Philadelphia University will receive the 2010 Schuylkill Action Scholastic Award on Monday, May 3 for the efforts by University faculty and students to slow storm water runoff through tree planting and various other projects.
The Schuylkill Action Network Scholastic Award is given to schools that have developed educational and environmental projects that help protect sources of drinking water in the Schuylkill River and its tributaries.
PhilaU faculty and students have worked with the East Falls Tree Tenders, the Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers, the Philadelphia Water Department and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in activities to improve drinking-water quality.
Last year, students in the Soils, Environment Science course (for non-science majors), and Landscape Architecture, Biology, and Environmental and Conservation Biology faculty and students, along with East Falls Tree Tenders, planted more than 60 trees in the East Falls section of Philadelphia.
This community service and experiential learning projects have helped students to learn the value of trees and their role in helping slow storm water runoff, reducing flooding in urban areas. Other activities faculty and students participate in include invasive species remove and mulching tree pits during the University’s annual Day of Service and other course-related field trips.
“We are pleased to receive the 2010 Schuylkill Action Network Scholastic Award,” said Rosa Guedes, Ph.D., assistant professor of environmental science and faculty coordinator. “This award is dedicated to all PhilaU students, faculty and staff who have contributed many hours of volunteer time to these efforts, and have learned hands-on the importance of curbing storm water runoff and improving water quality.”
Guedes and Matt Baker, D.H.Sc., dean of the School of Science and Health, will attend the awards ceremony on Monday to accept the award for Philadelphia University.
The Schuylkill Action Network (SAN) is a collaboration of stakeholders, including federal and state agencies, water suppliers, conservations districts, local officials, community members, academics, and industries formed to craft local solutions to water quality issues of the Schuylkill River Watershed.