Events Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:54:00 -0500 en <![CDATA[Litter Free philly]]> February 18, 2019 11:00AM 1:00PM

The L'tter Free Philly Coalition includes Clean Water Action of Pennsylvania and the Southeastern PA Group of the Sierra Club

Learn what we are doing to change our single use plastic bag culture to a reusable environmentally friendly bag culture. 

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 15:50:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Panel Discussion on How Philly Can Fight Climate Change]]> February 19, 2019 6:00PM 8:00PM

Green Philly is hosting an panel discussion about the landmark IPCC Climate Report and US Climate Reports with Franklin Institute’s Environmental Scientist, Dr. Rachel Valletta, who will break down the reports, focusing on how climate change is affecting the greater Philadelphia region. Local entrepreneur Judy Wicks and PennEnvironment’s Flora Cardoni will join the discussion about what Philadelphia can do about it, including actionable takeaways for the audience. For more information, please visit our event on TicketLeap.

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:54:00 -0500
<![CDATA[From Stream to Sewer: A History of Philadelphia’s Landscape]]> February 20, 2019 6:00PM 7:30PM

Join us for a Weeknights at the Wagner lecture by:

Adam Levine, Historical Consultant for the Philadelphia Water Department

As we walk around the city of Philadelphia, few of us think about the hidden world of streams that once meandered across the city. Adam Levine will present a fascinating illustrated lecture that will uncover part of the city’s history that few people ever think about – the drastic changes made in the urban landscape since the city’s founding in 1682. Levine has been digging into the history of the city’s sewers and drainage systems since 1998. His talk will focus on the systematic obliteration of hundreds of miles of city streams—including Cohocksink Creek in the Wagner’s vicinity, Mill Creek in West Philadelphia, and Wingohocking Creek in Germantown. These streams, with watersheds that covered thousands of acres, were wiped off the city’s map, buried deep underground in pipes as large as 20 feet in diameter to serve as main drainage arteries in the city’s 3,000 mile sewer system. The combined flow of sewage and stormwater in these pipes, which periodically overflow, has environmental repercussions that are still being dealt with today—not only in Philadelphia, but in any older city with a similar sewer system. This lecture is guaranteed to reveal a side of urban infrastructure you have never seen, and change the way you think about cities in general.

Museum open until the talk begins at 6 p.m. Registration is free, but donations ($5 suggested) are welcomed at the door!

More information and registration

About Adam Levine:

Adam Levine, a historical consultant for the Philadelphia Water Department and webmaster of, is the expert on all things water (or sewer) related in Philadelphia. Levine has been digging into the history of the city’s sewers and drainage systems since 1998. He is also editor in chief of PHS Grow, the magazine of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, and author of five books on gardening.

Image: Mill Creek Sewer between 47th St. and Haverford Ave. Looking northwest, 1887. Source: Philadelphia Water Department Historical Collection

Tue, 15 Jan 2019 17:00:10 -0500
<![CDATA[2019 Edmund N. Bacon Awards + Talk | honoring Jennifer Keesmaat]]> February 21, 2019 6:30PM 8:30PM

"A city isn't something that happens to you. You make choices everyday that shape and make your city." - Jennifer Keesmaat

Join the Center for Architecture and Design in honoring Jennifer Keesmaat and the student winners of the 2019 Better Philadelphia Challenge at the 13th annual Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Awards + Talk. Keesmaat is the former Chief Planner for the city of Toronto, Ontario, and host of the podcast Invisible City. Her work in Toronto has focused on walkability, affordable housing, and initiating conversations with the community to get them involved in the planning process.

This year's Better Philadelphia Challenge asked student entrants how the design of public space in the neighborhood around McPherson Square, from sidewalks and streets to landscaping and street furniture, could help address the effects of the opioid epidemic, make the community safer, and improve quality of life for those in the neighborhood. Come meet the winning teams and see their visions for Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood.

The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception for all in attendance.

With the purchase of a VIP ticket, we invite you to join us and the award winners before the ceremony at 5:00 PM for our VIP Reception which will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and live music. In attendance will be Jennifer Keesmaat, the competition winners, local dignitaries, and our built-environment focused sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible.

     5:00 - 6:15 PM | VIP Reception (requires VIP ticket)
     6:30 - 7:45 PM | Awards Ceremony + Talk
     7:45 - 8:30 PM | Coffee + Dessert Reception

TICKETS: click here to purchase
     $175 | VIP Ticket (includes VIP Reception)
     $25 | General Admission
     $15 | Early Bird General Admission (til 1/31)
     $5 | College Students w/ valid ID
     FREE | High School Students w/ valid ID
     *email a photo of your VALID student ID to for discount code

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About The Edmund N. Bacon Awards + Talk
Founded in 2006, the annual Edmund N. Bacon Memorial Awards honors an accomplished figure who has made significant contributions to the fields of urban planning, development, and design through conviction of vision, effective communication, and commitment to improving their community.

This awards ceremony also honors the winners of the annual Better Philadelphia Challenge which asks university-level students from around the world to design innovative solutions for Philadelphia's neighborhoods, abandoned land, and infrastructure issues which present modern-day design challenges. The solutions to these challenges may be broadly applicable to other aging industrialized cities around the world.

Learn More About Edmund N. Bacon

Tue, 08 Jan 2019 17:56:14 -0500
<![CDATA[The Hot Spots and Storied Plots]]> February 22, 2019 10:00AM 12:00PM

In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead? Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “The Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday and Second Saturday tour series.
The walking tour will take place on Saturday, February 9 at 10:00am, departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $12/person; $10/students and seniors; or $9/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online.
Fri, 25 Jan 2019 17:14:55 -0500
<![CDATA[The Underground Railroad Quilt Code – Fact or Fiction?]]> February 23, 2019 10:00AM 12:00PM

Sharon Tindall, an advocate and educator of African history expressed through quilt code, shares her passion to preserve African heritage. Ms. Tindall shared “before conducting research on the existence of the Underground Railroad quilt codes, I had to examine the authenticity of textile and quilt codes and how they delivered slaves into the Promised Land.” To authenticate African quilt code, she has written and been awarded grant funding to extend her research on quilt code messages in fabric and cotton’s history. Moreover, as a grant fund awardee, she has traveled extensively to research African coded messages in fabric and cotton’s history. It has been her dream to share the passion of quilt codes and inspire future generations to carry on the rich culture and legacy of African art and tradition.

In Ms. Tindall’s quilt theme “The Underground Railroad Quilt Code, fact or fiction, is there proof?,” she takes the participants through a journey of African ancestry by incorporating all senses of the history of cotton, spinning cotton into thread, weaving the thread into cloth, and creating a narrative about the revelation of quilt codes. The quilt codes are symbolic of hidden messages from which slaves could glean whether or not they were a taste away from freedom or danger was within the shadows.

Thu, 10 Jan 2019 11:54:40 -0500
<![CDATA[Philly Transit Equity Day]]> February 23, 2019 1:00PM 4:00PM

This February 22nd is Octavius Catto's 180th birthday. Known for his work desegregating Philly's trolley system, Octavius Catto's actions affirmed that everyone has a right to equal access of public transit.

Join us to celebrate Catto and others who have dedicated their work to transit equity. At our birthday party you can 

  • Sign our birthday card for Octavius Catto and discuss how we can improve public transportation in Philadelphia

  • Hear from local transit advocates

  • Eat cake

  • Play family friendly party games

  • Learn about Philly transit history

  • And more!

The event is ADA accessible and easy to get to by bus, trolley, train, bike, or foot. Find easy biking, walking, and public transit directions here

Interested in riding your bike there? Join the group ride. (Details on their way.)

Can't make it? Tell us what needs to change now to make public transportation fair for everyone here.

The Philadelphia Transit Equity Coalition represents local community, environmental and workers justice organizations including: 350 Philadelphia, People’s Emergency Center, Clean Air Council, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, Philadelphia Climate Works Coalition, 5th Square, Sierra Club Ready for 100, POWER and more. 

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 11:48:50 -0500
<![CDATA[Impact of Racism & Trauma and Learning How to Work with People Who Have Been Traumatized]]> February 26, 2019 9:00AM 12:30PM

DVRPC’s Healthy Communities Task Force is excited to announce that registration for the first round of racial equity workshops has begun!  The workshop, The Impact of Racism and Trauma and Learning How to Work with People Who Have Been Traumatized, will be offered on both Wednesday, January 30th and Tuesday, February 26th from 9:00am to 12:30pm at DVRPC.  The workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Jade Logan, Ph.D., ABPP, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Chestnut Hill College and counselor with The Ladipo Group. Registration and more details are available at:

About the Workshop

Historically, people from underrepresented groups have encountered ongoing experiences of oppression throughout their lifetimes.  These experiences have impacted their mental health and the social conditions in which they live. The first workshop has three major objectives:

  1. Participants will gain an understanding of the historical and political underpinnings of racism and classism and how these ideals continue to impact communities today;
  2. The facilitator will introduce the concept of racial trauma and explore the impact of racial trauma on individuals and communities in which we work; and

  3. Participants will be given strategies to learn how to effectively communicate with those who have been traumatized.

The facilitator will use case examples, small group discussions, and role-plays to engage participants throughout the workshop.  The overarching goal will be to provide a historical context to facilitate understanding and inform effective communication and interactions.

Mon, 14 Jan 2019 14:01:14 -0500