Go Green!


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!

Monthly Meeting
Meetings are held monthly at the East Passyunk Community Center (1025 Mifflin St.)
Please follow EPX Beautification on Facebook for updates meetings and events.

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Beth Hanish
Committee Chair

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.

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Matthew Simone
Garden Co-chair

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.

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Jen Tepel
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.

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EPX Community Garden

Application to Request a Street Tree – Spring 2017 – Deadline Nov. 23rd 2016

Tree Tenders Basic Training – May 9, 16 and 23


Latest Committee News and Events

Spring Street Tree Planting

Our spring street tree planting is coming up!

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 22 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*

RSVP by email or on the Facebook event invitation.

Street Tree Canvassing
We’re accepting street tree applications for our Fall 2017 planting, now until May 6. 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 beautification@epcrossing.org if you’re interested in helping out and we can provide you with printed flyers (also attached here).

Please email if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions!
South Philly Yard Tree Giveaway!

Working with Tree Philly, Passyunk Square Civic Assocation, East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Leafy Streets Tree Tenders are hosting an event to give out 50 free yard trees on October 8 from 11am – 1pm at East Passyunk Community Center! 

Register at https://southphillygreen.ticketleap.com/yardtrees/ to request and reserve your desired species. When you come to registration, we’ll show you how to plant and care for it and send you home with a free bag of mulch to help get you off to a good start.

Trees must be planted in the ground on private property in Philadelphia, and there is a limit of two trees per address. These trees can NOT be planted in a container or in the sidewalk.


Green City, Clean Waters Survey


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.

EPX Civic Community Garden Partners with SEAMAAC

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!

Check out this great organization.

Check out our first ever harvest… – East Passyunk Crossing Civic | Facebook

EPX Community Gardens Day For The Summer Solstice

Saturday, 6/20/15 10am-3pm
EPX Community Garden

Start your own Summer Solstice tradition, celebrate Community Gardens Day with East Passyunk Crossing Community Gardens on this Saturday, 6/20/15 from 10am-3pm. We will be hosting a potluck BBQ, harvesting some crops and giving tours.

Come hang with us and take home some produce for yourself.