Category Archives: Environment & sustainability

Earth Day a colorful event in West Chester

By Bill Rettew, Daily Local News, 4/22/21

WEST CHESTER — Colorful chalk drawings covered much of the red bricks and concrete sidewalks along High Street to celebrate and recognize Thursday’s 51st Earth Day.

Kyle Hudson, candidate for mayor, chatted up the passersby midway down High Street and in front of the Methodist Church during Chalk the Walk. Earth Week events were organized through the grassroots West Chester Green Team.

“We only have one earth, there is no planet B,” was etched with chalk into the sidewalk at Hudson’s feet.

Former Mayor and state Rep. Dianne Herrin, D-156th, of West Chester, mingled with about two dozen Friends School students at the north end of High Street….

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Virtual forum on environmental topics with candidates for West Chester Mayor and Borough Council April 27

Non-partisan virtual forum on environmental topics with candidates for West Chester Mayor and Borough Council, sponsored by League of Women Voters of Chester County, West Chester NAACP, and West Chester Green Team, on Tuesday, April 27, at 7pm. RSVP here to get your personal signup link.

Celebrate Earth Day: Art Stroll & Festival Schedule, West Chester, April 22

Join us to view environment-related chalkings up and down S. and N. High St. in West Chester Borough plus an outdoor art exhibit at the Chesco Historical Society–all on Earth Day themes! Please wear masks and practice safe distancing. Rain date April 23. SEE FULL CHALKING SCHEDULE BELOW.

Here is the full Guide to EARTH Day Chalk Walk, April 22, 8 am to 5 pm

Nineteen stops along the way with local environmental groups and individuals chalking art on the sidewalks to celebrate our Mother Earth.  All along High Street.  The following listing is from south to north.  Please be careful crossing High Street.  Please wear a mask and maintain social distance. The best time to visit each site to see chalking in action is noted but sites are available all day.  Anyone can chalk.  If you like, join the fun!

Phillips Memorial at the corner of College Avenue. 700 S. High St. Welcome by WCU Director of the Office of Sustainability Dr. Bradley Flamm. Mayor Jordan Norley will unveil the 2021 West Chester Green Team sign and present keys to the Borough to the team represented by Prof. Megan Schraedley and Courtney Finneran of the WCGT. 11am.

Unitarian Congregation, 501 S High Street. Chalk art by the students of Dr. Schraedley with recorded music including an original composition just created for these times by the minister, Rev Dan Schatz.  Artist Ada Koch will be chalking Noon to 2 pm.

•  Former site of Burger King, 410 S. High St. West Chester Green Team members and Friends of Everhart Park.  3:30-4 pm.

Church of the Holy Trinity.  212 S. High St.  The West Chester Co-op, new local food store, led by Sue Patterson.  10 am.

  Founds Funeral Home. 229 S. High St.  Sierra Club/Ready for 100 with Eunice Alexander.  10 am.

•  First Baptist Church of West Chester,  221 S. High St.  Sierra Club/Ready for 100 with Paula Kline.  10 am.

•  United Methodist Church, 129 S. High St.  Kyle Hudson and friends.  Joined by the preschoolers chalking in the separate but adjacent courtyard.  8 am.

Kati Mac Florist,  36 S. High St.  Artist Denise Vitollo will be chalking.

• 35 S. High St.  Chalking by environmentalist Nora Ziegler.

•  Chester County Democratic Headquarters,  37 S. High St.  Plastic-Free Please with Jakob Speksnijder and Kellie Lynch.

•  Bryn Mawr Running Co., 24 S. High St.  Barbara Clarke, head of WC Borough’s Sustainability Advisory Committee.  

Historic Chester County Courthouse, 2 N. High St.  Stefanie Heron-Birl, face-painter and chalk artist; Lillian DeBaptiste 2:30 pm; State Senator Carolyn Comitta 4 pm.  

• 20 N High St.  Eric Lorgus and family.  

•  Sabrina Ann Couture, 128 N High St.  Justine Gesualdi, artist and WCU senior, chalking.

Chester County History Center, 225 N. High St.  Art show on the patio. Suzanne Kent, potter; Carnival of Ruin costumes; Eric Schraedley, artist. Hosting: Prof. Megan Schraedley, Paula Kline, Nora Ziegler and Borough Council member Don Braceland.

Uptown! 226 N. High St.  Del-Chesco United for Pipeline Safety with Ginny Kerslake.

• First Church of Christ, Scientist, 227 N. High St.  Chester County Peace Movement with Kevin Patrick Kelly and WCAT West Chester Area Transition  7:30 am.

• West Chester Friends School.  415 N. High Street.  Children will be chalking under the leadership of T. Amy Domenick, including but not limited to 8:30-9:30am; Rep. Dianne Herrin will be there at 8:30 as well.

• West Chester Friends Meeting, Society of Friends (Quakers)  425 N. High St.  Chalking by the students at WC Friends School. 

Happy Earth Month!

West Chester Mayor Jordan Norley has officially proclaimed April 2021 as Earth Month in the Borough of West Chester PA. Please see the Chesco Environment Calendar for environment/sustainability events this month, including many in the Borough.

Download pdf of the proclamation here.

Doug Tallamy, “Nature’s Best Hope”

Doug Tallamy, a widely acclaimed professor in the Dept. of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware, is scheduled to give an in-person talk in West Chester on Sept. 15, 2021.

He gave this talk at the Virtual Siouxland Garden Show on March 26, 2021. His overall theme is that Nature is built from millions of specialized interactions, as between insects and plants, and that we destroy those interactions at our peril. In fact, people (and our food supply) are totally dependent on the very “ecosystem services” that we are threatening.

Here is his summary:

“Recent headlines about global insect declines and three billion fewer birds in North America are a bleak reality check about how ineffective our current landscape designs have been at sustaining the plants and animals that sustain us. Such losses are not an option if we wish to continue our current standard of living on planet Earth. The good news is that none of this is inevitable. Let’s look at simple steps that each of us can and must take to reverse declining biodiversity and explain why we, ourselves, are nature’s best hope.”

Being part of that hope means respecting nature: climate, water, air, plants, animals, and yes, insects. As summarized by the great entomologist E. O. Wilson:

Local sustainability activism panel Dec. 11

Local sustainability activism panel: Fourth Annual Environmental Film and Forum Series at WCU sponsored by the Office of Sustainability at West Chester University and the West Chester Green Team, in memory of Graham Hudgings.

December 11, 7pm, via live internet: Local sustainability activism, featuring 5 local panelists on what campus and community groups can do to promote sustainability, outreach techniques, working successfully with non-profit and public entities, and Local Environmental Empowerment.

Register here to receive the link.

Woman at War (film); discussion and awards Fri. Nov. 13

Fourth Annual Environmental Film and Forum Series at WCU sponsored by the Office of Sustainability at West Chester University, the West Chester Green Team, and member groups of the Chester County Environment Alliance, in memory of Graham Hudgings.

Woman at War (non-documentary film: a woman fights, not just metaphorically, for the environment in Iceland). Sponsored by WC Green Team and WCU Office of Sustainability.

Register here. View the film anytime between Wednesday 11/11 and Friday 11/13 through the link provided to registered attendees. Then join us for a post-film panel discussion and awards ceremony for local women warriors on Friday 11/13 at 7pm via Zoom. The award winners are:

Dianne Herrin- Mayor of West Chester
Danielle Friel Otten- Representative of the PA House 155th district
Debbie Bookman- Chester County Prothonotary
Paige Vermeulen- Undergraduate student at WCUPA
Gabrielle Long- Graduate student at WCUPA
Maria Urrutia- Faculty at WCUPA
Keyana Cellucci- Owner of Velvet Hair Salon
Malena Martinez- Owner of Malena’s Vintage Boutique

Next in the series: December 11: Panel: What student activists can do

Friends of Sustainable West Chester

Here’s a great new initiative from West Chester Borough’s Sustainability Advisory Committee: to put together a network of volunteers who can help SAC research different topics and inform the public. This aligns closely with the West Chester Green Team’s aspirations!

Here is the official description:

The Sustainability Advisory Committee established Friends of Sustainable West Chester consisting of volunteers working to further sustainability initiatives in the Borough. The group serves three primary purposes:

• Create issue-focused teams to supplement the SAC’s work on key areas (e.g. energy, stormwater, recycling)
• Broaden citizen awareness and involvement in Borough sustainability initiatives
• Recruit future SAC leadership

Efforts of each team are coordinated by a 2nd year SAC member. Activities will be limited to research, organization of events or initiatives, and volunteering time and resources. There are no standing meetings.

Click here to join Friends of Sustainable West Chester.

Membership is subject to SAC approval.