of Chester County, PA

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

Upcoming Events

Disruption - Film Showing

Thur Sep 11, 7:00pm
West Chester Borough Hall

This is the story of our unique moment in history. We are living through an age of tipping points and rapid social and planetary change. We’re the first generation to feel the impacts of climate disruption, and the last generation that can do something about it. The film enlarges the issue beyond climate impacts and makes a compelling call for bold action that is strong enough to tip the balance to build a clean energy future.

People's Climate March

Sun Sep 21, New York City

Sierra Club, 350.org and lots of other groups that want our world leaders to act on climate change NOW are organizing road trips for thousands of people to join forces for a march in New York City - The People's Climate March - http://peoplesclimate.org. To help us organize, contact Jim at jim.wylie@verizon.net. To buy a ticket for you or sponsor someone else, go to bitly.com/phillyclimatemarch/.

Sustainability at Stargazers Winery: Second Annual Chester County Sierra Club Banquet

Sat Oct 4, Stargazers Vineyard & Winery

Join us for a special afternoon of autumn splendor at one of Chester County's gems. On October 4th our hosts will be STARGAZERS Vineyard and Winery, owned and operated by Alice and John Weygandt. The Vineyard overlooks the Brandywine Creek from its south facing slopes just north of Unionville, PA.

Guests will be treated to tours of the sustainable vineyard and winery operations, as well as the owners' passive solar home. Meet and greet friends and colleagues while nibbling hors dourves from some of the local farms, and of course, tasting the fruits of the vine. Learn about the unique history of this beautiful part of the county, close to the Mason Dixon Line, and the lore of the Stargazer's Stone.

Come spend a relaxing afternoon on October 4th from 2 - 5 pm at Stargazers Winery. Tickets are $10 for general admission and tours, $15 tickets include the tasting of 5 wines. More details along with directions will follow. Sign up using sierrastargazers.eventbrite.com

For questions contact Leslie Siebert at siebertles@gmail.com

Find out more about the sustainable practices of Stargazers at www.stargazersvineyard.com/sustainability-at-stargazers

Tree Planting at Wyebrook Farm

Sat Oct 18, Honey Brook

The Brandywine Conservancy, the Guardians of the Brandywine and Victory Brewing Company are organizing atree planting - 1000 trees at Wyebrook Farm along the banks of the Brandywine Creek. Riparian buffers containing trees and grass help to keep the Brandywine clean and safe for the many communities downstream that use the water for drinking (and brewing!) We are looking for volunteers on that day to help plant the trees (families encouraged). Wyebrook will provide volunteers with snacks and Victory will provide liquid refreshment (beer and root beer).


A great presentation by Annemarie Cantrel on the science, psuedo-science, lack of transparency and regulation and credible testing, conflicting test results, reluctance to label, farmers fear of going against industry sead giants and local legislation that takes some small steps to inform the public about what we are buying and eating.

Annemarie has graciously offered to share her presentation with us. Download it here.

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.

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

Sep 4 – Concienteous Hiker
Sep 6 - Hike at Crows Next
Oct 4 – Fall Banquet

Local Ongoing Env Watchdog Issues

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