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Environmental Advisory Council


Mission Statement

To educate, facilitate and promote sustainable practices within Lower Gwynedd Township and the greater community through educational workshops and programs, articles and community events.

Who We Are

We are Lower Gwynedd Township residents dedicated to ensuring a greater quality of life for our community through educational outreach, involvement and best practices.  

Council members for 2024 are:

Mark Schafer--Chair

Lisa Brown

Marianne Grey--Secretary

Maureen Nunn

Rea Monaghan

Brenda Doll

Associate members for 2024 are:

Richard Valiga

Suzanne Smith-Oscilowsk

Steve Saffier

Current Program Development

The mission of The Lower Gwynedd Township EAC includes education, facilitation and promotion of sustainable practices within the Township and the greater community.  To this end, we have organized our activities into several broad categories, with subcommittees focused on particular issues within each category.  For 2022, these categories and subcommittees include, but are not limited to, the following:

Land Stewardship: efforts to promote diverse habitat and healthy trees, soils, and woodlands

  • Bird Town/Sustainable Landscape Practices
  • Trees/Tree City
  • Spotted Lanternfly Management
  • Parks & Recreation Liaison
  • Planning Commission Liaison

Water Stewardship: efforts to conserve water, reduce runoff, and promote clean, healthy waterways

  • Storm Water Management
  • Water Quality/PFOS

Resource Conservation: efforts to reduce waste and promote a smaller carbon footprint

  • Composting
  • Plastics
  • Energy
  • Battery Solutions
  • General recycling issues

Communication/Outreach: ensuring accurate, timely communication with Township residents about EAC activities & environmental developments of interest

  • Webpage/Township newsletter
  • Social Media
  • Special Events

Initiatives & Accomplishments

Growing Greener Watershed Protection Grant:

  • Facilitated application for 2016 Growing Greener grant
  • Educational outreach pertaining to Basin Naturalization Projects / Rain Garden

Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Management Options:

  • Management options for homeowners/businesses
  • Walks and talks regarding the SLF

Naturalized Landscapes and Education Outreach:

  • Low maintenance homeowner lawn care practices
  • Promote benefits of native plants and removal of invasive plant species
  • Encourage active wildlife habitat creation and preservation
  • Benefits of pollinators/ensuring their survival
  • Native plant plug and tree giveaways
  • Mike McGrath (You Bet Your Garden) presentation/ community event on organic and sustainable lawn care practices
  • Planted native tree species on Ingersoll / Clayton House
  • Provided instruction on proper composting techniques, tree planting and care

Sustainable Practices:

  • Outreach to residents, schools and businesses to promote sustainable practices
  • Promote use of reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags
  • Support township’s annual e-waste collection events
  • Partner with Wissahickon School District and student body on sustainable projects
  • Establish outreach through Facebook page

Birds and Bird Town:

  • Conduct bird walks at Penllyn Woods and Christmas bird counts at Treweryn Farm Trail
  • Established township as an Audubon Society-designated Bird Town in 2015