Caring for the Earth and our Community in Juniata Park

Climate Can’t Wait

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 5, 2022 – Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light (PA IPL) is launching a new relationship with Juniata Park Academy and the Juniata Park neighborhood. Following up on a day long series of presentations for Earth Day, PA IPL is holding a tree planting event this Thursday, May 5th at the Juniata Park Academy campus of the School District of Philadelphia. Together with residents of the neighborhood we are planting trees and relaunching the vegetable garden to increase the tree canopy and provide fresh air and vegetables to the community. At PA IPL we believe every day is earth day and arbor day and that we have a moral obligation to be stewards of creation and to mitigate the effects of climate change. All of Philadelphia’s residents deserve clean air, access to fresh food, and a safe environment.

The Juniata Park neighborhood, and several surrounding it in North Philadelphia, compose the city’s largest heat sink, an area where urban density, building materials, and a lack of green space or tree canopy result in extreme heat far greater than surrounding neighborhoods and other sections of the city. This is a result of historical inequities based upon redlining and subsequent lack of investments. The significant heat difference results in the increased use of air conditioning, higher electrical use, and higher bills in a region with many lower income households. In addition to the numerous health impacts of heat, summer heat has also been shown to relate to higher crime rates while the absence of sufficient green space contributes to water runoff and flooding, a constant and increasing threat to our region during severe weather events and hurricanes exacerbated by climate change.

As climate change continues to cause more extreme summer temperatures heat related emergencies and deaths will become more common if measures are not taken to mitigate their effect on the community. Previously PA IPL worked together with Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, Esperanza, and other partners in the Hunting Park neighborhood on the Beat the Heat Project. This project focused on community listening sessions and the establishment of community cooling stations and kits.

Together with the community we are taking steps to mitigate the effects of extreme heat and climate change built into the inequities of our society. Together we hope to expand these efforts beyond the campus to serve the entire community because climate can’t wait for frontline communities like Juniata Park which are being most immediately, significantly, and directly affected by climate today.

Location: Juniata Park Academy: 801 E Hunting Park Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19124
Dates: May 5th 3:00 – 4:30PM
Our website www.paipl.us and social media

Habitat Restoration – June 2021

MEET:
Walnut Springs Park: On Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr., just before the road ascends a hill.  From there we’ll walk just a bit down the trail towards the marsh.
Alfarata Trailhead: To get to the Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right. If you don’t see us, give my cell a call or a text at 215-242-0854.
Bells Gap Trail: Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99.  Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right.  Go 1/10 mile on Igou Road.  Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience.  Greg also leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.

Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In these work parties, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.

Habitat Restoration-May 2021

MEET:
Walnut Springs Park: On Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr., just before the road ascends a hill.  From there we’ll walk just a bit down the trail towards the marsh.
Alfarata Trailhead: To get to the Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right. If you don’t see us, give my cell a call or a text at 215-242-0854.
Mt. Etna Trailhead: at Mt. Etna station on the Lower Trail. Bike there on the Lower Trail. By car, turn off HWY 22 at Polecat Hollow Rd. and head east to Fox Run Rd and turn left. Look for Mt. Etna parking lot on your right.
Bells Gap Trail: Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99.  Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right.  Go 1/10 mile on Igou Road.  Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience.  Greg also leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.

Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In these work parties, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.

Check out this video of the last batch of privet and what needs to be removed and what either side looks like with a view into the forest beyond and our newly planted tubes in the foreground. This video shows the midway goal of Sunday’s PA IPL bike ride for our team- we start at Williamsburg, hopefully at noon, (if it’s not raining), and head for Mt. Etna and then cycle back to Williamsburg.

Habitat Restoration-April 2021

MEET:
Walnut Springs Park: On Walnut Spring Lane at the Walnut Spring Park sign one block East of University Dr., just before the road ascends a hill.  From there we’ll walk just a bit down the trail towards the marsh.
Alfarata Trailhead: To get to the Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right. If you don’t see us, give my cell a call or a text at 215-242-0854.
Bells Gap Trail: Take Bellwood Exit 41 off of I-99.  Follow PA-865 for 2.7 miles to Igou Road which will be on your right.  Go 1/10 mile on Igou Road.  Turn left into Bells Gap trailhead parking lot.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing and wearing masks. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience.  Greg also leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.

Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In these work parties, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.

Lower Trail-Alfarata Trailhead-Habitat Restoration

    • Tuesday, January 19th, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Download a flyer to post and share!

MEET: Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience.  Greg also leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.

Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In these work parties, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.

Lower Trail-Alfarata Trailhead-Habitat Restoration

    • Sunday, November 29th, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Download a flyer to post and share!

MEET: Alfarata Station trailhead from HWY 22, turn north on Main Street towards Alexandria. Main St. is between (Hwy 453) Water St. and the bridge on Hwy 22 east of Water Street. Trailhead parking lot is 2/10ths of a mile on the right.

SUPPLIES: Dress to get dirty. Good footwear, long pants, and long sleeves recommended. Bring your own mask, gloves, clippers, and shovels. We will be social distancing. Call to confirm.

THE PROJECT: Between 2016 and 2020, we’ve planted 1800 native trees and shrubs on the Trail to create better habitat for insects, wildlife, and humans!  At this site, this year, we’ve planted dozens more trees but have room for at least 20 more wetland species on the flood plain.

LEADERSHIP: The project is led by Greg Williams, a PA IPL board member with decades of environmental education and habitat care experience.  Greg also leads work parties at Walnut Springs Park in State College and at Detwiler Park in Huntingdon.  Get on our email list and get updates. Greg invites congregation and community groups to join us or contact him.

RSVP: to Greg at 215.242.0854 or by email.

Lots of climate work can be pretty conceptual and long-developing. In these work parties, by contrast, we will do physical work that actually improves resilience in the face of climate change.

These work parties are part of the work of Pennsylvania Interfaith Power & Light, (paipl.us). We also pray, educate, advocate, weatherize, and bring a moral and religious perspective to climate change through the work of over 50 congregation communities and other individuals.