of Chester County, PA


Focusing on the unique environmental challenges and opportunities in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Upcoming Events

Sierra Club Monthly Meeting

Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 7:00 PM
West Chester Borough Hall
401 E. Gay St, 19380

Program: GMO-Free PA

Annmarie Cantrell will do a short powerpoint presentation that will focus on an overview of GMO's, the impact on human, animal and environmental health, why consumers are concerned and how those concerned can help ensure that we have the freedom to choose (whether or not to consume these food as consumers, whether or not to plant them as farmers, etc.)

We will also discuss the labeling initiative in PA and what that means, and leave it open for discussion. GMO-Free PA

2014 Programs - Tentative

Apr  -  Several Land Ethic events

May 1  -  GMO-Free PA
        - Annmarie Cantrell
Jun 5  -  Time Banking - Alan Wright
Jul  -  open
Aug  -  Home Energy Alternatives
Sep  -  Artisans Exchange
Oct  -  Fall Banquet
Nov  -  open
Dec  -  Holiday Party




Green Fire Showing

Mon Apr 21 6:00pm Chester County Library, Exton

As part of the Longwood Gardens Community Read program, the Chester County Library and Sierra Club will screen Green Fire. The film explores the life and land ethic of conservationist, author, and outdoor enthusiast Aldo Leopold.

For more information and to register go to the Chester County Library Calendar.

Hiking and the Land Ethic

Tue Apr 22 6:00pm Bayard Taylor Library, Kennett Square

Susan Charkes is the author of AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia and a passionate advocate for the enjoyment and conservation of the outdoors. She will discuss how Aldo Leopold's theories on Land Ethic can be incorporated into enjoying some great hikes in our area.

For directions go to the Bayard Taylor Library website.


Great Pennsylvania Clean Up

April 26, 2014
9 am - 11 am

Since 1978, PennDOT has sponsored the community-centered volunteer litter pick-up program, Great Pennsylvania Cleanup Day (GPC). Each year on GPC Day, thousands of Pennsylvanian's take to the streets in their towns and cities to collect the unsightly trash that litters our roadsides. PennDOT provides trash bags and orange safety vests, maintenance crews then pick up the collected refuse and dispose of it free of charge in approved landfills.

Groups can adopt two-mile portions of state highwayandmust agree to clean the adopted section a minimum of 4 times a year for a two year period.

Chester County Sierra Club has adopted the portion of Business Route 30 between Lowe's and Route 100. (Note our signs when you drive by!) We have been participating in the GPC Day for several years, scheduling Clean Ups in the fall, and around Earth Day.

Join us on this day, and commit to do something to make our part of Chester County more beautiful! Think Global, Act Local. This is your opportunity.....

We will meet in the Festival at Exton Shopping Center 400 W Lincoln Hwy., in Exton, near the Kinko's. All materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own comfortable gloves.

If you have any questions, please contact

Leslie Siebert
GPC Coordinator
215 527 8320


Conscientious Hike

Sat Apr 26 1:00pm ChesLen Preserve, Coatesville

Susan Charkes is leading a "Conscientious hike" at ChesLen Preserve

For directions go to the Natural Lands Trust page for ChesLen Preserve.


Mesoamerica Resiste

Sun May 4 11am to 3pm May Day Festival at Everhart Park, West Chester

The Mesoamérica Resiste graphics campaign is the third and final image in the Beehive’s trilogy about globalization in the Americas, focusing on resistance to mega-infrastructure projects that are literally paving the way for free trade agreements that devastate local economies and communities.

For a preview of what this open-air presentation and discussion will be about, go to the Beehive Collective website. This program is being co-hosted by Sostenica and TimeBank of West Chester.


DEP EQB Hearing on Fracking Regulations

Mary's report on the Jan 9th hearing:

The audience of approximately 100 represented people from the Chester County area as well as those traveling from Bucks, Berks, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. Some of the organizations giving testimony were Phila. Clean Air Council, Berks Gas Truth, Penn Future and the Pipeline Safety Coalition. The natural gas industry presented testimony from the Association of Petroleum Industries of PA and the Outreach Coordinator for the Marcellus Shale Coalition.

Read more on Protect

UPDATE - PennEnvironment is organizing a comment site to tell the DEP to ban the use of fracking waste pits. Click here.


Kids vs Global Warming

The iMatter Youth Movement is a group of kids (with legal representation) taking legal action against state and federal governments to push for reductions in the use of fossil fuels. How great is that? Read about the status of 18 yr old Ashley Funk's rulemaking petition to the PA Env Control Board and the iMatter suite against the federal government.


Other Events and Ongoing Issues (not first Thur programs)
see the calendar for details


Apr – Conscientious Hike (4/26)
Apr – promote Sand County Almanac reading at Longwood and Green Fire film showing
Apr – Earth Day highway cleanup
Apr – Earth Day Fair(s) tabling
May - Impact of Global Free Trade on bio/cultural diversity - Beehive Collective
Aug - social event at Wyebrook Farm
Aug - field trip to a permaculture farm
Sep – hike
Oct – Fall Banquet

Local Ongoing Env Watchdog Issues

Pipelines in Chester County
High density housing in W Bradford – Embreeville Hospital site