Environmental Ownership

Target IV: Environmental Ownership

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will implement high impact programs to provide healthy environments and improve the quality of life in the underserved communities.

Chairman : Stephanie Marsh

 

The AKA 1908 Playground Project℠ will be launched to ensure children have safe and inviting places to play. Sorority members will restore and renew 1,908 existing community and school playgrounds with its Restore, Refresh and Renew Project℠.

Co-Chairmen: Ruth Glover Butler and Carol Rice

Through its Acts of Green Program℠ members will promote environmental sustainability by encouraging recycling, litter prevention and waste management through daily green efforts in local communities.

Chairman : Stephanie Marsh

We engage in numerous sustainability-related activities and events.   Last year, we distributed 250 AKA Omega Omega recyclable bags to chapter members.  This year, we distributed 400 recyclable bags to community Health Fair participants and Shredding Event participants.  At the same event, our Committee distributed 90 recycling bins to community participants held at the John F. Street Community Center.

In another service project, Environmental Ownership members collected 284 almost empty nail polish bottles from Chapter and Delta Mu Chapter members that were either exchanged with each or disposed of due to containment of toxic chemicals.  The leftover bottles were recycled at a Household Hazardous Waste event.

On a semi-annual basis, we spearhead a shredding event for chapter members and the City of Philadelphia community.  We partner with Larry Farmbry of Farmbry & Associates, a Financial Consulting Firm, Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and the City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Office of Sustainability.  Boy Scout Troop 133 is assisting us at our next event.

At every Chapter meeting, we distribute GRID Magazine which is a free, monthly print publication focused on sustainability issues and initiatives in the Greater Philadelphia area.
This year from March through June 2016, we tracked our individual “Acts of Green”sm on a monthly basis by requesting our chapter members to complete a survey of 20 acts of green that they may have engaged.  Each month, the results were tallied.

Upcoming Events/Projects:  Our semi-annual shredding event is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2016 from 10 a.m. – noon at Overbrook Presbyterian Church, Lancaster and City Avenues.  Larry Farmbry and Associates is the sponsor.  Boy Scout Troop 133 is assisting our chapter members.  We are collecting backpacks for school children and canned goods for the church’s feeding program.  Voter registration will occur on-site. Mental Health materials will be available for community participants.

At the November 5th Chapter meeting, we are will be collecting magazines (all kinds – Ebonys, cooking, home design, travel, business, scientific, architecture, fashion, etc.) for exchange with other members. Left over magazines will be either donated by A.S.C.E.N.D.sm members to St. Ignatius Nursing Home residents or recycled.