances in a Silent Auction of many baskets and coupons generously donated by area businesses, and a 50/50 raffle, while enjoying live music & dancing, a buffet and beers!

Ticket price includes buffet & two drink tickets. Additional beer tickets can be purchased for a small fee.

All proceeds will underwrite the purchase and preservation of Edgewood Preserve: a small woodlands along an environmentally sensitive bank of the Rose Valley Creek on Edgewood Drive.

Ambler Borough Hall Auditorium
131 Rosemary Ave, Ambler, PA 19002

Tickets: $25

Parking available off Poplar Street

Ambler Watershed Stewards

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Join the Ambler Environmental Advisory Council and Penn State Extension’s Master Watershed Stewards for a two-day community effort, SATURDAYS, JULY 11 & 18 from 9-1 pm, to restore the Ambler Borough Park to its former beauty.

In order to protect the Rose Valley Creek riparian buffer completed by the Ambler EAC in 2011, we will be learning how to remove invasive plants such as Japanese Knotweed and Garlic Mustard. These invaders among others have taken over several areas of the park and are outsompeting their native counterparts.

One major reason for maintaining the riparian buffer is to prevent against erosion of Rose Valley Creek, which runs through Ambler Borough Park and eventually flows into the Wissahickon Creek. Once the Wissahickon Creek empties into the Sckuylkill River, it then becomes a significant source of drinking water for the City of Philadelphia.

There will be a 15 min orientation beginning around 9:30 am on the importance of riparian buffers and the reasons behind removing invasive plants. We encourage you to arrive promptly at 9 am to benefit from the introduction, but we will have informational handouts for those that arrive later.

We advise that you wear long pants and sturdy shoes (i.e. hiking boots, rainboots) in order to avoid poison ivy, stinging nettles, mutlifora rose, etc.

Tools, snacks and water will be provided.

Ambler Rain Gardens Tour

Monday, May 4th, 2015

June 7th, 2015 – 2:00 to 4:00PM.

The Ambler Borough Rain Gardens Campaign will present a free 2-hour tour highlighting seven rain gardens. Rain or Shine! Sponsored by Ambler EAC and the Borough of Ambler.

Ambler Earth Fest

Friday, January 30th, 2015

The Ambler Environmental Advisory Council will hold an Earth Fest on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 on the property of Calvary United Methodist Church, located on Lindenwold and Park Avenues, in Ambler Borough. Organizations whose focus is on environmental issues will display exhibits, tables and interactive educational displays and speakers will give presentations about environmental issues.  Activities for children will be offered. Volunteers are needed to assist in making the event a success.

In addition to exhibitors, vendors are invited to sell their products. Vendors will pay a small fee to participate. Fees will be used to compensate speakers and offset the cost of advertising.

This event is mainly geared to teens and adults with some activities for children and will be free and open to the public.

The Earth Fest will be held, rain or shine. Many of the exhibits will be located indoors in a large multi-purpose room and other rooms. Exhibitors and vendors have the option of having their displays outside.  Lectures and presentations will be held in the church’s main sanctuary or in small meeting rooms The main sanctuary contains audio-visual equipment including a projector and large screen.  All of the areas that will be used for the Earth Fest are wheel chair accessible.

North Penn Wins

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

HARRISBURG — Governor Tom Corbett today announced that 23 organizations involved in 19 environmental projects from across the state will receive the 2014 Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

“The recipients of this year’s award represent a few of the many dedicated Pennsylvanians who have committed their businesses, schools and other organizations to be good stewards of the environment,” Corbett said. “Their efforts are key to ensure that Pennsylvania’s air, land and water are clean for generations to come.”

Any Pennsylvania business, school, government agency, trade organization, non-profit organization or agribusiness that has completed projects to promote environmental stewardship and economic development was eligible to apply for the award. The winners were selected by the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

“Each year, it’s inspiring to learn about the innovative, environmentally friendly projects from across the state,” DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “This year’s award recipients are protecting Pennsylvania’s environment with creativity and ingenuity.”

Montgomery County
• North Penn Public School District created an Energy Management Program that combines operational changes, behavioral changes, demand response, energy efficiency savings and community engagement. The district has saved on energy expenses and created a program that educates and engages students and staff in energy conservation and efficiency.

Bike To Work Week

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Pennsylvania will join states across the nation in recognizing May 2013 as National Bike Month, as well as May 13 to 17 as Bike to Work Week, and May 17 as Bike to Work Day.

“The increasing popularity of bicycle riding illustrates how important cycling is in a multi-modal transportation system,” PennDOT Secretary Barry J. Schoch said. “We encourage people to learn how to safely travel or commute by bicycle, which helps promote healthy lifestyles, increases tourism and reduces congestion on our highways.”

To commemorate Bike to Work Day, executive staff from DCNR, DEP and PennDOT will be accompanied by local cycling experts on Friday, May 17, during a five-mile community bicycle ride through Harrisburg.

Beginning at 9 a.m., the ride will start from PennDOT’s Riverfront Office Center, travel through parts of Harrisburg, City Island and the Capitol Complex; and end at the Rachel Carson State Office Building at 400 Market St., where the Spoke ’n Gear Bike Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public. Bicycling commuters in the Harrisburg area and those interested in learning more about bicycle commuting are especially encouraged to participate.

Sen. Pat Vance (R-Cumberland) will kick off the expo, which will feature exhibitors and presenters addressing various bicycle commuting options and resources. Demonstrations, clinics and workshops will be offered throughout the day.

Attendees will be able to learn about the Recycle Bicycle program, including planning a bicycle community, bicycle trails, safe routes to school, Pennsylvania bicycle trips, and examples of bicycle gear and fashion.

During the expo, Capital Area Transit plans to offer a tutorial about using the bike racks on buses as well as proper bike maintenance. The Air Quality Partnership of the Susquehanna Valley will give local businesses the opportunity to apply to become a bicycle-friendly workplace.

“Not only is biking a great recreational activity, but it also benefits the environment,” Acting DEP Secretary Chris Abruzzo said. “Using a bike for short errands or commuting to work is a great way for citizens to contribute to the reduction of carbon emissions and improved air quality.”

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that the share of Americans commuting by bike has grown by 47 percent since 2000. Bicycle-friendly communities, such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, have more than doubled their bike commuter share in that time.

“According to surveys we did for our most recent statewide outdoor recreation plan, bike lanes and paths top the list of the facilities citizens would most like to see improved or increased,” DCNR Secretary Richard J. Allan said.

“We know that bicycling is a popular outdoor activity, but we are seeing more communities requesting grants and technical assistance from DCNR on how to connect trails and complete networks of trails for transportation purposes. Our goal is to help them make that happen.”

On May 15, DCNR will host a brown-bag lunch program to discuss cycling in the city of Harrisburg. The Capital Area Greenbelt Association plans to share information about the greenbelt and the opportunities it provides for bicycling in a highly developed urban area. The program will be from noon to 1 p.m. in the Rachel Carson State Office Building’s sixth floor conference room. The public is encouraged to attend.

The League of American Bicyclists started National Bike Month in 1956. Since then, it has grown to include National Bike to Work Week and Day.

For more information about Bike to Work Day, visit or email

Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste Collection Sites

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

The second of six recycling dates for the collection of electronic equipment sponsored by Montgomery County will take place this Saturday, May 11, in Green Lane between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. It is important to note that household hazardous waste will not be collected at electronic recycling events.
“Our first electronics collection event in Harleysville last month was extremely well attended, and we look forward to another successful day on Saturday,” said Josh Shapiro, chairman of the Montgomery County Commissioners.
The collection this Saturday will take place in the tennis court parking lot at 2298 Green Lane Road in Green Lane. The remainder of the electronics recycling events is:
Montgomery County Community College – Electronics
Saturday, June 29, 2013
Enter near 473 Cathcart Rd.
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Springfield Township High School – Electronics
Sunday, August 18, 2013
1801 E. Paper Mill Rd.
Erdenheim, PA 19038
Lower Pottsgrove Elementary School – Electronics
Saturday, September 14, 2013
1329 Buchert Rd.
Pottstown, PA 19464
Upper Merion Middle School – Electronics
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Enter near 435 Crossfield Rd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406
The following is the remaining schedule for the household hazardous waste collection program:
Temple-Ambler Campus
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Enter near 1431 E. Butler Ave.
Ambler, PA 19002
Upper Perkiomen High School
Saturday, July 13, 2013
2 Walt Road
Pennsburg, PA 18073
Abington Junior High School
Sunday, August 11, 2013
Enter via Tyler Rd.
970 Highland Ave.
Abington, PA 19001
Pottsgrove Senior High School
Saturday, September 7, 2013
1345 Kauffman Rd,
Pottstown, PA 19464
Lower Merion Transfer Station
Sunday, October 20, 2013
1300 N. Woodbine Ave.
Penn Valley, PA 19072
All events will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The following items are not acceptable at either the electronics or the household hazardous waste collection sites:
• Latex Paint – NOT Hazardous (Throw in trash after it is dried out completely.)
• Alkaline Batteries – NOT Hazardous (Throw in trash if made after 1996.)
• Large Appliances/White Goods – Contact your township or trash/ recycling hauler to schedule a pick up or call Montgomery County Recycling Hotline at (610) 278-3618.
• Explosives & Ammunition – Contact your local police department or the Montgomery County Bomb Squad at (610) 278-3331.
• Infectious or Medical Waste
• Radioactive Waste
• Asbestos
• Air Conditioners, De/Humidifiers, Refrigerators – Contact your township or trash/recycling hauler to schedule a pick up or call (610) 278-3618 for more information. For working refrigerators contact PECO at 1-888-5-PECO-SAVE.
• Smoke Detectors – Send back to the manufacturer. Check the back of the item for more information OR throw in trash.

Earth Day Cleanup

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Saturday, April 27th, 9:00am – 1:00pm

Glen Foerd is partnering with the Friends of Poquessing Watershed, PA Environmental Council and Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to clean up a small section of the Poquessing Creek bank on the estate property. Help us cleanup trash and remove non-native invasive plants so our visitors will have a better view of the Poquessing’s tidal wetlands.

We encourage participants to bring their own tool such as clippers, shovels, spades, and pitchforks (label with your name). Wear a long sleeved shirt, long pants, hat, sturdy shoes, work gloves and bring a water bottle. We will supply gloves and trash bags

Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to improve the environment. Call the office if you plan to join us, we need to know how many volunteers to expect. Bring a friend! Refreshments and clean up supplies will be provided.

For more information you can call the business office at Glen Foerd

215 632 5330.

Sustainability Film Series

Monday, January 28th, 2013

Ambler Theater Film Series
Tuesday February 12, 2013
Tuesday March 12, 2013
Tuesday April 9, 2013

Join neighbors, friends and community supporters for 3 evenings of film, conversation and insightful panel discussion.


Sustainability Film Series at Ambler Theater

Sustainability Film Series at Ambler Theater

Montgomery County Community College Opens ‘Green’ Lot for Energy Efficient Vehicles

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

WHITPAIN TOWNSHIP, PA — This fall, Montgomery County Community College will open a brand new parking lot at its Central Campus designated, exclusively, for students, faculty and staff who carpool or who drive energy-efficient vehicles. Electric and hybrid vehicles are included in this class, along with conventional vehicles that have earned an EPA rating of 27 combined city and highway MPG or higher.

Drivers can apply for a permit to the 185-space parking lot, which is adjacent to the Advanced Technology Center, through the College’s online portal. Accepted applicants will receive an access card and parking decal. The lot will be open for general access parking on weekends.

The new parking lot is the first at MCCC to include charging stations for electric vehicles. Ten efficient GE Durastation charging stations at five pedestals will enable drivers to charge their electric vehicles in only four hours, half the time as a typical charge cycle of eight hours.

In addition to the charging stations, the lot includes a variety of additional “green” features, including:

• LED Lighting — The lot is lighted for maximum safety by energy-saving LED lamps. LED lighting consumes less energy, lasts longer and operates cooler than other lighting applications.

• Subsurface Infiltration System — The effects of runoff will be reduced as rainwater flows into the system, which assists in groundwater recharge and prevents downstream erosion.

• Rain Gardens — A “natural bowl” also helps alleviate the effects of erosion by collecting excess rainwater from both the Advanced Technology Center parking lot and the roof of Parkhouse Hall.

• Vegetated Swales with Check Dams — Compared to piping, these increase cost-effectiveness and slow the rate of runoff conveyance. They also provide aesthetic enhancement to the areas between parking spaces.

The green lot was developed in coordination with MCCC’s Climate Commitment Advisory Council, which works to reduce the College’s carbon footprint and promote sustainability education. To learn more about MCCC’s Sustainability Initiative, visit