upcoming local events re: climate action

January 13, 2019 list of upcoming local events re: climate action, culled from these area groups: 

Zero Waste America, Cheltenham EAC, Ready for 100 in MontcoPA, 5th Square, Philly chapter of PA Interfaith Power & Light, Phila Water Dept, PA Horticultural Society, Greater Philadelphia Association of Energy Engineers, Villanova University Sustainability Committee, Planet Philadelphia, Moorestown Library, Sustainable South Jersey and Save the Environment of Moorestown, PA state rep Greg Vitale, House Democratic Policy Committee, The Center for Sustainable Communities, Temple University


Mon Jan 14 @ 6:30 – 8pm / Going Zero Waste

Fumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street (Porter & Broad St.) Philadelphia, PA

With all our trash, and half our recycling ending up getting incinerated, it’s time for each of us to aim for zero-waste. 

Lynn Landes, publisher of ZeroWasteAmerica.org, will talk about how we can all live a more “zero waste” lifestyle. Lynn promotes the cloth handkerchief, has a “just take it off” make-up mantra, uses Ground Ivy (a common mint) to clean her floors and repel rodents, washes her dishes with buckwheat flour (a mild abrasive), and forages for many wild edible plants. She will share these and many more of her unique methods of zeroing out her waste stream. Lynn Landes is a Philadelphia-based writer, researcher, reporter, and activist in the fields of the environment, health, and politics.

Mon Jan 14 @ 7:30 / Cheltenham EAC meeting – guest GreenSpot EV charging co

Cheltenham Township Admin Building, 8230 Old York Rd, Elkins Park, PA

At their next EAC meeting, all welcome at 7:45 for the presentation by Green Spot Smart Mobility, an EV charging infrastructure company. 

Organizers: Cheltenham EAC, Ready for 100 in MontcoPA 


Tue Jan 15 @ 10a / Phila Gas Commission – public mtg

18th Floor, 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA

Tue Jan 15 @ 1:15 – 2:15 / webinar – A conversation with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby’s Mark Reynolds

Join Ed Saltzberg, Managing Director of the Security and Sustainability Forum (SSF) in a one-hour conversation with Citizen Climate Lobby’s (CCL) Executive Director, Mark Reynolds. CCL is a non-profit, nonpartisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change.

SSF and CCL are aligned in our view of the importance of local action and bipartisan political activism to move governmental bodies toward rational climate mitigation policy and the incorporation of resilience planning into decision making.

Tue Jan 15 @ 6 – 7:30 / 5TH Square Transit Committee – SEPTA Bus Network Redesign Update

WeWork, 19th floor, 1601 Market St, Philadelphia, PA

At 5th Square’s January Transit Committee meeting, we’re pleased to welcome SEPTA’s Jennifer Dougherty, who will be providing us with an update on the status of SEPTA’s Bus Network Redesign project. You don’t want to miss this!

Organizers: 5th Square 

Discussions here: https://www.facebook.com/events/339541770200248/

Tue Jan 15 @ 7:30p / Can We Talk? Communicating with Friends, Family, Neighbors, Fellow  Congregants, Coworkers about Climate Change

Summit Presbyterian Church, 6757 Greene St, Philadelphia, PA

According to Earthjustice, most Americans say that they care about the environment, yet a growing number believe that the situation is hopeless. And even those who think that something can be done don’t engage nearly as much in environmental advocacy as one might expect. 

This disconnect between ecological concern and action must be addressed, given the broad public support needed to tackle increasingly complex ecological challenges, including climate change.

We’ll take a look at the Ecological Roadmap, a national segmentation study of the American public that organizes people according to how they rank more than 130 social values which help shape the public’s understanding of, and engagement in, environmental issues. 

After some conversation, we’ll have a chance to try out some conversations/role plays with people who we’d love to talk with, but who see the world from some very different perspectives.

All welcome! RSPVs appreciated but not required, cpyrch@summitpres.net 

Agenda / 6:45 – tea/snacks / 7 – business meeting / 7:30 – above program

Organizers: Philly chapter of PA Interfaith Power & Light 


Wed Jan 16 @ 12 – 1 / learn about stormwater management for the house

PHS, 100 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA

Concerned about flash floods? With the climate crisis in full swing, we’ll be seeing much more of this.

Join us for this quick, free workshop about rain barrel and discounted downspout planter gardens. After this workshop, you can signup to get planters and gardens installed, and more! How Rain Check works: 

  • As our Rain Check partners, PHS hosts workshops across the city every month.
  • Firms certified by the Sustainable Business Network install planters, rain gardens, and other green stormwater landscaping as part of PWD’s efforts to combat polluted runoff that impacts waterways and creates sewer overflows. 
  • Homeowners who invest in projects like de-paving concrete pads can get up to $2,000 through Rain Check cost-sharing. 
  • When you register, you can also explore some of the options and see what will be a good fit for your property. 
  • Those who rent can still get green tools with permission from the property owner.

Organizers: Phila Water Dept, PA Horticultural Society

Register here or at pwdraincheck.org


Thu Jan 17 @ 8:30 – 10:30a / Energy Updates in Philadelphia for 2019 

Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St, Philadelphia, PA

Please join us for an overview on current energy measures, conservations and various projects in Philadelphia. Continental breakfast will be provided. Our speakers will be

  • Adam Agalloco, Energy Manager: City of Philadelphia
  • Katie Bartolotta, Project & Program Manager: Green Building United 
  • Emily Schapira, Board Member & Executive Director: Philadelphia Energy Authority 
  • Stephen Zook, Procurement Manager & Strategy Analyst: Philadelphia School District
  • PECO Rebate Programs Representative Jen Robinson will also join us to provide an update on rebate programs. 

8:30am Registration, networking, and continental breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am Speakers Presentations

Cost: $35.00 Member * $45.00 Guest * $5.00 Student/Unemployed

Organizers: Greater Philadelphia Association of Energy Engineers 

Thu Jan 17 @ 5:30 – 6:30 / learn about stormwater mgmt w RainCheck

5th floor, Boardroom, PHS, 100 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 

Concerned about flash floods? With the climate crisis in full swing, we’ll be seeing much more of this. Join us for this quick, free workshop about rain barrel and discounted downspout planter gardens. After this workshop, you can signup to get planters and gardens installed, and more! 

How Rain Check works: 

  • As our Rain Check partners, PHS hosts workshops across the city every month.
  • Firms certified by the Sustainable Business Network install planters, rain gardens, and other green stormwater landscaping as part of PWD’s efforts to combat polluted runoff that impacts waterways and creates sewer overflows. 
  • Homeowners who invest in projects like de-paving concrete pads can get up to $2,000 through Rain Check cost-sharing. 
  • When you register, you can also explore some of the options and see what will be a good fit for your property. 
  • Those who rent can still get green tools with permission from the property owner.

Organizers: Phila Water Dept, PA Horticultural Society

Register at pwdraincheck.org


Fri Jan 18 @ 1:30 – 3p / Climate Town Hall – Villanova University 

Villanova Room, Connolly Center, Villanova University, 800 East Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 

In response to the dire predictions from the world’s leading climate scientists regarding the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UN COP24 Climate Meeting, and Pope Frances’ encyclical Laudato Si on Care for Our Common Home, the University Sustainability Committee will host a Climate Town Hall to discuss climate solutions for our University community. 

Climate change is affecting all of us and is our greatest public health threat. 

This is our opportunity to discuss solutions for Villanova University. It is important that nursing has a presence at this town hall meeting. Please plan on attending.

Contact: Dr Levy, Director of Center for Global & Public Health, 610.519.6813

Organizers: Villanova University Sustainability Committee

Fri Jan 18 @ 4 – 5p / radio – Planet Philadelphia 

Tune in to gtownradio.com or WGGT-LP 92.9 FM to hear interviews about Environmental Jobs. 

How available are jobs that are consistent with lowering greenhouse emissions?  This question has been a reason many have continued supporting fossil fuel jobs, jobs that result in emitting greenhouse gases. We’ll hear from… 

  • Pat Stanton – Director of Policy for E4TheFuture (Energy, Economy, Equity, Environment).  E4TheFuture is a Massachusetts based organization that promotes residential clean energy and sustainable resource solutions to advance climate protection and economic fairness by influencing federal, state and local policies, and by helping to build a resilient and vibrant energy efficiency and clean energy sector.  In October, Pat received the Energy Champion award from Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) in Philadelphia.  Pat was among those presenting to the U.S. legislative staff the findings of a recent national report on the availability of energy efficiency jobs broken down by state.  She will be discussing this report.
  • Representative from the ECA (Energy Coordinating Agency) – Helping people conserve energy and promote a sustainable and socially equitable energy future for all in the Philadelphia region including training workers to do energy efficiency audits on housing. Their representative will be talking about this training program and the availability of energy efficiency jobs in our area.  

Sat Jan 19 @ 2 – 4p / Introduction to Project Drawdown

Moorestown Library, 111 West 2nd Street, Moorestown, NJ

Learn how we can move forward to REVERSE global warming! In this 2 hour Introduction, we will begin to:

    ⁃ Learn – about some of the 80 best, currently-existing solutions to climate change.

    ⁃ Reflect – on the solutions that call to us the most.

    ⁃ Share – how, working together, we can move forward to a sustainable future – NOW!

Using video and group discussion, we will begin to explore the latest research of Paul Hawken, editor of Drawdown, renowned author, entrepreneur & environmental activist, as he shares his vision about how to reverse global warming. Project Drawdown identifies currently working solutions and how we can participate in this comprehensive plan.

For more information and to register, contact 

    ⁃ June Hament at pachajune@gmail.com or 

    ⁃ Martin Levin at 856-266-7331. 

Co-Sponsored by the Moorestown Library, Sustainable South Jersey and Save the Environment of Moorestown. 

Presented by the Delaware River Valley Community of the Pachamama Alliance | www.pachamama.org | www.drawdown.org 


Thu Jan 24 @ 10 – 1 / public hearing – methane & climate change 

Location: Commissioners Meeting Room, Haverford Township Administration Building, 1014 Darby Road, Havertown, PA. 

The hearing by the PA House Democratic Policy Committee will explore the ways in which methane affects climate change and how Pennsylvania can better regulate methane leakage. 

Panel 1: The Threat of Climate Change and Pennsylvania’s Role

  • Dr. Richard Alley, Professor of Geosciences, Penn State University
  • Professor Don Brown, Scholar in Residence, Widener Law

Panel 2: The Role of Methane Leakage in Climate Change

  • Dr. Tony Ingraffea, Emeritus Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
  • Professor Peter DeCarlo, Associate Professor of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Drexel University
  • Rob Altenburg, Director, PennFuture Energy Center

Panel 3: Policies to Reduce Methane Leakage

  • Dr. Arvind Ravikumar, Assistant Professor of Energy Engineering, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
  • Leann Leiter, Pennsylvania and Ohio Field Advocate, EarthWorks
  • Krish Ramamurthy, Director of Bureau of Air Quality, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Request to drilling company pending

This hearing is open to the public. However, questions will be limited to members of the policy committee.

Organizers: PA state rep Greg Vitale, House Democratic Policy Committee

Contact: Sarah Iversen, Rep Vitale’s district office,  610-789-3900

Thu Jan 24 @ 2 – 3:30pm / Urban Mitigation of Climate Change: Lessons from Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Reports”

Location: 7th floor, Alter Hall, MBA Commons, Fox School of Business, Temple University, 1801 Liacouras Walk, Philadelphia, PA

Dr. Karen Seto will give a talk titled “Urban Mitigation of Climate Change.” 

Organizers: The Center for Sustainable Communities, Temple University, 

Cost: Free and open to the public. Reception to Follow

Contact: Hamil Pearsall | hamil.pearsall@temple.edu