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Self-guided garden tour, August 2022

Click here to see detailed descriptions of gardens planted by the Green Team and the three groups associated with our August 27 dinner reception.

Fall 2022 Environment & Sustainability Forums

Presented by West Chester Green Team & the Office of Sustainability at West Chester University. Free and open to all. Sept./Oct./Nov. in room 108, Sciences and Engineering Center, 155 University Ave.; Dec. in Ballrooms A&B, Sykes Union, 110 West Rosedale Ave., both on the West Chester University campus.* Download pdf of the series here.

Flooding, E. Union St., West Chester, 9/1/21

September 20 at 7 pm: Chester County Climate: Plans and Progress. See more info on this forum here.

Plastic flower by WCU student Ameerah Bond, 4/22/21

October 18 at 7 pm: Plastic: a Planetary Problem. Presented creatively by award-winning science educator and WCU professor Drew Anderson. Also plastics filmlet created by Jonathan Sprout, Quaker educator and founder of Force for Good.

Fern Hill Reservoir in West Goshen contributes to the environment as well as serving as a reserve supply of usable water

November 15 at 7 pm: Water in our Town. Prof Megan Fork and student researchers join a panel of water experts including Dr. John Jackson of Stroud Water Research Center. Moderated by George Seeds, Master Watershed Steward and community science volunteer. How is our water quality? The results may surprise you. Also: First annual Philip Jamison Art and Nature Award presentation, recognizing a local artist for portraying the natural beauty of Chester County.

Green Santa and his Elf visit Chester County History Center, Dec. 2021

December 13 at 5 pm: Sustainable Living: Tips for a Green Holiday. Prof. Ashlie Delshad and Prof. Megan Schraedley will present a hands-on program. This event will include making and taking gifts and advice on having a very happy holiday season without trashing the planet.

This series is in memory of Graham R. Hudgings (1970-2017)

*SEPTA’s 104 and 92 buses stop on S. High Street, the Chesco SCCOOT bus stops at the corner of Rosedale and New, and the campus is easily accessible by bicycle and on foot. If you need to drive: for SECC, the New St. garage, 704 S. New St., offers public parking; then walk east into the campus. For Sykes, in the evening you can use the parking lot behind the Student Union.

Our Mission

The West Chester Green Team, a non-governmental civic organization in Chester County PA, works to educate the local public and to establish and nourish green initiatives in the community in harmony with nature and each other, promoting the health of all living things and of planet Earth.

See our latest newsletter and previous issues here.

See our calendar of events at the bottom of this page.

Our inspiration

“I believe that natural beauty has a necessary place in the development of any individual or any society. I believe that whenever we destroy beauty, whenever we substitute something man-made and artificial for a natural feature of this earth, we have retarded some part of man’s spiritual growth.” — Rachel Carson

Our Latest News

See all news under Blog in the top menu or by clicking here.

Thanks for Senator Carolyn Comitta for introducing a resolution recognizing the week of April 22 through April 30, 2022, as “International Dark Sky Week” in Pennsylvania. Unfortunately the resolution was not voted on, Maybe next year! Read more here.

About the West Chester Green Team

WCGT is passionate about helping people live their daily lives in a green, sustainable and community-oriented manner. We work through a board of over a dozen activists, plus hundreds of supporters. We invite all area residents to join us in taking action!

Our areas of focus are: 

Climate and Energy: Promoting green energy and combating climate change. Read more here.

Community: Building community through events oriented to the earth and the arts. Our membership in Transition US underlies all of our above areas plus others such as our Front Porch Concerts program, new in 2022. Read more here.

Gardening and Food: Encouraging people to plant and maintain gardens and trees, including the West Chester Tree Team. These activities fall under the Living Landscapes program, part of West Chester Area Transition. Read more here. Plant for the Planet!

Pesticides and Herbicides: Pressing to reduce use of toxic chemicals in our daily lives. Read more here.

Reducing use of plastics, especially single-use plastic bags and straws. Read more here.

Dark Sky Initiative, opposing light pollution at night, which is disruptive to both humans and animal species.

Other issues where we can all make a daily difference in environment and sustainability. Next on our list to start up: a Water Team (dealing with storm water, stream quality, flooding, water retention, rain gardens, tap water quality…).

If you’d like to help on these ongoing or upcoming initiatives, or have additional ideas, please let us know by emailing us at westchestergoesgreen@gmail.com.

Our scope is approximately the West Chester Area School district or about a 10 miles’ radius around West Chester Borough. We occasionally share news and events for the whole of Chester County as well.

As an independent environmental organization, we help our communities become more environment-conscious and sustainable, educate residents about green living, urge municipal and county governments to support our efforts, and ask businesses to become our allies. We need you; the planet needs all of us!

Are you with us? To sign up for our email list or to contact us or donate, please email here. Please let us know your interests and which municipality you live in. We don’t have formal memberships or dues but welcome all supporters to our list; and we can also connect you to other groups throughout Chester County.

Learn about our history here. See our Bylaws and officers here.

Our header shows one of West Chester’s marvelous front yard gardens, fully visible from the street, in all its summer glory.

Please look through this site and our Facebook page, feel free to add your thoughts or posts you’d like to share, and if you have questions or comments or wish to join us, email us here.

Upcoming Events

See our calendar below. You may prefer (upper right) Agenda view, listing events in order. See also the broader Chesco Environment calendar here and numerous events in County parks here.