Delaware Canal 21 Executive Director Founds Environmental Film Festival

Delaware Canal 21 announced today that its executive director, Debra Wolf Goldstein, will be stepping down at the end of the month to become the founding executive director of the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival.  The Festival will showcase powerful new environmental shorts and features that entertain, inform and inspire personal action. The inaugural Festival will be held on Earth Day weekend, April 20-23, 2017 and will show a juried slate of dozens of films from around the world that both celebrate natural beauty and raise awareness about our impact on the earth.  In addition to the film lineup, the Festival will include special events, an exciting launch party, a juried competition, awards and opportunities to meet with filmmakers. (See

Ms. Goldstein will continue supporting Delaware Canal 21 as a member of the group’s Advisory Council, joining such members as former Congressman Jim Greenwood; state representative Marguerite Quinn; and  Dr. Vail Garvin, president and CEO of the Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce.

“I’ve greatly enjoyed working with this dynamic group over the last 18 months,” said Goldstein. “Delaware Canal 21 has both the vision and professional expertise to bring the Canal and towpath trail to a whole new level.”

“Our organization has benefited greatly from Debra’s leadership, extensive network of contacts, and creative ideas.  She will be sorely missed,” said Delaware Canal 21 board chair, Allen Black.  He noted that the Board has initiated a search for a new executive director.

About Delaware Canal 21: 
Delaware Canal 21 is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to assure 1) that the Delaware Canal will be fully watered from end to end on a reliable basis; 2) that the Canal receives adequate day-to-day and preventative maintenance and sufficient long-range planning to enable the Canal to be watered reliably; and 3) enhanced public access to the Canal and trail.

Unique in its targeted mission, Delaware Canal 21 helps the state park system identify and implement new ideas, new partnerships, and new funding sources to work towards providing adequate funding, maintenance, and planning for the Canal and towpath trail.