These are successful programs which have been implemented in previous years. For further information, please click below:
Communities in Motion Annual Meeting with 32 Star Award Recipients Representing 25 Projects!
December 8, 2015
King of Prussia, PA - Communities in Motion, a GVF TMA Foundation, held their Annual Meeting with a presentation of their 2nd Annual Star Awards at DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia - Valley Forge. Rob Henry, CEO, Communities in Motion, then welcomed all in attendance while stating, "Communities in Motion works to create a more sustainable community while improving the quality of life. Through the educational programs and outreach efforts Communities in Motion provides, our work will directly benefit the children and parents that live, work and play in our community. If we can have children and families walking our trails, riding bikes, utilizing our public transportation network and parks system, it ultimately benefits the community of these residents."
Peggy Lee-Clark, Communities in Motion Board President, Executive Director of Government Relations and Special Projects, Montgomery County Community College, as moderator introduced our dynamic panelists including:
Todd Rousenberger, Director of Transportation, RK&K, whose topic was State Route 411 in Columbia Borough
Categories and their recipients include:
PART Bike & Ride Program - PART
Creek Road Vegetated Soil Wrap Wall/Streambank Stabilization - Franklin Township
Guidebook on Sustainable Green Parking Lots - Montgomery County Planning Commission
TDM Strategies for Employees - Vanguard
Marketing and Promotion of a Project:
TransNet Marketing and Social Media Campaign - TransNet
Park, Recreation, or Open Space Project:
BikeSchuylkill - Schuylkill River Heritage Area
Green Office Initiative - Montgomery County Community College
National Centennial Tree Planting Program - Saving Hallowed Ground
Pennypack Rail to Trail Project - Michael Baker International
Repurposing Manayunk Viaduct - Lower Merion Township
The Centre Square Park Project - Whitpain Township
The Manayunk Bridge Trail - Whitman Requardt & Associates, LLP
The Schuylkill River West Trail - Upper Merion Township
Regional Signal Retiming Initiative Program - DVRPC
Route 202 Section 500 - Markley Street Improvement Project - Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Public Involvement Services - Fitzgerald & Halliday, Inc.
The Multi-Modal Circulation Handbook - Chester County Planning Commission
Walk & Bike Pottstown - Borough of Pottstown
To complete this successful event Communities in Motion recognized Erica Batdorf as the first ever Sustainability Super Star for her ongoing significant support of multiple sustainability projects in the Borough of Pottstown and beyond, including Walk & Bike Pottstown and Pottstown Area Rapid Transit.
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Award Recipient: Chester County Planning Commission Category: Planning
Project Title: The Multi-Modal Circulation Handbook
Super Star Award!
Award Recipient: Erica Batdorf, Communities in Motion Board Member, Assistant Borough Manager, Pottstown Borough
What a great Success!
This 2nd Annual Sustainability Career Day at Montgomery County Community College surpassed last year's event with more than 70 students in attendance representing five local high schools. The students learned about the far-reaching impact of sustainability from keynote speaker, Montgomery County Commissioner Val Arkoosh, in addition to hearing from Peggy Lee-Clark, Vice President of Government Affairs and Special Projects at MCCC and Communities in Motion's President of the Board, and a panel of four young professionals on the Sustainability Career Panel, which was moderated by Eric Frary, Vice President of Michael Baker International and Communities in Motion Board member.
The students walked away from the successful program inspired and more informed about the importance of sustainability.
October 21 Sustainability Career Day
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Bike to Work Challenge was a great success!
Congratulations to all our Participants!
Winners for Most Active Days:
Linda McGrane: 153 Days
Dave Bolig: 152 Days
George Carey: 152 Days
Mario Castagnola: 152 Days
Joe Dille: 152 Days
Duane Malott: 150 Days
Michael Crammer: 146 Days
Winners for Most Miles Traveled:
Linda McGrane: 9,006 Miles
Mike Rowe: 6,771 Miles
Ken Kress: 5,637 Miles
Phil Tischler: 5,086 Miles
John Tonetti: 4,376 Miles
John Rose: 4,242 Miles
Thomas McDonald: 4,044 Miles
Duane Malott: 3,492 Miles
October 8 End of Bike to Work Challenge
Communities in Motion participated in National Walk to School Day with Franklin Elementary School in Pottstown. There were two rally points where the students were dropped off and walked to school together. Crossing Guards were located where appropriate to keep the children safe as they walked to school. Over 100 students participated in this event! Thank you to all who participated!
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October 7 National Walk to School Day
June Solar Car Challenge
In partnership with the Upper Merion Area School District, Communities in Motion was the recipient of a $5,000 grant through the Upper Merion Township Community Assistant Board to conduct a Junior Solar Car Challenge. The Junior Solar Car Challenge worked to educate Upper Merion Middle School students about renewable energy sources such as solar energy. The challenge supported the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) programming within the 8th grade Science program at the Middle School by:
Science: Learning about the science of renewable energy
Technology: Learning of energy power
Engineering: Learning about gears and ratio’s
Mathematics: Problem solving needed to complete the project
The Junior Solar Car Challenge was completed in May/June 2015 and was offered to 300 8th grade students at Upper Merion Area Middle School. Students constructed the body of the solar car using only recycled materials. Communities in Motion visited the classes during the week long challenge, as students developed their solar cars, and presented the winners with a certificate and congratulations at the culmination of the project.
For more information, please contact Maureen Farrell.
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Teens are less likely to buckle up than other age groups. When coupled with an increased likelihood for teens to be involved in a crash, this can lead to tragic consequences.
When used correctly, seat belts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front seat passengers by 45% and the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by 50%.
The purpose of the challenge is to determine how many students driving to school are wearing seat belts (by conducting a counting survey during the fall), present these findings to the school and provide educational seminars, delivered by police officers, on the importance of safety while driving. Upon completion of the seminars, a follow up survey is conducted in the spring. The school with the highest usage rate during the spring survey will receive our grand prize.
To view results from 2013-2014 Challenge, click here.