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EWB-Philly Newsletter, May 2016

Date: 5/1/16

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, April 2016

Date: 4/1/16

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, February 2016

Date: 2/1/16

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, January 2016

Date: 1/1/16

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, December 2015

Date: 12/1/15

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Attend EWB-USA Northeast Conference | Nov 6-8, 2015

Date: 9/17/15

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Philippines Project Team Awarded Grant From NGWREF

Date: 3/1/15

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, November 2015

Date: 11/1/15

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, 5.15.2015

Date: 5/15/15

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Attend the EWB-NE & SE Professional Member Workshop | Reston, VA | July 17-19

Date: 6/22/15

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EWB-Philly & Friends Group Outing/Fundraiser: Phillies vs Giants

Date: 5/17/15

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, 4.10.2015

Date: 4/10/15

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, 3.16.2015

Date: 3/16/15

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, 2.16.2015

Date: 3/3/15

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, 1.9.2015

Date: 1/9/15

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Call for Nominations: New EWB-Philly Executive Officers and Leads

Date: 1/7/15

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, 11.26.2014

Date: 11/26/14

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EWB-Philly Newsletter 10.20.14

Date: 10/30/14

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EWB-Philly and EWB-Temple University traveled to El Salvador May 20-27 for a successful phase of implementation!

Date: 7/15/14

Installation of the new water supply & distribution piping was completed. Points along the new line we intended to test on the distribution system were done so, and all provide water!

The Temple team successfully analyzed water samples from the elementary school and performed surveying to evaluate possibly improving the rainwater collection system.

We also assessed the need for improved wood stoves and inspection of our newly constructed storage tank.

Here is our daily implementation log w/ details of this recent trip (and past trips):
http://ewbelsalvador.wikispaces.com/Implementation+Log

Next steps: traveling in July to install the pump VFD (for efficient energy use) and further evaluation of the newly connection portion of the water distribution system (surveying the receipts of the community, proposing tweaks where needed).

Long-term: educational programs on water conservation/use, investing remaining health issues within the community. New members are welcome to join the team! There is much more work to do in addition to the “engineering” component.



EWB-Philly members Leslie, Paolo, and Walt featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer/Daily News!

Date: 4/28/14

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EWB-Philly Newsletter 9.16.14

Date: 9/25/14

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EWB-Philly Newsletter 8.18.14: Get Involved, develop, and connect!

Date: 8/25/14

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EWB Partners with the Phillies for a Philippines Project Fundraiser on 8/9!
Date: 7/15/14

Please join EWB-Philly at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, August 9 when the Phils host the New York Mets at 7:05 p.m. It’s also Toyota Charlie Manuel Wall of Fame Night!

Seating with other EWB supporters (family, friends, ASCE members) will be located in Scoreboard Porch Section 242 at $30 per ticket. $8 from each ticket sold through offer via the link below will benefit our Philippines “Water for Life” Project.

www.phillies.com/EngineersWithoutBorders

To order your tickets, click on the “T” icon in the link and enter the promotion code: ENGINEERS.

We will host a free tailgate before the game, with food served. Details on that to come shortly.

Please spread the link to ANYONE planning to attend the game!

Visit our event page on Facebook (link) for news on our pre-game tailgate and mixer!



New Resources Page
Date: 7/15/14

We’re excited to announce the new Resources page on the EWB-Philly website; it will be an educational resource in information sharing, technical and non-technical skill building/development, and instructional tool (such as how to use Bentley Systems CAD and water modeling programs, free for chapters to download). We hope you enjoy it. All resources are free to use, except for the EWB-USA live webinars which are for “official” members only (become a member here).



EWB-Philly Newsletter, 7.15.2014
Date: 7/15/14

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EWB-USA Northeast Region Professionals Workshop – June 14-15, Pittsburgh, PA
Date: 4/27/14

You’re invited to partake in EWB-USA Northeast Region’s first Professionals Workshop! The workshop will provide a space for professional EWB-USA members to come together and learn about others in our regions during a weekend devoted to the issues surrounding professional membership in EWB-USA. We’ll discuss current issues chapters are having, and draft up our thoughts to present to EWB-USA to better help professional chapters and individuals throughout the organization.



Completion of EWB-Philly’s Rwanda “Health & Healing” Project
Date: 2/18/14

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, 5.5.2014
Date: 5/5/14

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, 3.4.2014
Date: 3/5/14

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Philadelphia Global Water Initiative 7th Annual Conference: “Urban Water Solutions in The Developing World”
Date: 2/17/14

Event Date: Thursday, April 10
Behrakis Hall, Drexel University
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Local Outreach Recap 2013 newsletter
Date: 2/16/14

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, 1.20.2014
Date: 1/20/14

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EWB-USA Northeast Region Conference Nov. 22-24 at Rutgers University!
Date: 12/6/2013

Schedule and agenda is now available here!



EWB-Philly Newsletter, 12.06.2013
Date: 12/6/13

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Philippines Project Meeting Recap & Notes
Date: 11/19/2013

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EWB-Philly Newsletter, 11.06.2013
Date: 11/13/13

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EWB-Philly Visits Guild House Gardens
Date: 8/11/13

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EWB-Philly member Adam Brostow Awarded a U.S. Patent!
Date: 8/11/13

Congratulations are in order to EWB-Philly member & El Salvador Project co-lead Adam Brostow, who was just awarded another U.S. Patent (yes, he has more than one)! He designed a solar-powered heat engine, which you can view at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwchoqhAgNA.



El Salvador Project Update, July 2013: Implementation Progressing
Date: 8/11/13

Installation of the storage tank valve box and piping (connecting the old and new tanks) nearly complete! As we’ve consistently been doing, a log of the construction and updates (dating back to last summer) has been maintained at http://ewbelsalvador.wikispaces.com/Implementation+Log. In our absence, the village members of Las Delicias have began cutting the concrete road and digging trenches for the new distribution piping. The next El Salvador project meeting will be in early August, as a team will be turning to Las Delicias within the next several months to continue implementation. (see photos here)



Philippines Project Update, July 2013: Researching Additional Water Source Options
Date: 8/11/13

The Philippines project team met on July 23, dividing tasks to attendees to address in preparation for a return trip to Apatut in the Fall. Read the notes/summary from the meeting here {http://www.ewb-philly.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Philippines_Meeting_Minutes7-23-2013.pdf]. The team will meet again on Tuesday, August 20 – it is open for all to attend, inquiring minds included.



El Salvador Team Receives EWB-USA’s Fall Grant Award
Date: 1/2/13

Congrats to our El Salvador team for being a recipient of EWB-USA’s Fall Grant Award.  We received $4,000 from Boeing!



Register now for April 6 Global Innovations Forum (It’s FREE!)
Date: 2/28/13

Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA), in partnership with Bridges to Prosperity, iDE-CSI-IEEE, iCATIS and Regis University, invites you to tune in to our first-ever LIVE virtual learning event.
April 6, 2013
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MDT
#GlobalForum

The Global Innovations Forum: Pathways to Sustainability will feature case studies from leaders in the field and will explore the challenges, successes and important lessons learned on the road to sustainable international development. Professionals from Bridges to Prosperity, iDE-CSI-IEEE and the EWB-USA Greater Austin Professional Chapter will share their work in Bolivia, Haiti and Peru, and will engage participants in Q&A regarding their projects.

To prepare for the forum, registered attendees will have access to background materials on each case study as well as the opportunity to pose questions on Twitter for the presenters via #GlobalForum.

Visit the Global Innovations Forum website to view the complete agenda and to register for this exciting event. Don’t miss this great opportunity!



EWB-Philly News & Events This Month | April 2, 2013
Date: 4/5/13

Here are our upcoming events and announcements for the month of April:

Happy Hour Networking Meeting at Standard Tap – April 3, 6pm

Continuing our alternating monthly meeting format, join us tomorrow for a happy hour at Standard Tap (2nd & Poplar St, Phila PA 19123) from 6-8pm. Joining us will be the GreenDrinks group, a green/environmental focused network. We will tweet (@EWBphilly) our meeting location within the pub shortly before 6pm.

EWB-USA Global Innovations Forum – This Saturday, April 6

The virtual forum focusing on “Pathways to Sustainable Development” is this Saturday (and free) starting at 12pm ET! Registration is still required. See attached flyer for more information. 2.5 PDH credits will be offered for professional engineers.

Click here for background information

PGWI Conference, Tuesday April 9 – “Gender & Water: Leading Beyond the Burden”

Registration is still open for the 6th annual water and health conference held by our friends at Philadelphia Global Water Initiative . The cost for this day-long event held on the UPenn campus is $60, and includes breakfast and lunch, followed by a reception at Fairmount Water Works. The final agenda and list of keynote speakers is attached.

Click here for the tentative agenda

Free Webinar Offered by Engineering For Change on April 11

“Implementation and Monitoring of a Large Scale Water and Energy Program in Rwanda: DelAgua Health and Development Program”: http://www.engineeringforchange-webinars.org/

Outreach Event, April 20: Tree Planting in Northeast Philadelphia

In celebration of Earth Day, we will plant approximately 40 trees all over Northeast Philadelphia. The group will meet at 9am for breakfast and then get split up into teams. Groups will reconvene at the same location for lunch at 12pm. Volunteers should wear clothes that can get dirty and sturdy shoes.

The meeting address is 7252 Roosevelt Blvd, Phila PA 19149. To sign up, please contact EWB-Philly Outreach Coordinator Leslie Tuason (lesat06@gmail.com).

Check out the article featuring our chapter’s volunteer work from last month’s Guild House Garden’s project! http://guildhousegardens.org/2013/03/27/engineers-without-borders-visits-ghw/

EWB-USA Merchandise

Proudly show your support for EWB-USA and grab their newly designed t-shirt! http://ewbusa.spreadshirt.com/ewb-usa-men-s-t-shirt-A12034120/customize/color/4

Cast Your Vote For EWB-Philly’s Next Social Outing!

Visit the Google Form link to choose: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/19ge0zveaAYkF8WOOhLgI-V6rHAPcoaIIh6hDQsU-J3U/viewform

** PROJECT UPDATES **

El Salvador

A team plans to travel in May for the second phase of implementation, which includes construction of valve boxes outside the existing and our newly completed concrete storage tank. The trip will additionally focus on the tank’s connecting pipe installation and protection along the sloping concrete roadway which leads to the community center of Las Delicias.

See attached file for the proposed drawings and picture of the roadway. Travelers and long-term project member commitment is also desired.

Click Here for Piping and Valve Box Layout

Philippines

See attached file outlining our March 6 project meeting discussion and March 28 follow-up conference call. To summarize, the team is planning a return trip to Apatut to: (1) re-develop & test the deep well, (2) Investigate an extension/tie-in of municipal water main from highway to the community, and (3) Temporary point-of-entry-treatment (POET) for households (chlorine tablets)

Long-term project member commitment is also still needed, as well as travelers for a proposed trip in late-May or no later than early-June.

Click here for more details



Technical Mentor Request from EWB-Princeton
Date: 12/31/12

ATTENTION professionals!!! The EWB Princeton University chapter needs 1-2 technical mentors for their water project in Peru, with the anticipation that mentor(s) will be available to travel next summer. Email president@ewb-map.org if interested, minimum 1-year commitment required The request in their words are as follows:

The Peru team is currently working on a water system in Pitajaya, a small community in the Andean region of Peru. A short video about our project is available here: http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S33/61/59M75/index.xml?section=mm-featured. We just began implementation during a one-month trip this summer, with about two more years of work remaining. As a university chapter, our team generally does design during the school year, and then travels for implementation trips during summers. Due to the technical considerations of our system, we are always looking for direction with our design, as well as assistance with community relations or other aspects of development.

Most importantly, we will likely have an open position to travel with our team as a Professional Mentor during the Summer of 2013 (and possibly early 2013)–we’d love to talk about such opportunities. We can also arrange contact by email, phone, skype, or even in person as is convenient.



Philippines Project Update
Date: 12/30/12

EWB-MAP sent 6 team members to Apatut for site assessment and testing over the course of 3 weeks in October-November . The following activities were completed: a community-wide survey (noting water source access/locations), water quality testing of shallow irrigation wells, visit of the deep well drilled earlier this year with further investigation of viability, conducted a chlorine treatment test using a biologically impacted water sample. EWB canvassed materials suppliers for pumps and tanks in San Fernando, EWB completed a detailed map of the school in support of a small scale school system (for eventual incorporation into GPS) points.

At this time, we’re looking at three alternatives: (1) Install a series of shallow wells across the community and pump to either a central tank or localized tanks ily; (2) Connect to the Water District’s main located in the highway adjacent to the community entrance (very expensive ; (3) Considering the deep well, after additional structural (casing), yield, and water quality investigations.

The plan is for another trip in early 2013. You can visit our travel blog at: http://ewbmap.blogspot.com/



El Salvador Project Update
Date: 12/28/12

Phase 1 of implementation (storage tank construction) has been ongoing throughout the summer, with multiple EWB-MAP travel teams spread out over the duration to inspect and assist with construction. The final summer team will travel to Las Delicias August 8-14 to complete the tank, and begin laying out the valve box and connecting water discharge piping. We will return to the community for pump installations later in early-Fall. You can view the implementation/travel log (along with photos taken during construction) recorded by the El Salvador project team at http://ewbelsalvador.wikispaces.com/Implementation+Log/

Above photo taken on August 1, 2012.
Below photo taken on July 18, 2012.





2012 Northeast Region Conference
Date: 2/28/13

The 2012 Northeast Region Workshop will be held at the the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA on November 16-18th, 2012! See http://www.ewb-northeast.org/2012-northeast-region-conference

Early bird registration opens August 20. This will be the premier EWB-USA event for our area until next Fall, as EWB-USA will not have an International Conference in March.

Please help EWB-USA develop a program which best suits the needs, wants, and interests of our region by completing the following short survey: http://tiny.cc/2012NEworkshopsurvey

If you have any comments, questions or would like to be involved in the planning process, please email Nicole Ostrowski at workshop@ewb-northeast.org



Group Outing: Philadelphia Phillies vs Washington Nationals
Date: 8/13/12

Wednesday, September 26, 7pm.
-We have 100 total tickets; they are $30 each and first-come first-serve. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit our Philippines Project.
-Please contact Amanda jacobs (philippines@ewb-philly.org) for ticket purchases.
-Invite friends and family via our Facebook event page! http://www.facebook.com/events/237614866342469/



Neighbors in Action Community Outreach Project
Date: 8/13/12

We are happy to announce the scheduling of another community service project with Neighbors In Action for Saturday, 8/18 10am-1pm. We’ll be working in the Kensington area of Philly, doing what needs to be done to clean up the neighborhood. Exact location is Hissey Park, located at C Street & E. Indiana Avenue, 19134. Walt Walker will be leading the efforts for this event, so please contact him at president@ewb-philly.org to sign up. Friends and family are welcome to join.



Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) 5th Annual Conference
Date: 2/27/12

The Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) is hosting its 5th annual conference, entitled “Performance Indicators for Sustainable Water and Sanitation Projects in Developing Countries”, on April 3rd, 2012 in Houston Hall, University of Pennsylvania. The conference will bring together the worldwide experts on water and sanitation issues. It will feature findings from UNICEF, World Bank and USAID representatives, panel discussions from leaders of other national/international organizations as well as voices from the experienced members and students in the PGWI network. To purchase tickets, please visit http://pgwi.ticketleap.com/conference.



Volunteer project: “Neighbors In Action” – Saturday, March 3
Date: 1/31/2012

Our next outreach event is the “Neighbors In Action” cleanup project, scheduled for Saturday, March 3, 10am-12pm. We will be working at 2300 N. College Ave Philadelphia, PA 19121. Please email chapter outreach coordinator Emily Jackson if interested in signing up (friends and family are welcome too). We look forward to seeing some new volunteers.



Fairmount Water Works’ “Schuylkill Soundings” featuring EWB-Philadelphia
Date: 12/8/2011

EWB-Philadelphia will be the featured presenter at the monthly “Schuylkill Soundings” lecture series hosted by the Fairmount Water Works interpretive Center on Wednesday, December 21, 5:30-7:30pm. We will present on all three of our international projects, in addition to discussing the general vision and mission of the chapter going forward. Admission to the event is free; some wine and cheese will served from 5:30-6pm before the presentation. Please RSVP with the FWWIC at 215-685-0723.



Next Chapter Meeting – January 5, 2012
Date: 12/8/2011

Thanks to all who attended the December happy hour meeting at City Tap House. We’re planning for another happy hour type meeting in February or March. The next Chapter Meeting will be Thursday January 5, back on the Drexel campus. Among other items, we will discuss openings in the positions for Vice President of Finances (Fundraising chair) and Public Relations Lead. If interested in either position, feel free to contact the chapter ahead of time.



New EWB-Philadelphia Chapter Secretary
Date: 12/8/2011

Effective immediately, Paolo Belfiore will be the new EWB-Philadelphia Secretary. His contact emails are vp@ewb-philly.org or rememberpaolo@gmail.com.



Volunteer project: “Neighbors In Action” – Saturday, December 10
Date: 12/2/2011

Our next outreach event is the “Neighbors In Action” cleanup project, scheduled for this Saturday morning December 10, 10am-12pm. We will be working in the 3200 block of N. 9th Street. Please email chapter outreach coordinator Emily Jackson (outreach@ewb-philly.org) if interested in signing up (friends and family are welcome too). We look forward to seeing some volunteers this weekend.



Project Updates
Date: 12/2/2011

El Salvador: Our El Salvador project team returned from an eight-day site assessment trip in the community of Las Delicias on November 20! Team member Adam Brostow provided updates of their daily work on the project wikipage, which you can view at:
http://ewbelsalvador.wikispaces.com/Assessment+Trip

Philippines: The Philippines project team was awarded $17,000 from The Boeing Company via EWB-USA’s Fall Grant cycle! The team has begun preparations for a three-phase well drilling implementation trip beginning in January and end in early March.

Rwanda: The Rwanda project team is on a site monitoring trip of the water and sanitation design and facilities in the Twa Village November 27-December 10 to determine where future work is needed.



Thanks to all who attended and contributed to making EWB-Philadelphia’s 2nd Annual Fall Fundraiser on September 29 a success! We raised a net amount of nearly $6,000, all of which will go towards our continuing water and sanitation projects!

A special thanks to Fairmount Water Works for graciously hosting the event, and our sponsors who helped cover the food, beverage, and overhead costs for our event!


Click here for event photos.



Columbia University to host Northeast Region Workshop
Date: 6/16/2011

Columbia University Student Chapter and the Northeast Region are very excited to be hosting the Northeast Region Workshop, November 18th-20th of 2011 at Columbia University in New York, NY.

The workshop will provide a great learning experience for all types of EWB-USA work, and will also emphasize networking and collaboration between chapters. The breakout sessions will provide information on critical knowledge and experiences through speakers and panel discussions, and the technical sessions will offer hands on experience with real-life scenarios encompassed in EWB-USA work. All together, the workshop will attempt to improve upon the processes and functions of individual chapters, and the EWB-USA organization as a whole.

In addition to our hands-on workshop sessions and an opening address by Cathy Leslie, Executive Director of EWB-USA, our general sessions will include highly accomplished professionals in broad-ranging topics specifically focused on holistic project sustainability. Visit the workshop website for a list of confirmed speakers.

We hope you are as excited as we are about this year’s speakers! Presentation spots are still available. If you would like to present or have a specific topic request, please contact Julie at pastpresident@ewb-northeast.org.

Registration: To register, please go to www.regonline.com/northeastregionaltrainingworkshop.

Lodging: We are pleased to offer discounted rates at specific hotels near Columbia University. Click here for details.

Chapter Presentations: Project presentations are a great way to share EWB project successes and lessons learned with other members, develop presentation skills, and familiarize new members with what we do. If your group is interested in presenting at the workshop, please apply here or contact Julie Gagen (pastpresident@ewb-northeast.org) with questions, topic requests, or for further information. Deadline to submit a presentation is October 17, 2011.

Poster Competition: Have a really successful project your chapter would like to showcase? The Workshop Committee is inviting chapters in the Region to submit project posters that showcase their best projects. Monetary prizes will be awarded to the top three posters. Submission requirements will be available here https://sites.google.com/a/ewb-northeast.org/northeast-region/Home/2011-north-east-region-workshop/poster-competition on October 15, 2011.

Scholarships: Scholarships are now available to members of the EWB-USA Northeast Region. The purpose of these scholarships is to provide a portion of registration and travel related fees for student and professional members wishing to attend the Workshop. To apply for the scholarships please visit www.ewb-northeast.org/Home/2011-north-east-region-workshop/scholarship. Deadline to apply is October 15, 2011.

Join the North East Regional Committee: Nominations for the 2012 Northeast Region committee will begin on November 1, 2011 and continue through the Workshop. Stay tuned for more information!

For up-to-date information on the workshop, please visit www.ewb-northeast.org.
For comments or questions, please contact Eileen Parra at workshop@ewb-northeast.org.



Toys for Tots Holiday Happy Hour
Date: 1/7/2010

EWB-Philadelphia’s Toys for Tots Holiday Happy Hour was held on December 16, 2010. We met at City Taphouse, and toys were donated to the Camden, NJ branch. Thanks to all who contributed.



View 2010 PGWI Conference Presentations

The Philadelphia Global Water Initiative 4th Annual Conference, titled “Managing the Last 1%: Allocating Water to Meet the Un Millennium Development Goals” was held on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at the University of Pennsylvania. The link to view all presentations from this
conference is www.pgwi.org/conference.php.



EWB-Philadelphia is now on Facebook!

Visit the EWB-Philadelphia Facebook page for information on our projects, chapter news, events, local outreach, upcoming meetings, and more! Stay connected by receiving reminders about upcoming events and meetings, network with other members and friends, and discover how you can help by becoming involved in projects and fundraising. We encourage anyone iterested in EWB-Philadelphia, both members and non-members, to join.

Direct Link: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Engineers-Without-Borders-Mid-Atlantic-Professionals/154128767956994




Click here for event photos.




Philadelphia Cares Day!
Saturday, October 16, 2010 – 9am to 12pm

EWB-Philadelphia is forming a volunteer team for Philadelphia Cares Day 2010!

In one day, we can make a world of difference. October 16th is Philadelphia Cares Day! Education is the foundation of a great city and Philadelphia Cares Day offers an opportunity to lay the groundwork. Join EWB-Philadelphia for the city’s 17th annual day of service which directly benefits the city’s public schools by bringing together over 8,000 volunteers that contribute 70,000 service hours in to over 100 schools in one day! It will be the third year in a row in which our chapter will be involved. Volunteers create libraries, paint classrooms, design murals, plant greenery and so much more. Join us as we show Philadelphia students that we do care. Celebrate your commitment to public education by joining our team today!

If you are interested in becoming part of our team, contact Walt Walker today at outreach@ewb-philly.org. Friends, family, and coworkers are welcome to join as well.

Click here for event photos.



Recap of June 26 “Neighbors in Action Project”

As part of EWB-Philadelphia’s monthly involvement in the “Neighbors in Action” community service project, members of the chapter devoted their Saturday morning to a street cleanup near the 1700 block of N. 54th Street in West Philly.

Click here for event photos.



EWB-USA Regional Training Workshops

EWB-USA Regional Training Workshops will be held this fall throughout the country. These workshops provide valuable information on EWB-USA project process, technical design, and cultural trainings, along with opportunities to network with other members, regional volunteers, and EWB-USA staff. Visit https://www.ewb-usa.org/workshops.php for up-to-date workshop information.

Northeast Region Workshop: November 5 – 7, 2010 in Pittsburgh, PA
Hosted by Pittsburgh Professional Chapter of EWB-USA, University of Pittsburgh Chapter of EWB-USA, and Carnegie Mellon University Chapter of EWB-USA.



Sustainability and Renewable Energy In El Salvador:
A Blog of Experiences on a Fulbright Lectureship in El Salvador by Richard Cairncross

June 30, 2010

EWB-Philadelphia member and Drexel University chemical engineering professor Rich Cairncross just returned from spending the semester teaching in El Salvador on a Fulbright Lectureship. He has also had the opportunity to visit the community of Las Delicias, where one of our proposed water projects is located. Visit Rich’s blog regarding his visit to the community, along with his overall experiences in the country.



LOVE Your Park Day on May 8, 2010!
April 19, 2010

It’s that time of year again! GPC’s “LOVE Your Park” event – formerly known as Philadelphia Cares about Fairmount Park Day – will be taking place throughout the city from 9am to 12 noon on Saturday, May 8th. EWB-Philadelphia has began to gather a team of friends, family, and colleagues to make the parks beautiful!

Last spring, thousands of enthusiastic volunteers throughout the city painted, weeded, and planted flowers at their local parks. You can be a part of this citywide beautification too! Sign up with the EWB-Philadelphia team by emailing Walt Walker.

This day is in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Cares, Fairmount Park, The Philadelphia Department of Recreation, and Philadelphia Green of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.



Celebrate World Water Day 2010: Uniting for Safe Water and Sanitation
March 1, 2010

On World Water Day (March 22), Americans will gather to show their support for safe, affordable and sustainable drinking water, sanitation and hygiene (“WASH”) worldwide. You are invited to join a marquee event in Washington, DC that will spotlight Americans’ expanding commitments for WASH internationally–the world’s most critical public health and development issue. Read More…


EWB-Philadelphia to be the Featured Presenter at the PSPE Dinner Meeting
December 28, 2009

EWB-Philadelphia will be the featured presenter at the dinner meeting of Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers (PSPE) on Thursday, January 21. The dinner, held at Towne House in Media, PA, will begin at 6:30pm, with the presentation to start at 8pm. Cost is $30/person ($15/student). Click here for RSVP information.


EWB–USA 2010 International Conference: “Building a Better World: Blurring the lines of professional disciplines to gain tools that affect change”
December 21, 2009

March 18-21, 2010
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
1550 Court Place, Denver, CO 80202

How can one organization positively affect developing communities while impacting an entire profession? The Engineers Without Borders-USA 2010 International Conference takes an in-depth look at how a multi-disciplinary approach to sustainable development work and the changing field of engineering connect. By blurring the lines of disciplines and encouraging philanthropy and creative educational practices, a new professional can be developed and equipped with the capacity to make a significant and lasting difference in the lives of others. Click here for more information.


EWB-Philadelphia Participates in the Global Passport to Clean Water Program
November 24, 2009

Moving the World toward Achieving Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation for All is the theme of the 2009 Global Passport to Clean Water program. This novel curriculum, developed by The Fairmount Waterworks Interpretive Center, MAGPI, and the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative will focus on a clean water and sanitation project in Rwanda. Read more…


Thanks for a successful 2009 EWB-USA Northeast Regional Workshop!
November 12, 2009

More than 275 participants attended this year’s event at Northeastern University in Boston, with more than 40 breakout sessions and 30 speakers to inspire, energize, and connect the 55 chapters from Maine to Delaware. Read more…


“Global Water Action: A Focus On Rwanda” Event at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center a Success!
October 31, 2009

Bob DiFilippo from EWB-Philadelphia, Lily Yeh from Barefoot Artists, and Cameron Bass from Jefferson Health talked about the differences volunteers have made in a survivors’ village in Rwanda. They spoke at the opening reception for an exhibition of photographs at the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center on September 24. A silent auction held during the reception raised $2500 to continue their work. Read more…


Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI) Conference “Exploring the Public Health and Water/Sanitation Connection in Developing Countries”
April 3, 2009

Join the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative for an interactive conference where we will bring together experts: To explore how the public health sector professionals and those in the water/sanitation sector can work together more effectively in meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for 2015 and beyond; To provide a forum for public health and water/sanitation professionals to exchange ideas and build a platform for future collaborations; To identify public health – water/sanitation research questions; To build momentum toward the national APHA meeting to be held in Philadelphia in November 2009.