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E N V I R O N M E N T A L   A D V I S O R Y   C O U N C I L

Borough  of Ambler
122 East Butler Ave
Ambler, PA    19002

 

 

 

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Ambler EAC members are concerned residents appointed by Borough Council to advise about protection, conservation, and management of local environmental resources.  We focus on the following topics at our monthly meetings:

  • stormwater management and reduced impact of water runoff on local streams and watersheds

  • increasing shade trees in parks and downtown

  • promoting sustainable landscaping and increasing biodiversity

  • increasing recycling (and reducing landfill-bound waste)

  • improving energy conservation and renewable energy generation

  • reducing fossil fuel consumption

  • improving community health

  • creating momentum toward becoming a sustainable community

Below is a listing of accomplishments of the Ambler EAC.  Please see the "current projects" link to learn about ongoing projects.

2009
  • Plastic Bag Free Ambler Initiative that organized a design contest for students from four Wissahickon schools to promote reusable bags.  Winning art was printed on nearly 1,000 reusable twill bags, available for sale at Back to School nights and through Ambler EAC.  Money raised supports schools and EAC.

  • Acquired two grants (totalling $76,125) to beautify Borough Park, removing invasives and plant up to 500 trees & shrubs

  • Convened the Joint EACs of the Wissahickon with all seven EACs in the Wissahickon watershed working together promote ordinance upgrades and basin retrofits that protect local waterways

  • Downtown Tree Management which assessed existing trees and recommended training for care of trees

  • supported the Borough ni a grant application for municipal garage solar arrays

2008 2007
  • coordinated energy audit of Borough operations: Borough Hall, public works garage, Water Department, and Waste Water Treatment Plant

  • installed rain garden at Ricciardi Park (PWD, PEC-supported design)

  • organized collection of compact fluorescent (CFL) light bulbs

  • offered seminar for businesses on best management practices for reducing waste and maximizing recycling

  • organized community tree plantings with 300 volunteers; received Montgomery County Green Futures partnerships award

  • organized several training sessions on care of trees for Borough staff and 45 home owners

  • planted and arranged for two years of watering maintenance for  95 shade trees

  • formed Ambler Green Committee, a subcommittee of Ambler Main Street, to support greening of Ambler businesses

2006 2005
  • hosted free arborist and landscaping consultations with 21 homeowners on streamside property best management practices ($5,000 WREN grant)

  • put up 20 signs naming streams at street crossings to increase awareness of local water resources

  • formed Ambler Tree Tenders; received TreeVitalize grant of shade trees for parks and streets

  • promoted acquisition of larger recycling bins for all households

  • served on Northern Montgomery County Recycling Commission

2004 2001
  • marked 150 storm sewer inlets with signs reading: "Drains to the creek, no dumping"

  • established a reference section at Wissahickon Library in Ambler for Borough, Montgomery County, and Wissahickon Watershed Comprehensive and Open Space plans
Please contact Susan Curry 215-591-1551 for more information about any of these past projects.