Green Team fundraiser dinner a great success!

On December 7, the West Chester Green Team hosted their second annual live and silent auction in West Chester, PA at the Unitarian Congregation on High Street. Proceeds will support the Green Team’s 2020 student interns and many projects enhancing environment and sustainability .

Highlights were a French music box played by Philip Jamison, spirits chosen by Andiario’s vintner Eric Schraedley, ratatouille and salad by Trinity Caterers, bread from La Baguette Magique, coffee by Horn and Hardart, an impressive assortment of desserts by local pastry chef Kim Stack, and of course the many donated raffle and auction items including 4 raffled live by auctioneer Greg Erskine.

The crowd inspecting auction items, conversing and preparing to dine
Event co-leader Megan Schraedley takes the stage
Auctioneer Greg Erskine exhorts the crowd to bid up.

Farewell to Gail and Les Silberman

Gail and Les Silberman, activists in Don’t Spray Me! and the West Chester Green Team, are leaving West Chester and moving to Woods Hole, MA.  Their environmental colleagues here are so sorry to lose them from our community.  

Both Gail and Les have contributed a great deal in a range of areas.  Gail’s posts on the Next Door site brought in many new members to the Green Team’s Plastic-Free Please committee. The online responses suggested the depth of support in the community for such an initiative, which passed Borough Council last summer after a turnout of 200 residents advocated for it.  Next month, Downingtown Borough Council plans to follow our lead and pass a ban on plastic bags and straws effective July 2, 2020.  Even Philadelphia has been influenced by our work on plastics.  Thank you, Gail, for your leadership.  

We have particularly appreciated Les’s realistic insights into the personalities we work with. His advice on interactions with allies and those resistant to our goals has proven invaluable. His scientific and medical expertise have contributed to many fruitful discussions both through his membership on the Borough’s Sustainability Advisory Committee and on the Board of Don’t Spray Me.!

Both Gail and Les have enriched the community environmentally.  They will be greatly missed.

Don’t Spray Me! and the West Chester Green Team offer them our heartfelt best wishes.

Ban on Single Use Plastics, from West Chester Borough

From West Chester Borough’s web site, about its upcoming ban on single-use plastic bags and straws:

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The West Chester Borough is taking steps to curb single-use plastic waste. In July 2019 Borough Council approved an ordinance banning single use plastic bags and straws in West Chester, effective July 2nd 2020.

Key Dates:

  • September 2018 – local students ask Council to address single use plastic bags and straws  
  • July 2019 – Ordinance written and public hearing held. Council votes to approve ordinance
  • July 2020 – Enforcement begins July 2nd

Click here to read West Chester’s Single Use Plastic ordinance.

What do business owners need to know?

  • As of July 2nd 2020 distribution of plastic bags and straws will be prohibited within the Borough
  • Any bag distributed to customers must include 40% recycled content and be recyclable in the Borough. This is considered a “compliant bag”
  • Businesses are required to charge 10 cents per compliant bag distributed to customers, and disclose this fee on the sales receipt
  • Any business may request a year-long exemption for review by the Borough’s Sustainability Advisory Committee
  • Businesses observed to be violating the ordinance will receive a written warning, then a $100, $200, and $500 fine for successive violations in a single 12-month period

Exemptions

Businesses may request a one-time, one year exemption from the Borough’s 2019 Single Use Plastic Ban for consideration by the Borough’s Sustainability Advisory Committee. Click here to submit an exemption.

Support your Green Team on December 7!

Here’s your chance to show your support for the West Chester Green Team in a material way! This will be a memorable evening with excellent vegan and vegetarian friendly food, stimulating company, and exciting auctions and raffles. Attendance is limited to 75, so don’t put off signing up:

See more info below; click this link to purchase tickets: https://wcgreen.bpt.me

And thanks for helping defend the environment we all live in!

More details (please share with friends): West Chester Green Team auction fundraiser dinner at the Unitarian Congregation, 501 S. High St., West Chester PA, Saturday Dec. 7, 5-8 p.m. To fund 2020 summer interns, activities with kids, public education, and other Green Team projects.

French hand organ music by Phil Jamison, live auction by Lori Zytkowicz, lots of displays, conviviality, and much more.

The event will feature a silent auction, live auction and raffles. You can bid on vacation home stays, paintings and art photographs, event tickets, restaurant gift certificates, gift baskets, books and plenty more.

There will be a light supper by the West Chester Co-opt. Bread will be provided by La Baguette Magique. The desserts will be, like last year, made by Kim Stack, former owner of 3 Little Pigs. Wine or beer will be provided with the meal and a cash bar will be available as well.

Get your tickets for only $35 + service fee at https://wcgreen.bpt.me/.

Last year’s contributions helped further the education of our West Chester area kids and adults on various environmental topics:

– Chemical-free gardening with our first Organic Garden Tour
– Kids Summer Gardening Program
– Rally to successfully ban single-use plastic bags and straws
– A speaker and film series at West Chester University
– Chester County Clean Energy Tour
– and many other activities

These events would not have happened without our three interns, Courtney, Kara and Paige, who helped us over the summer. They took on a lot of the work to plan and execute our ideas and events — paid for by the funds we raised last year!

Please help us keep the momentum going at this year’s Green ED Auction event! Come join us for a fun evening that can have a real impact in our community for generations to come!

The Biggest Little Farm (film) Nov. 20 at WCU

Room 102, Mitchell Hall, WCU, West Chester PA 19382. Nov. 20, 7:30 pm.

The Biggest Little Farm is a story about two people who left the city behind in an effort to revitalize barren farm land and live more harmoniously with the earth.  This recently released film has been generating a lot of excitement for its inspiring tale and gorgeous cinematography.

Sponsored by the Office of Sustainability, the Slow Food Club, and the West Chester Green Team. See trailer at https://www.biggestlittlefarmmovie.com/videos/.


Free and open to the public.

March For 100% Renewable Energy in the Christmas Parade Dec. 6 💥

CLEAN, SAFE ENERGY. RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW.

Will you march with us for 100% renewable energy on December 6th 5:30-9 p./m. in West Chester?

Maybe you are someone who started marching for the climate in DC on a bitter February (2013) or in NY at the People’s Climate Marches (April 2014 and 2017). Or maybe you joined the March for Science or the one in November 2015 before the Paris Climate talks.

Closer to home, you have an opportunity to bring our positive, solution focused message to thousands of residents in southeastern PA at the annual West Chester Christmas Parade on Friday December 6th!

This is one way we can support the Youth Climate movement which is calling for action on December 6th. As world leaders gather at the UN’s annual climate conference, young people across America will join a national #ClimateStrike to take the momentum from their September strike to elected officials’ doorsteps.

We’ve planned a great Clean Energy Contingent. We’ll have signs for each of the 25 communities that have passed  resolutions EV cars dressed as reindeer “pulling” Santa’s sleigh (a red EV) a beautiful sun puppet wind turbines clean energy banners a banner for each of our county groups Come help us share the good news about renewable, clean energy by marching and proudly carrying a sign, poster or banner.

To learn more, register  here, no later than November 20th

Important Upcoming date
Dress rehearsal:  Sunday November 24 2:00-4:00pm (Location to be determined; check calendar here)

Download flyer here: https://wcgreenteam.files.wordpress.com/2019/11/chesco-christmas-parade-clean-energy.pdf

Activist Workshop with PennEnvironment and West Chester Green Team

Important opportunity to network and be part of a training to benefit environmental activism:

Are you frustrated about the way things are, and you want more tools to DO something about it? Then our upcoming activist workshop is just for you! Penn Environment and the West Chester Green Team are teaming up to hold a training on how to put ideas into action to make the political changes you want to see.

We’ll be using the West Chester plastic bag ban as a case study, and taking action to pass state and local Zero Waste legislation.

When? Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6-8pm.
Where? West Chester University, Business & Public Management Building, Room 112, 50 Sharpless St., West Chester PA 19382.

RSVP today at bit.ly/activist101

We hope to see you there! Questions? efisher@pennenvironment.org