2010 Emissions - from DVRPC

The Delaware Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has released a detailed carbon emissions inventory for the whole Delaware Valley, including West Chester Borough. The numbers are encouraging. Overall, the region has reduced its emissions 9% below the 2005 inventory. And in West Chester Borough, we are 11% below 2005. That's fantastic and shows that we are trending in the right direction. But with new growth planned for WC (condos and retail space) we need to push to reduce our emissions further.

Some of the reduction is due to an increase in energy efficiency and people electing to use non-carbon polluting electricity sources like wind and solar. But some of this reduction is also likely due to the 2008/2009 recession and energy source movement from coal to natural gas.

View the BLUER summary, BLUER normalized summary or the DVRPC Summary and DVRPC interactive map and then click on West Chester Borough to a detailed report of our carbon emissions for 2010.

For a more in-depth analysis of the 2005 and 2010 inventory, go to the BLUER Inventory page.

An ad-hoc committee formed by the West Chester Borough Council in winter 2006; BLUER's mission is to help our entire community - including our municipal and County government operations, residents, businesses, and nonprofits - reduce greenhouse gas pollution 10% below 2005 levels by the year 2015. This will help us break the trend toward rising greenhouse emissions and put West Chester on a track toward further greenhouse gas reductions, and toward a more sustainable economic and environmental future. More about Us


Headed by Denise Polk, the residential subcommittee focuses on helping to get West Chester renters, homeowners, and landlords to take action to reduce energy consumption while also saving money. Check out our list of energy-saving tips here (.pdf).
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Led by Jason Hinsey, this group offers individualized tips for business owners, contractors, industrial groups, and more. The Commercial Subcommittee also grants the BLUER Business Awards to deserving businesses -- nominate a group today!
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Jim Wylie heads up this committee to look for ways to reduce our emissions due to cars, trucks and busses as they drive through (or sit idling) in the Borough.
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Friendly WC

Ellen Zadoff (also the chair of Chester County Cycling Coalition) leads this effort to identify challenges and implement solutions to make West Chester easier and safer for bikes and pedestrians to navigate. We just had eight new bicycle parking stations approved in the Borough -- stay tuned for more info!
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By taking BLUER's ENERGY STAR pledge, you can make small changes in your home that can add up to big energy savings for the Borough.

If every American household took part in the pledge, we would save more than 110 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, more than $18 billion in annual energy costs, and prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 18 million cars. Take the pledge now! Just click here.

BLUER to be Recognized by Environmental Groups

On June 6 the efforts of West Chester BLUER and the Transportation/Bike Friendly West Chester team are being recognized by PennFuture and the Sierra Club for their work to make bicycling a realistic alternative to driving in the West Chester area.

Join the Bike To Work Day ride and support BLUER - details.
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) WCU campus this Summer!

Weekly deliveries:
Vegetable Share: June 3 for 25 weeks
Fruit share: Aug 1 for 15 weeks

Delivery: Each Tuesday,
Pick-Up Location: Sykes Front Lobby
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Dr. Monahan: lmonahan@wcupa.edu or
Lisa at: Lisa@northstarorchard.com
BLUER in WCPress

"BLUER Is The New Green" is the title of a wonderful article in the November, 2013 issue of WCPress - the Going Green Issue. The article on pg 47 describes all of the great things that BLUER has done and what we are currently working on.

CCH Receives BLUER Business Award

BLUER is proud to anounce that Chester County Hospital is the recipient of the next BLUER Business Leaders Award. Read more about the great things that CCH is doing to improve the carbon footprint of the Borough.
Read the press release, Daily Local.

Share The Road

May, 2014,The Share The Road Campaign kicks off in May with initiatives to educate motorists, bikers and law enforcement officials about how to make biking safer and more accessible in Chester County.

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Green Building Questionaire

Nov, 2011: BLUER has helped develop a questionaire to both educate the permit applicant about Green Building measures (and how these can save money over time) and to inform the Borough's Department of Building, Housing and Codes Enforcement and the BLUER Committee about the Project’s specific green initiatives. The latest version of this questionaire can be found here.

Marcellus Gas Drilling

BLUER (led by Dianne) has prepared a position paper analyising the various PA state legislation that will likely be voted on this fall. You can read the full report here.

We also recommend a very informative lecture by Professor Ingraffea of Cornell U about the Myths and Realities of gas drilling in PA. Watch it on YouTube here, or ask a BLUER member for a copy of the DVD. It's about 2 hours.

Green Community Leaders Award from PennFuture.
We meet the third Monday of every month from 12:00pm - 1:30pm in the Borough Hall. Our meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend. Please contact us if you are interested in getting involved with BLUER. If you have ideas or questions concerning BLUER, its mission and goals, please contact us at info@wcbluer.org.
BLUER needs and appreciates your help! Please make a tax-deductible donation and send a check made out to West Chester Borough (add BLUER to the memo line). Mail all checks to:
BLUER at WC Borough Hall
401 East Gay Street
West Chester, PA 19380
Please note: 100% of your contribution goes directly to BLUER's efforts.