Category Archives: Green Team

WEST CHESTER GREEN TEAM Silent Auction Nov. 25 – Dec. 5

Click HERE to view and bid on the 61 diverse and exciting items up for online auction to benefit environment and sustainability.  The West Chester Green Team is an alliance of four local environment-related citizen groups: Don’t Spray Me!Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection (4CP)Ready for 100 (i.e., 100% renewable energy), and Plastic-Free Please Action Group (PFP). Please boost our initiatives… and do your holiday shopping at the same time!

Sick of Plastic vigil

The video “West Chester Green Team’s Silent Vigil Against Plastic Use,” with a representative 3 minutes of speakers and views, is now available at YouTube, with the caption:

“On Feb. 14, 2020, members of WCGT and other local environmental groups gathered to silently and peacefully protest plastic usage. Photography/Editing/Production by Tristan Bruecks of West Chester Marketing Consultant Group (WESCON).”

Two stills from the video:

West Chester Green Team hosts annual auction

Daily Local News, 12/16/19

WEST CHESTER—The West Chester Green Team hosted their second annual live and silent auction in West Chester recently at the Unitarian Congregation on High Street.

The West Chester Green Team formed in 2019 as an alliance of four local environment-related interest groups: Don’t Spray Me!, Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection (4CP), Ready for 100 and Plastic-Free Please Action Group (PFP). These civic groups work together to work towards a sustainable West Chester area….

read more at Daily Local News

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. Photos below thanks to Kelly Baker.

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.

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:

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

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!

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

We hope to see you there! Questions?

Chester County Environment Alliance meeting Sept. 14

On Sept. 14, the West Chester Green Team met productively for over 2 hours with our environmental friends in the Chester County Environment Alliance (CCEA), an umbrella organization formed with almost 30 of Chester County’s local environmental organizations–and still growing!

“Like” the CCEA public Facebook page to stay up to date on local meetings, other groups you might find of interest, and upcoming events like the Clean Energy Open House Tour on October 19.

The Chester County Environment Alliance brings the representatives of its groups together three times a year to discuss the issues affecting our environment, help each other amplify our messages, coordinate events and campaigns, and use our resources jointly to help our shared mission to preserve and protect our environment and encourage sustainable choices in everyday life.

Please spread the word about this growing initiative as we work together with our friends and neighbors to preserve our environment on so many worthy fronts.

Find out more about the CCEA and its member groups and fellow environmentalists here, including the Chester County environmental calendar.

Green Team summer interns’ presentation

On Sept. 11, the West Chester Green Team’s 3 highly effective and hard-working summer interns—from left to right Kara Thorpe, Paige Vermeulen, and Courtney Bodle—described their accomplishments since May to the audience at the West Chester University Sustainability Research and Practice Seminar. All stressed not only what they got done (much of which shows up on this web site) but also the learning experience and how it oriented them to new ideas.