The EPX Beautification (“Clean & Green”) Committee seeks to improve the quality of life for all residents that comprise the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and to promote environmental sustainability in the neighborhood. Our committee has shown a commitment to this mission through bi-annual Tree plantings and Maintenance, Neighborhood Clean-ups, Promoting environmentally responsible projects, and general Beautifying of the neighborhood. We are proud to have opened the East Passyunk Crossing Gardens. We invite anyone in the community with a passion for their environment to come out and help us make East Passyunk Crossing a cleaner and greener place to live!
Beth Hanish has been an EPX member for 6 years. She is very enthusiastic about greening the neighborhood and feels that the garden is a wonderful and important asset to our community. Beth taught as an art teacher for the School District of Philadelphia but is currently enjoying being home full time with her son. She enjoys traveling, hiking and crafting in her free time.
Matthew Simone has served with EPX for 6 years, the last few years as Chair for the Beautification Committee. He has overseen the first community garden within the civic boundaries and is passionate about how Beautification can impact the neighborhood and its people. In his spare time he is a Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Medicine and Trauma and enjoys the outdoors, gardening, guitar and Mixed Martial Arts.
Tree Tenders Co-Chair
Jen Tepel has been living in EPX for 2 years and recently became Tree Tender Co-Chair. She believes that the neighborhood could be even better with more trees! Outside of the Beautification committee, she works as Project Coordinator for The Food Trust’s Healthy Corner Store Initiative, providing resources and tools to bodega owners to support sales of healthier foods. Jen enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, yoga, gardening and traveling. She hopes to engage the neighborhood’s diverse residents in upcoming planting and pruning events.
Latest Committee News and Events
FALL 2017 TREE PLANTING NOVEMBER 18TH @ 9:30 a.m.
We will be planting over 20 trees this time around, so we’ll need more volunteers than usual. Please come out and lend a hand!
Stay tuned for more details on our Facebook event page!
FALL STREET CLEAN-UP! November 4th @ 10:00 a.m.
Meet at the EPX Community Garden (entrance on Watkins St. between 10th and 11th) at 10:00 a.m. for coffee and a light breakfast then head out with your neighbors to help clean our streets!
Our fall 2017 street tree planting is coming up!
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, November 18th at 9:30 AM.
We’ll meet at our usual spot – the community garden on Neumann Goretti’s campus (entrance on Watkins between 10th & 11th St.). We’ll get everyone acquainted with tree planting basics and then we’ll head out to the planting sites in small groups of 3 or so people. We’ll need a few folks to volunteer as “runners,” delivering some of the heavier items (stake drivers, trees) to each group. Gloves and tools provided; please wear layers and comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
*Coffee and pastries from a local shop will be provided*
We’re accepting street tree applications for our Spring 2018 planting. If you know anyone who is interested in a tree, please send them this link to apply. We can get significantly more applications if we do some door-to-door canvassing and hang flyers on well-traveled routes. We could really use some help with this effort! Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in helping out and we can provide you with printed flyers (also attached here).
You are invited to participate in our survey measuring public perception and understanding of Green City, Clean Waters. Green City, Clean Waters is Philadelphia’s 25-year plan to reduce stormwater pollution currently entering our creeks and rivers through the use of Green Infrastructure like rain gardens and stormwater tree trenches. In this survey, you will be asked to answer questions about your demographics, viewpoints and understanding of Green Stormwater Infrastructure. It will take approximately five minutes to complete this 18-question survey. Thank you very much for your time and support. Please start with the survey now by clicking here.
Check out our first ever harvest donation day at East Passyunk Crossing Community Gardens. So thrilled to be working with our new partners at Southeastern Asian Mutual Assistance Associocations Coalition (SEAMAAC) and to be able to donate fresh produce to folks who can use it!
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