Exhibitors and Activities

EarthFest 2018 Exhibitor Showcase Schedule

At EarthFest 2018, several of our exhibitors will host showcase presentations highlighting a variety of environmental and sustainable concepts! Exhibitor location numbers are listed below.

10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m.

Ambler Arboretum of Temple University Garden Tour — “Not All Bugs are Bad!”(#50) (Pre-registration Required for the Tour)

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion (#3)

Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium (#30)

Barn Nature Center (#1)

Ambler Campus Aquaponics Lab (#23)

U.S. EPA Regional III Mobile Command Post Tours (#10)

10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.

Academy of Natural Sciences (#2)

Franklin Institute (#31)

Elmwood Park Zoo (#4)

Stroud Water Research Center (#28)

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (#29)

U.S. EPA Regional III Mobile Command Post Tours (#10)

1:00 p.m.

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion (#3)

Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium (#30)

Barn Nature Center (#1)

Ambler Campus Aquaponics Lab (#23)

U.S. EPA Regional III Mobile Command Post Tours (#10)

Sponsors for 2018 are:

Air Quality Partnership - Delaware Valley Regional Planning CommissionGreen Mountain Energy, Janet and Lew Klein, PECO Energy, American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter, Schiel Family Foundation, Temple University Ambler, Township of Upper Dublin, and Gold Medal Environmental.

Media Partner - 2018:


Host/Emcee - 2018:

Melissa Magee, Action News Meterologist, 6-ABC

Exhibitors at EarthFest

View an Earthfest 2018 Event Map

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Science rocks! The Academy of Natural Sciences will have a variety of geological specimens on hand with activities showing how geology is used in everyday life.The Academy of Natural Sciences, was founded in Philadelphia in 1812 “for the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences, and the advancement of useful learning.” Today, the Academy is the nation’s oldest natural history museum.

American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter
The American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter's exhibit will provide an interactive planning exercise for students that will teach them about land use and transportation planning and its relationship to the environment and sustainability. The American Planning Association, Pennsylvania Chapter is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for professional planners and planning officials, as well as other organizations and individuals interested in planning. Approximately 1,300 members strong, PPA works to promote planning at all levels of the Commonwealth through workshops, meetings, an annual conference, legislative monitoring, and public awareness efforts. PPA members participate with various groups with shared values and goals.

American Red Cross
The America Red Cross will provide information about how to survive environmental disasters. Since its founding in 1881 by visionary leader Clara Barton, the American Red Cross has been the nation's premier emergency response organization. As part of a worldwide movement that offers neutral humanitarian care to the victims of war, the American Red Cross distinguishes itself by also aiding victims of devastating natural disasters. Over the years, the organization has expanded its services, always with the aim of preventing and relieving suffering. Today, in addition to domestic disaster relief, the American Red Cross offers compassionate services in five other areas: community services that help the needy; support and comfort for military members and their families; the collection, processing and distribution of lifesaving blood and blood products; educational programs that promote health and safety; and international relief and development programs.

Barn Nature Center
The Barn Nature Center will share important information about animal conservation and bring along a few animals to share with visitors. The Barn Nature Center offers programs for Bucks County and the surrounding communities. The Nature Center offers a setting where children can learn about, pet, play with and interact with a wide variety of animals, including reptiles, birds, amphibians, mammals, fish and bugs!

Center for Aquatic Sciences at Adventure Aquarium
The Center for Aquatic Sciences' mission is education and youth development through promoting the understanding, appreciation and protection of aquatic life and habitats. In performing this mission, the Center strives to be a responsible member of the community, assisting in its economic and social redevelopment by providing opportunities for education, enrichment and employment. At EarthFest, the Center invites visitors to become a hands-on "beach detective, investigating different animal artifacts that can be found on the beach!

Clean Air Council
The Clean Air Council plans to quiz attendees with our transportation trivia wheel while challenging guests to design the safest intersection using our interactive streetscape, all in the effort to encourage sustainable transportation. Clean Air Council also offers information on safe home cleaning and critical legislative action on public health.The Clean Air Council protects our right to breath clean air, offering information about sustainable commuting, energy efficiency and paths to contacting your representatives about pollution concerns. The Clean Air Council is a member-supported, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone's right to breathe clean air. The Council works through public education, community advocacy, and government oversight to ensure enforcement of environmental laws.

Delaware River Basin Commission
The DRBC will be bring an Enviroscape watershed model to show attendees how litter and other pollution affects waterways. A breakthrough in water resources management occurred in 1961 when President Kennedy and the governors of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York for the first time signed concurrent compact legislation into law creating a regional body with the force of law to oversee a unified approach to managing a river system without regard to political boundaries. The members of this regional body - the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC) - include the four basin state governors and the Division Engineer, North Atlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who serves as the federal representative. Commission programs include water quality protection, water supply allocation, regulatory review (permitting), water conservation initiatives, watershed planning, drought management, flood loss reduction, and recreation.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission - Air Quality Partners
The Air Quality Partnership, a program of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), has the distinction of having participated in all 16 EarthFest celebrations at Temple University Ambler as an exhibitor and sponsor. Serving the Greater Philadelphia, Camden, Trenton, Chester area for more than 40 years, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is an interstate, intercounty and intercity agency that provides continuing, comprehensive, and coordinated planning to shape a vision for the future growth of the Delaware Valley region.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Fort Washington State Park 
DCNR’s mission is to conserve and sustain Pennsylvania’s natural resources for present and future generations’ enjoyment. Their exhibit will include pictures, maps and information about PA state parks. Rangers from Fort Washington State Park will also be on hand to talk to answer questions and encourage awareness of (and interest in) the Pennsylvania State Park system, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in general.  We hope that our presence at this event encourages people to visit and value state parks. A local falconer, Tom Stanton, will also be on hand to answer questions about raptors and about the sport of falconry.

Elmwood Park Zoo
The Elmwood Park Zoo will teach positive environmental stewardship and provide information to visitors through an EarthFest Main Stage experience and their exhibit booth. The Elmwood Park Zoo was founded in 1924. In 1985, the Norristown Zoological Society became an official non-profit organization, and assumed control of Elmwood Park Zoo from the Borough of Norristown. Today, Elmwood Park Zoo welcomes over 130,000 visitors annually for an educational adventure in a fun, clean, and family-oriented environment.

Evergreen Lane Farm
Evergreen Lane Farm will be showcasing their Aquaponic Growing System and demonstrating how to grow aquaponically. Aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising fish in a contained environment) and hydroponics (growing in a soil-less, recirculating water system). A variety of crops, from specialty salad greens to tomatoes, can be grown. In an aquaponic system, crops are noted to grow two to three times faster than in traditional soil environments.

FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency)
At EarthFest, FEMA will have activities for students young and old focused on identifying flood risk and making better decisions on how to reduce it. FEMA's exhibit will allow participants to play the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)’s FloodManager game and try their hand at managing a community’s flood risk. FloodManager is a scenario-based simulation game, like SimCity or Oregon Trail, developed to teach fundamental floodplain management principles to groups of local development decision makers, resulting in a deeper understanding of the impacts of their decisions on the economic vitality of their community and fostering increased resilience against flooding disasters. For younger visitors, FEMA will have a tabletop model of a floodplain where participants can create their own development and see what the effects are when the river floods. Changing the location of structures, encroachment in the floodway and filling the flood fringe will all have very different results in how and where flooding occurs.

The Franklin Institute
At EarthFest 2018, the Franklin Institute will present the Electricity Tabletop Exploration. Let their Traveling Scientist be your guide through electrifying experiments! This interactive display includes favorites such as the Van de Graaff generator, plasma ball, jumping rings and energy bike. An EarthFest showcase exhibitor, the Franklin Institute provides numerous fun, interactive ways to help kids develop a passion for science.

Gold Medal Environmental
Gold Medal Environmental, headquartered in Deptford, New Jersey, is a waste and recycling services company that offers a complete range of integrated collection, processing and disposal services. Gold Medal’s fleet is 25% compressed natural gas (“CNG”) refuse trucks.  CNG is a readily available alternative to diesel fuel that is made by compressing natural gas to less than 1% of its volume at standard atmospheric pressure. CNG trucks are cleaner, quieter and environmentally friendly.

Green Mountain Energy
Event sponsor Green Mountain Energy is America's oldest and largest renewable energy electric generation supplier. Through choosing their organization to provide renewable electricity, Americans have avoided over 54,067,000,000 pounds of carbon dioxide! Green Mountain will inform individuals about how much impact their houses have on the environment, and explain how using renewable energy can make a positive impact.

Inspire provides homeowners with access to clean power that is good for your home and the environment. Inspire, based in Philadelphia, connects Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts and Ohio to 100-percent wind power.

John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
The John James Audubon Center will share information about Plants for Bird, an Audubon initiative that promotes native plants and their importance to local wildlife. Students will receive a native plant seed to take home. The mission of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove is to educate and inspire people to cherish and protect the natural world, by preserving Audubon’s artistic, scientific and historic legacy and celebrating the conservation movement he inspired while serving the mission of the National Audubon Society, “to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.”

Kimberly-Clark's Right-Cycle program is commited to helping companies become more sustainable. Right-Cycle is a program that allows facilities to collect previously hard-to-recycle products and send them off to become new, eco-responsible items.

MidAtlantic Waterproofing
For over 50 years, Mid-Atlantic Waterproofing has been repairing foundations and drying out basements from Connecticut to Virginia. At EarthFest, MidAtlantic Waterproofing will talk to visitors about problems with their basements and offer free inspections if they are having problems.

Montgomery County Conservation District
The Montgomery County Conservaton District will educate visitors about water and soil conservation. The mission of the Montgomery County Conservation District is to protect and improve the quality of life of the residents of Montgomery County and surrounding communities by providing, in cooperation with others, timely and efficient service, education, and technical guidance, for the wise use of our soil, water, and related resources.

Montgomery County Department of Public Safety
The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety will provide information about being prepared for emergencies and disasters. The mission of the Department of Public Safety is to provide the community with highly professional, well-coordinated public safety services through training, education, communications, planning and management of the response to, and recovery from, natural or man-made disasters.

Montgomery County Health Department
The Montgomery County Health Department will present information on the Department's water quality management programs and water pollution prevention. This interactive display will educate visitors about water pollution, water contaminants, and water conservation practices, including environmental health information related to on-lot well water and sewage disposal systems.

Montgomery County Parks, Trails and Historic Sites
Through hands-on activities, Montgomery County Parks and Heritage Services will encourage children to describe how a given object might be used to reduce our demand on the Earth's resources. The answer to each object is open to interpretation by the students - the object of the activities is to come up with as many ideas as possible.

PECO puts its energy into helping their customers save money. PECO Smart Ideas – a full suite of energy saving programs is designed to help keep more of your hard-earned dollars where they belong … in your wallet. The PECO Smart Ideas team will be on hand with a lighting demonstration and information on energy efficient home appliance and equipment rebates and tips for reducing your home's overall energy consumption. EarthFest 2018 sponsor PECO is doing more than just providing energy, they're working to make a difference in our communities. PECO understands that being a business leader involves more than being a reliable provider of energy services. It also means being an important part of the communities it serves and working to sustain our environment.

PennEnvironment is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy organization. The organization believes there’s something special about Pennsylvania — something worth protecting and preserving for future generations. Whether it’s a beloved river or stream like the Susquehanna or the Wissahickon, our rolling family farmland, or one of our 120 state parks, Pennsylvania’s natural wonders enrich our lives in countless ways. Yet the places we love and the environmental values so many of us share are too often threatened by powerful industries, short-sighted politicians and more. Defending our environment requires independent research, tough-minded advocacy and spirited grassroots action.

PennFuture will be providing materials and education about the importance of the Delaware River and its impact on public health and the effect of climate change impacts on water quality and our waterways. PennFuture is leading the transition to a clean energy economy in Pennsylvania and beyond. The organization is focused on protecting our air, water and land, and empowering citizens to build sustainable communities for future generations.

Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will be on hand with examples of "good" and "bad" bugs. Specialists from the Clean Water and Environmental Cleanups programs will be on hand to talk about protecting the environmental, working for PA DEP and showing examples of from their work. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection is the state agency largely responsible for administering Pennsylvania's environmental laws and regulations. Its responsibilities include: reducing air pollution; making sure our drinking water is safe; protecting water quality in our rivers and streams; making sure waste is handled properly; supporting community renewal and revitalization; promoting advanced energy technology; and helping citizens prevent pollution and comply with the Commonwealth's environmental regulations. DEP is committed to general environmental education and encouraging effective public involvement in setting environmental policy.

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
The PA Fish & Boat Commission will provide resources to help educate participants about the aquatic resources available to them in the Commonwealth. The mission of the PA Fish & Boat Commission is to protect, conserve & enhance the Commowealth's aquatic resources and to provide fishing & boating opportunities.

Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Junior Flower Show is heading on the road! Learn about how you can bring the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Junior Flower Show program to your school. Also learn about the Plant One Million project, led by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS), Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the TreeVitalize program of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, and the Delaware Center for Horticulture.

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
Come see and learn about some of the most amazing animals on Earth! Animals? Yes, insects are animals too. They and their fellow arthropods all play a very important role in balancing our planet. The Insectarium is the country's largest exhibited all arthropod museum. The collections are from all over the world! The Insectarium's extensive live collection demonstrates natural habitats of many unusual insects, trantuals, scorpions and crustaceans.

Plant Ambler
Plant Ambler will provide information about community beautification programs in addition to holding a "mini-essay" contact about flowers and volunteering. Plant Ambler is a community beautification effort staffed entirely by volunteers and supported by donations. Volunteers have been providing displays such as spring pansies, fall mums and winter greens throughout the borough since 1973. The staff experts are always willing to share knowledge about gardening with the “green” newcomers.

ProRanger Philadelphia - National Park Service
The northeast regional office of the U.S. National Park Service will provide information about its "ProRanger" program, a partnership between the National Park Service and the Temple University Criminal Justice Training Program, which is located at the Ambler Campus. The NPS will also provide information about youth employment opportunities, volunteer opportunities at area parks, and displays about protecting natural resources. Learn how you can become involved in the conservation of fragile resources in your national parks. NPS will also share information about national park system units around the country and their water resources.

Renewal by Andersen of Greater Philadelphia
Renewal by Andersen's exhibit will feature a sample window and brochures that have information about our products and services. It will be staffed by one or two representatives who will be on hand to answer any questions. Renewal by Andersen offers energy-efficient replacement windows and patio doors using our patented Fibrex material, 40% of which is clean, reclaimed wood fiber, thus reducing the amount of plastic and vinyl used in the window replacement process.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Established in 1977, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) is an international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Sea Shepherd's mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations. The organization will have onshore volunteers onhand to answer questions and provide outreach educational materials.

Stroud Water Research Center
Stroud Center Education staff will be doing a hands-on activity with macroinvertebrates, microscopes, viewing lenses, and bug identification to help students understand that: These critters live in freshwater streams; they are used as living indicators of stream health; and how kids can look at a stream to read the story of its health, and what they can look for when exploring on their own. Since 1967, Stroud Water Research Center has focused on one thing — fresh water. We seek to advance knowledge and stewardship of freshwater systems through global research, education, and watershed restoration.

Upper Dublin Township
Event sponsor Upper Dublin Township will provide educational information on the sustainable yard waste program, the proper disposal of hazardous and electronic materials and the township's stormwater management program. Upper Dublin will also display the township's large "tub grinder" truck, which is used for land-clearing and wood recycling operations.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is busier than ever planning and carrying out the essential task of beach replenishment all along the coast. Beach replenishment, however, is not as simple just adding sand back to the storm ravaged beaches. Engineers design a template to afford the maximum amount of protection for coastal property. Biologists study the ocean floor to discover where best — and where best not — to extract sand for the replenishment. Using special cameras, mounted on sleds that are towed along the bottom, the biologists look for suitable ‘borrow’ areas, spots that will provide sand of the right texture to match what’s on the beach.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mid-Atlantic Region
If you happen to notice not just one but several U.S. EPA exhibitors at EarthFest 2018, you’re not imagining things. Four divisions of the U.S. EPA office for the Mid-Atlantic Region have joined together to present a variety of important information and experiences. EPA divisions from the Mid-Atlantic Region that will be participating in EarthFest year include Water Protection, Land and Chemicals, Environmental Assessment and Innovation and Hazardous Site Cleanup, who is presenting special tours of a more than 35-foot-long EPA Emergency Mobile Command Vehicle!

Veteran's Field PA
Veteran’s Field PA is a non-profit organization that serves veterans by growing and donating fruits and vegetables to veterans and their families. Additionally, the organization provides an opportunity for "dirt therapy" - an outdoor, peaceful place to connect with other veterans to cultivate emotional and physical health. Part of Veteran's Field's mission is to increase awareness of the importance of sustainable, locally sourced agriculture. They will provide information on its importance to the local economy, the environment, to improving health and for employment opportunities.

Wyncote Audubon Society
The Wyncote Audubon Society will share information about Important Bird Areas, or IBAs, sites that provide essential habitat for one or more species of bird. IBAs include sites for breeding, wintering, and/or migrating birds. IBAs may include public or private lands, or both, and they may be protected or unprotected. The Wyncote Audubon Chapter’s efforts integrate: bird monitoring; engagement of individuals, families and communities in Bird Friendly Communities outreach; education of young people in their Audubon Adventures Clubs with IBA visits, and teaching others about the importance of birds through field trips to the IBA. The Wyncote Audubon Society is one of the oldest nature oriented clubs in North America. Founded in 1914 as the Wyncote Bird Club, the organization became a chapter of the National Audubon Society in 1970.

Yeureka Home Remolding
Yeureka Home Remodeling offers free evaluation to home owners to make their home green friendly. Their products are made from recycled material and are eco-friendly.

Temple University Exhibitors at EarthFest

Ambler Arboretum of Temple University
The Ambler Arboretum will lead garde tours exploring why “All Bugs Aren’t Bad,” which specifically relates to seventh grade curriculum standards in the state. Should this program prove popular we hope to expand it at EarthFest 2019 for additional grades and a variety of topics! Please note: Pre-registration is required for the tours. The Ambler Arboretum of Temple University is an historic public garden within a respected institution of higher education. Its mission is to serve as a living laboratory that promotes love and knowledge of horticulture, understanding of the relationship between people and the environment, and awareness of both the need for and means to achieve greater environmental responsibility.

Aramark at Temple University
Get ready for the Plate Game and learning about making healthy eating choices! From a small vending service to a global corporation, Aramark's commitment to service excellence continues to exceed customer needs.

Center for Inclusive Competitiveness/PA MESA
Students in career technical high schools are partnering with Temple University Engineering students to develop an aquaponics system for middle schoolers. This initiative will address the food desserts in North Philadelphia.

Department of Architecture
The Department of Architecture, part of the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design in the Tyler School of Art, focuses on design in the contexts of culture, technology and stewardship of the built and natural environment with undergraduate degrees in Architecture, Architectural Preservation, and Facilities Management and a professional Master of Architecture degree. Its programs stress critical inquiry and innovation as part of the creative process, teaching students how to intervene in the physical world through carefully considered acts of making. The Department engages the city, exploring and addressing the ethical and social dimensions of architecture and the built environment.

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Temple Engineering's Civil and Environmental Engineering Department offers knowledge to build and design within the natural world around them. The department's exhibit will consist of an earthquake shake table with small balsa-wood model structure, posters related to seismic hazards in the eastern United States, and instrumentation to measure ambient vibrations. This exhibit will promote awareness of earthquakes and its effects on the natural and built environment as well as the ways that civil engineers design earthquake-resilient infrastructure.

Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
The focus of the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture's Design-Build Studios is to provide students the opportunity to build and implement elements of their own design. Students prepare the necessary construction documentation and then actually construct their designs. Working with construction materials enables students to learn the opportunities and limitations of these materials. This "hands-on" approach is vital to understanding the relationship between design and implementation processes.

Department of Planning and Community Development
The Department of Planning and Community Development will showcase selected student projects and provide information about the program and courses focusing on sustainability and environmental issues in addition to offering interactive games for students.

Food Forest Club
The Food Forest Club at Temple University Ambler will share examples of wild growing plants that are edible in addition to providing information about how food forests are developed.

Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Association
The Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Student Association will have an interactive exhibit demonstrating the difference between pervious and impervious surfaces. Teaming up with Pi Alpha Xi, Temple students will also lead visitors in planting their own wildflowers.

Pi Alpha Xi
Pi Alpha Xi is a national honor society for students of Floriculture, Landscape and Ornamental Horticulture.

Society for Ecological Restoration
The Society for Ecological Restoration at Temple University Ambler will provide a plant identification exercise, with a focus on plants that are native to PA. Why natives? By definition, a native Pennsylvania plant is one that grew in Pennsylvania before the European settlers arrived, as opposed to exotic plants which came from other countries after that time period. Natives have many advantages. Because they evolved here, they are well-adapted to our climate and are generally easy to care for once they are established. Many native perennials like less fertile soil and require the addition of little or no fertilizer. Perhaps the most compelling reason to choose natives is to preserve Pennsylvania's biodiversity. Development is rapidly reducing natural areas that shelter a wealth of our native plants; the landscapes that replace the natural areas consist mostly of lawns and exotic plants. Recent research from Dr. Doug Tallamy of the University of Delaware has determined that 90 percent of our native insects are specialists that feed on three or fewer families of plants. The insects rely on native plant hosts and cannot eat the exotic plants that have become common in our yards. A reduction of native insects means that birds have fewer insects to feed to their young, and that will lead to a reduction of bird species. In the next fifty years, what we plant in our yards will determine the kind of wildlife that can live in Pennsylvania. By planting natives, gardeners can help retain our natural history and the beauty and diversity of Penn's Woods.

Temple Community Garden
The Temple Community Garden (TCG) is a student run organization that acts to provide an outlet for innovation and experimentation within urban agriculture. Our mission is to combat the issue of food insecurity within the urban environment by providing the local North Philadelphia community access to sustainably grown produce. The community garden is a public space focused on the development of practical gardening skills. The garden serves as an educational environment where community members/students are encouraged to come and participate in the gardening process. The organization aims to provide insight into sustainable agricultural methods while actively playing a role in enriching the surrounding community.

Temple Planning Student Organization
Planning and Community Development students engage visitors in a sustainability drive, charrette-style site development planning process.

Temple University Ambler Aquaponics
Aquaponics is the cultivation of plants and aquatic animals in a self-sustaining, symbiotic environment. Students and staff have created a fully developed aquaponics garden, which has taken root in the underutilized lower level of West Hall. While traditional commercial aquaponics gardens focus on harvesting both plants and fish, the Ambler aquaponics lab is focused entirely on research, exploring different types of aquaponics set-ups and finding the best balance between fish, plants and nutrients. The lab is fully accredited by the AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care).

Temple University Athletics
Temple Athletics promotes a healthy lifestyle for children by encouraging participation in sports and other outdoor activities through the Owlsports summer camps.

Temple University Center for Obesity Research and Education (CORE)
CORE will promote healthy eating through local produce. Their exhibit will highlight the sugar content in packaged foods. Children will be asked to rank foods based on how much sugar they think each food contains. By buying foods produced locally, you are supporting sustainable producers and promoting farming practices that do not endanger public health. These foods are naturally low in sugar and help reduce diabetes and obesity in children.

Temple University Computer Recycling Center
Temple will provide information on its Computer Recycling Program, which involves recycling computer parts to promote a healthier environment.

Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory
The Temple University Infant and Child Laboratory will incorporate a variety of activities using recyclable materials. These activities will engage children's language, memory, musical, geographical, and spatial skills. In one activity, they will create musical patterns using recyclable materials (plastic bottles, metal cans, cardboard boxes). Children will be asked to repeat the patterns they hear. Each pattern will get progressively longer. The goal is to complete as long a sequence as the child can. Another activity will allow children to use their spatial measurement skills to learn about the depths of the ocean, the various animals living in it, and the impact that trash has on marine life. The Temple University Infant Lab, located at the Ambler Campus, invites parents and their children to help shape the future by participating in research at the frontiers of science. The Lab is directed by nationally recognized child development authorities and professors Dr. Kathy Hirsh-Pasek and Dr. Nora Newcombe. Faculty and staff provide fun-filled activities for infants and toddlers who become part of cutting-edge discoveries. Parents learn more about children's first words and ability to create mental maps. In the lab, infants and toddlers teach scientists new ways to optimize education and advance learning.

Temple University Office of Sustainability
The Office of Sustainability will talk about our various programs and projects that promote sustainability on campus including our recycling programs, bike initiatives, the Rad Dish, sustainable design features on campus, and the Tiny House; provide information about how student and faculty can be more sustainable both on and off campus; and discuss the progress on our Climate Action Plan. As an urban institution that is deeply engaged in the community, Temple University's commitment to sustainability can have a profound impact on the health and quality of life of a large and diverse population within Temple and its surrounding community. The University is positioned to be an important educational resource for teaching sustainability, with its three pillars of environment, economics and social justice. It is committed to demonstrating the value of those principles through its own example and through the activities it sponsors in the community. Temple aims to serve as a model for similar urban institutions and to burnish its national reputation for excellence and commitment to principled policy and action.

Temple University Police Academy
The Police Academy will showcase how the department has changed procedures to lessen the impact on University resources and how we re-purpose items to use in training.

Temple University Summer Programs
Temple’s Summer Education Camps provide a wonderful opportunity for youths to learn about a specific area of interest including environment and sustainability, experience a college campus and have lots of fun at the same time.  Temple Summer Programs will be offering youth summer camps at Ambler Campus, Main Campus and the Center City Campus.

Exhibiting Schools

East Norriton Middle School
East Norriton Middle School students will build an environmentally friendly city showcasing multiple ways that residents can take action to keep our environment healthy and clean.

Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy and Stewart Middle School
Eisenhower Science and Technology Leadership Academy and Stewart Middle School will be exhibiting their city of the future that factors in our changing environment and upcoming sustainability needs.

Lewis C. Cassidy Elementary School
Participants will reuse recycled school supplies (paper clips, erasers paper etc.) along with other materials (pipe cleaners, beads etc.) to make jewelry (bracelets). Lewis C. Cassidy students will emphasize the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling and how it promotes a healthier environment.

Methacton High School/Methacton Electric Car Club
Members of Methacton High School's Methacton Electric Car Club will have their electric car - The Lorax - on hand in addition to a second mobile education vehicle, talk about how they work, and how they are charged by renewable energy. The Methacton Electric Car Club, based in Montgomery County, was developed as a way of fostering technological understanding in a friendly environment.

Philadelphia Academy Charter High School
Ecology students from Philadelphia Academy Charter High School will discuss and present the school's new BioTech lab that incorporates a 300 square foot bio wall and 3,300+ gallon pond systems. One of the tanks has 20 Tilapia in it. They will have iPads that help to show what their program is working on and an example of the classroom aquaponic systems they have built in the class for their middle school.

Upper Dublin High School 
Student groups from Upper Dublin High School will present a variety of projects at EarthFest 2018 related to the event theme of sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Upper Dublin High School's 2018 exhibits include:

  • Nonrenewable Resources: An Impending Disaster

  • Save the Ocean Critters

  • The Power of Renewing

  • A World of Water Pollution

  • Help the Animals

  • The Power Station

  • The Three R's of the Ocean

  • Cleaning Up Our Seas

Upper Merion Area Middle School
As part of Upper Merion Area Middle School's 8th grade science curriculum involving sustainability, the middle school partnered with Riverbend Environmental Education Center to bring Aquaponics to their district. The 8th grade science students are currently immersed in a yearlong project learning about Sustainability through Aquaponics. All 8th grade students are divided into 12 small companies to create and manage a business. The companies are divided into divisions: CEO/CFO, Farmer & Sustainability Analyst, Production, Marketing, Lawyer, and Media. Each division has a division head and approximately 5 - 6 workers. The project is divided into two parts: (1) Basil Lemonade business and (2) Food Truck Challenge. 

William Tennent High School Environmental Club
The William Tennent High School Environment Club will share information about raising trout and test water to ensure a healthy environment for the fish.

Wordsworth Interact Club - Wordsworth Fort Washington
The Wordsworth Interact Club performs various community service projects, such as planting trees in the Wissahickon Valley Watershed, promoting recycling drives, and assisting area schools in their environmental efforts. At EarthFest, the Interact Club will lead young visitors in planting seeds in recycled plastic containers. Wordsworth Interact Club members help visitors to assemble mini terrariums and plant seeds in them to take home. The mini terrariums, known as "Plastic Planet Savers," are made from precut plastic water bottles.