Annual Report

Annual Report of 4CP

Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection
November 2011

 

This Annual Report is being provided by the Board of Directors to our followers and the general public to inform you of our activities and actions over the past year.  The reporting period is October 1, 2010 through September 30, 2011.

 

ABOUT 4CP

Chester County Citizens for Climate Protection (4CP) is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to the reduction of Chester County’s substantial fossil carbon footprint.   We will accomplish this by educating the community about the severity and consequences of the harmful effects of climate change and by spearheading climate change initiatives.  We strongly support the international goal of returning global CO2 levels to 350 ppm (parts per million) as fast as possible.

4CP has been organized as a 501(c) 3 non-profit since 2008 and has been meeting since 2006.
BOARD MEMBERS

John Post,
President (Until April 2011)

Bryan
Hutchinson, V.P. (Until April 2011; President since April 2011)

Bruce Arnold,
Treasurer

Janet Cleaver,
Secretary

Bill Haaf,
Education and Communication Committee Chair

Susan Carty, (Since
February 2011)

Al Wright, (Since
July 2011)

Additional
information on the Board members is available on the 4CP Website: www.chescocooler.org
OUR PROGRAMS/OUTREACH

  • Monthly Meetings
  • Monthly e-mail Newsletter
  • Website
  • Power Point Presentation:  Climate Change, Causes and Effects
  • Power Point Presentation:  Home Energy Use and Reduction
  • Community Tabling Events
  • Gene Wilson Award Luncheon
  • Winter Energy Forum

The Board of 4CP met quarterly over the year for planning purposes.
MONTHLY MEETINGS

From October 2010 through September 2011, we conducted 10 meetings on the first Wednesday of each month from 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the West Chester Borough Building.  In total, our meetings were attended by 250 people.

Below are the dates and presenters:

  • October 6, 2010: Organic Farming and Data on Studies of Carbon Sequestration in Soils, Allison Grantham, Research Director at Rodale Institute.
  • November 3, 2010:  Grid-Scale Battery Storage, Evan Berger, Viridity Energy.  Grid-scale battery and storage solutions are necessary for widespread adoption of intermittent resources, such as wind and solar, as well as electric vehicles.  Current battery and storage options, prevailing technologies, and potential trends moving forward were discussed.
  • December 1, 2010: Passive House, Laura Blau, AIA, LEED AP Passive House Principal from Greensteps.  Discussed the Passive House Movement, which has a goal to reduce energy use to near zero levels.
  • January 5, 2011: Practical Actions to Save Money at Home & Driving, Robert Sylvester, Retiree of the DuPont Company.  Mr. Sylvester shared his personal experiences in reducing the energy use and carbon footprint of his family.
  • February 2, 2011: Ocean Acidification:  The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem, Anthony  Aufdenkampe, Oceanographer and Geochemist at the Stroud Water Research Center.  Mr. Aufdenkampe presented the science behind these concerns.
  • March 2, 2011: The Potential for Biochar, Russell L. Lasco, Soil Scientist & Geologist at Lanchester Soil Consultants, Inc.
  • April 2011:  Local Environmental Heroes.  Greg Vitalli, Member of PA House of Representatives; Mark Swick from Kendall Crosslands Communities; and Judy Nicholson Asselin, Sustainability Coordinator at the Westtown School.  These speakers talked about the energy savings techniques they have and would install
  • May 4, 2011: Three Groves Eco Village-Building a Green Community Together that Saves Energy and is Sustainable, Janet Hesselberth and Anthony Aufdenkammpe.  Ms. Hesselberth’s topics included:  What is Co-housing?  What is an Eco village?  How is life in a Coho/Eco village community greener?  Anthony Aufdenkampe’s topics included:  Physical design considerations, passive Haus and LEED standards, and making the math work to show how living greener is cost effective.
  • June 1, 2011: Economic Benefits of Energy Efficient Homes, Bill Haaf, 4CP Board Member and DuPont Company Retiree. Discussed how to reduce ongoing energy costs, how to increase home value, and how to sell a home more quickly.
  • September 7, 2011: An Overview of Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) and The Philadelphia Navy Yard Master Plan and Process, Mary Hall, Manager, New Business Development PIDC at The Navy Yard and Christine Knapp.  Ms. Hall spoke about current initiatives and Ms. Knapp spoke about the Clean Energy Campus.

A hearty thanks to Bill Haaf for organizing, contacting and facilitating the speakers and topics, and to Bruce Arnold for sending out the notices to our followers on our e-mail list.

MONTHLY E-MAIL NEWSLETTER

Each month, for the last year, a monthly e-mail (E-letter) has been sent to our list of over 800 followers.  Content included current reports/articles on climate change, the effects of increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and solutions and actions to reduce these gases.  Many thanks again to Bill Haaf for writing this newsletter, Bruce Arnold for sending it to our e-mail list, and to all who submitted articles to Bill.  Beginning in March, 2011 these newsletters were posted to the 4CP Website.

 

4CP WEBSITE (WWW.CHESCOCOOLER.ORG)

From August, 2010 to February 2011 the Board of Directors developed a new website using a CMS (Content Management Software) tool.  Our new website uses WordPress, which provides access for each Board member to edit and post entries.  The 4CP Board met for over 100 hours to design, format, an d select graphics for the new website.  Using a WordPress consultant to load the software and guide us through this process, we were able to launch the new websitein February of 2011.  We were able to use this new website exclusively to update and promote the Winter Forum Event, “Strategies for a Sustainable Future”, which we co-hosted with the West Chester Sustainability Advisory Committee and the Chester County Sierra Club Committee (see more below in Winter Forum).

 

 

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION- THE SCIENCE OF CLIMATE CHANGE:  CONSEQUENCES, SOLUTIONS AND JOBS.

Over the past year, Board members, Bill Haaf, Bruce Arnold and John Post (Former Board Member and President) presented this 25 minute informative PowerPoint presentation to civic, non-profit and other organizations.  Among the groups presented to be:  London Grove Township, sponsored by Susan Ruczidlo, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills and the
East Goshen Kiwanis Club in October 2010; the Longwood Rotary Club on July 14, 2011. In total, the presentations were given over 15 times.

If you have a group and would like us to present this to you please contact Bill Haaf or another Board member.

 

POWERPOINT PRESENTATION – HOME ENERGY USE AND WHAT CAN BE DONE TO REDUCE THIS USE AND SAVE MONEY. This Power Point Presentation is designed to help realtors understand how energy saving technologies in homes will save money and make the home easier to sell with shorter times on the market.  Among the groups we presented to were:  Weichert Realtors in Chadds Ford in April 2011, and Prudential-Fox Realtors in Kennett on May 10th, 2011. 

 

 

COMMUNITY TABLING EVENTS

Over the past year, Board members and volunteers have participated in many events.  The cumulative total number of people attending these events was over 10,000.
During these events we distributed over 500 copies of educational materials, which helped individuals understand how climate change is affecting us and the world we live in.  We also added several hundred individuals to our e-mail list.    Through these events, 4CP Board members volunteered over 1,500 hours, dedicated to pursing the mission of the 4CP.  Besides
the volunteer time the Board has provided throughout the year, on many occasions they have paid for materials and supplies without requesting reimbursement; thus lowering our operating costs.

Over the past year 4CP has either participated in or co-sponsored the following events, and presented our PowerPoint presentation.  The names of board members who participated are listed for these events:  

  • October 10, 2010:  West Chester Chili-Cook Off - Shared a tent with BLUER.  Bill Haaf, Bryan Hutchinson
  • October 10, 2010:  Tree Planting for 350.org at the Robert B. Gordon Natural Area for Environmental Studies at West Chester University – Helped facilitate and participated.  John Post, Bruce Arnold, Bill Haaf, Bryan Hutchinson
  • October 14, 2010: London Grove Township, sponsor – Susan Ruzcidlo.  Power Point Presentation on Climate Change; Bill Haaf, Janet Cleaver
  • October 21, 2010:  East Goshen Kiwanis Club – PowerPoint Presentation on Climate Change.  Bill Haaf and Bryan Hutchinson
  • October 29, 2010:  Camp Hill Village Kimberton Hills, Kimberton, PA - PowerPoint Presentation on Climate Change.  Bruce Arnold.
  • January 16, 2011:  1st Presbyterian Church in Kennett Square - PowerPoint Presentation on Climate Change.  Bill Haaf
  • March 2, 2011:  Weichert Realtors Chads Ford – Real Estate PowerPoint Presentation.  Bill Haaf, Bryan Hutchinson
  • March 16, 2011:  West Chester University Sustainability Advisory Council and the Chester County Committee of the Sierra Club “Strategies for a Sustainable Future” – Co sponsored and facilitated event held at Sykes Student Union.  Janet Cleaver, Bryan Hutchinson, John Post, Bill Haaf.  Bill and his granddaughter, Lauren, manned the 4CP table. Other volunteers responsible for the planning and orchestration of the forum include, Louise Scanes, Jenn  Matkov, WCU members of EARTH( Juliette Honsinger, Nick), Tim Ponticello, Ashley Duffey, Kendra McMillan, Lindsay Silcox of Aramark. Rama Aaravind, Meryle Rothman and Jakob Speksnjider assisted with registration.  A very grateful thanks to the West Chester University professors for inviting 4CP to work on this event:  Gerry Hertel and Tim Lutz.  Also thanks to Richard Whiteford for his planning and coordination with Michael Brune, Executive Director of the Sierra Club.
  • April 13, 2011:  Annual Gene Wilson Award Luncheon
    -
    Award presented to Dianne Herrin. See more under “Gene Wilson Award Luncheon”.  Event Facilitator, Meryl Rothman.  John Post, Bruce Arnold, Janet Cleaver, Bill
    Haaf, Bryan Hutchinson
  • April 22, 2011: Digging and planting a rain garden at West Chester University – Bryan Hutchinson and Janet Cleaver
  • April 20, 2011:  Shire Pharmaceuticals Earth Day Event – 4CP was invited by Shire to participate in this annual event.  4CP was among several Non-profits and
    organizations involved.  Bill Haaf, Bryan Hutchinson, Janet Cleaver
  • April 30, 2011 Penn State Master Gardner’s Event – Tabling event in Honeybrook, PA.  Bill Haaf and Bryan Hutchinson
  • May 1,
    2011:  Cinco De Mayo in Kennett Square –
    Bill Haaf, Bruce Arnold, Bryan Hutchinson
  • May 10, 2011: Prudential Fox Realtors, Kennett Square – Bill Haaf, Janet Cleaver
  • May 11, 2011 Bridging Meeting in Kennett Square, St. Lutheran’s Church – Janet Cleaver
  • June 11-12, 2011:  Maysie’s Farm Festival -4CP attended this two-day event showcasing music and sustainable foods and agriculture.  A Non-profit tent was set up and we were among several in attendance.  Bruce Arnold, Janet Cleaver, Bryan Hutchinson.  Thanks to new volunteers that helped:  John Gregory and Al Wright.
  • July 14, 2011: Longwood Rotary Power Point Presentation.  Bill Haaf and Janet Cleaver
  • July 30, 2011:  PennEnvironment Event at West Chester Borough Building - Bryan Hutchinson and newly elected Board member, Al Wright
  • August 6, 2011:  Phoenixville Green Earth Festival- Bruce Arnold, Bryan Hutchinson, Bill Haaf
  • September 17, 2011:  8th Annual “Cradle of Birding” Wildlife & Conservation Festival, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum - Bill Haaf, Janet Cleaver, and new Board member, Susan Carty. 

GENE WILSON AWARD LUNCHEON

Beginning in 2010, 4CP established the annual “Gene Wilson Award Luncheon.”  During the inaugural event, held in April 2010, Gene Wilson, who was influential in establishing 4CP, was presented with an Award honoring his achievements.  Seventy Five people attended the luncheon.  Mr. Wilson was the DuPont Manager for CFCs (“Freon”) in Europe and the Middle East from 1969-1975.  DuPont and other companies had initially challenged the work of scientists, Rowland and Molina, Nobel Prize winners in 1995, on their theory (confirmed by work in the Antarctica by Susan Soloman ca. 1986-1987) that chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were damaging the earth’s protective ozone layer.  In 1987 the Montreal Protocol ended the use of CFCs for use in aerosol propellants.  Mr. Wilson became convinced by the scientific evidence that CFCs needed to be phased out and was an actived proponent for this development.

On April 13, 2011, 4CP honored Dianne Herrin at the Gene Wilson Award Luncheon.  Again, as last year, we had 75 people attending this event at the Downingtown Country Club. Ms. Herrin was selected due to her participation and creation of many groups promoting reduced energy usage and climate mitigation.  Among the groups founded and led by Ms. Herrin were:  Chester County Moms for the Future, which successfully championed the conversion of Krapf school buses to a B20 biodiesel blend in five Chester County School districts; West Chester BLUER (Business Leaders United for Emissions Reductions) Committee; and Co-chair, West Chester Area School District Energy and Cost Reduction Committee.

A very big THANK-YOU to Meryle Rothman for all of her work in organizing and coordinating the many details behind this event.

Our third Gene Wilson Award Luncheon will be held on Wednesday April 11, 2012.  Save the Date!

 

WINTER ENERGY FORUM

For three consecutive years, 4CP has worked with other non-profits of Pennsylvania to sponsor a community educational event. In 2011, 4CP joined with the Chester County Sierra Club Committee and the West Chester University’s Sustainable Advisory Council to present the third Winter Energy Forum.  We co-sponsored “Strategies for a Sustainable Future” held at West Chester University on March 16, 2011, with over 250 people in attendance.  The event featured a keynote speaker, Michael Brune, Executive Director of the National Sierra Club, who reviewed the Sierra Club’s initiatives in fighting climate change and delivered a positive message of the power of grassroots actions.   Following Mr. Brune’s talk, were presentations by three ‘local heroes’, representing the educational, business and agricultural sectors. These panelists spoke briefly about the actions they have implemented to reduce the carbon footprint of Chester County.  Before the event, a sustainability Expo was held with over twenty vendors and non-profit organizations.  The Expo and the locally produced refreshments were received enthusiastically by the numerous WCU students that frequent the student center.  Janet Cleaver, 4CP Board member, facilitated the planning meetings for this event.

 

The Board of 4CP thanks all of our volunteers, supporters and contributors over the past year.  We look forward to fulfilling our Mission even further in the next year.  If you
have any interest in helping us with our events, please feel free to contact one of the board members (our contact e-mail addresses are listed in the 4CP Website (www.chescocooler.org) under “About-Board Members Page”, or you can use the “Contact Us” form on the website.  If you would like make a contribution, you can send a check to our P.O. Box, or give directly through our Website.  You can find this on our Website under the “Donate” page.

 

 

Thank you.

The Board of Directors of the Chester County Citizens for Climate
Protection (4CP)

 

 

November 2011