Green Committee

The Green Committee was established in 2001 by parents, our Science and Health teacher, students, and a neighborhood resident to move Cook Wissahickon toward sustainability inside and out. Our goal is to be one of the first "green" retrofitted schools in the Philadelphia School District.


Tree nursery in the Kindergarten playground, 2 raised bed garden plots, a Farm Store with monthly sales of fresh local produce to parents and a Master Landscaping Plan completed by Viridian Landscape Studio (2009).

Click on the link below to see the plan.

Landscaping Plan

To read an article by the Community Design Colaborative about our green plans, click on Green Horizons for Cook-Wissahickon School.

Current Initiatives

Green Committee

Please see the attached table: Event Plan

Ink Cartridge Recycling

The 8th grade class is collecting used ink cartridges, cell phones, and/or PDA's, which they send to a company called Funding Factory. The company recycles the products and sends us a check, which the 8th graders will use to offset graduation dues. Please contact Mrs. Powers:

Recent Initiatives

During the 2008 - 2009 school year the Wissahickon Sustainability Council, Green Committee, has promoted the following Green events:

Green Flea Market & Eco-Fair

Vine Cutting Celebration on Earth Day,
Earth Day Bags Projec
Art Show and Silent Auction

To read more about it and see our pictures click on Green Events.

Related Initiatives

Support legislation to reduce plastic bag and styrofoam waste in the City of Philadelphia:

Parent Video

The Story of Stuff .


Abby Pelcyger, Science and Health Teacher
Jeanne Barrett Ortiz, Parent

Remaining 2009 Meetings

April 14, Science Room

May 4, TBA (End of year celebration)

June 4, Science Room


To become a member, please email Jeanne Barrett Ortiz at