Events http://planphilly.com/events Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:38:50 -0400 en <![CDATA[A Woodworker’s Retreat: George Nakashima’s Arts Building and Cloister]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/05/31/a-woodworker-s-retreat-george-nakashima-s-arts-building-and-cloister May 31, 2017 2:00PM June 30, 2017 4:00PM

This exhibition explores the significance of the Arts Building and Cloister, a structure designed by woodworker George Nakashima and built on his property in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The Arts Building and Cloister is one of over a dozen designs Nakashima built on his property to support his woodworking efforts and to house his family. Both traditional in terms of craft techniques and radical in terms of its experimental roof structure, has been the focus of an intense study to assess its history, condition and future.

Works on view will include original design drawings and studies for the building, period photographs and a few surprises.

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Fri, 14 Apr 2017 16:20:08 -0400
<![CDATA[Economic Impact of Tourism in the Greater Philadelphia Region]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/27/economic-impact-of-tourism-in-the-greater-philadelphia-region June 27, 2017 9:30AM 1:00PM

AGENDA

  9:30 AM    Coffee and Networking

10:00 AM     Welcome & Introductions, Michael Boyer, Associate Director of Planning, DVRPC 

Greater Philadelphia’s Hospitality and Tourism Economy 

Mary Bell, Manager of Demographic and Economic Analysis, DVRPC 

Ms. Bell will discuss the findings of a recently-released DVRPC Data Snapshot on Greater Philadelphia’s hospitality and tourism economy, including information on annual visitation; hospitality and tourism-related employment; and the industry’s overall economic impact. 

State of Tourism in New Jersey 

Jake Buganski, Acting Executive Director, New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism

The Division of Travel and Tourism successfully supports and markets New Jersey’s $44.1 billion tourism industry through its unique marketing, advertising, and promotional campaigns. In addition to its promotional activities, the Division maintains vital partnerships with tourism members and Destination Marketing Organizations throughout New Jersey, provides marketing grants promoting tourism, and acts as an information portal. Mr. Buganski will highlight the activities of the department and explain how the agency plans to attract a new generation of tourists. 

Selling the Bucks County Tourist Experience 

Paul Bencivengo, Vice President, Visit Bucks County    

Visit Bucks County is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County,  Pennsylvania. Visit Bucks County provides information on the many activities offered; places to see, stay, and eat in Bucks County; and how to o and between destinations. Mr. Bencivengo will speak about the overall mission for the agency and the economic impact that tourism has had on the county and its many communities.

Food and Wine Tourism in Southern New Jersey 

Devon Perry, Executive Director, Visit South Jersey  

Visit South Jersey is the Official Visitors Guide for the South Jersey Tourism Corporation. Located in Camden County, Visit South Jersey markets and promotes activities offered and publishes the South Jersey Visitors Guide. Ms. Perry will talk about Southern New Jersey tourism and the tremendous economic impact of the growing food and wine industry in the southern portion of the state.  

11:30 AM     Discussion 

The panel will take questions and a discussion will take place as we share strategies and ideas on what your community or organization is doing to foster tourism. 

12:00 PM     Adjournment and Lunch

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:17:13 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Historical Commission Architectural Committee Meeting]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/27/philadelphia-historical-commission-architectural-committee-meeting-14 June 27, 2017 9:30AM 1:30PM

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Wed, 18 Jan 2017 16:56:59 -0500
<![CDATA[Land Bank Board of Directors Meeting]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/27/land-bank-board-of-directors-meeting June 27, 2017 10:30AM 11:30AM

Agenda

1. Roll Call

2. Public Comment

3. Memorandum of Understanding Between the Philadelphia Land Bank, The City of Philadelphia, Philadelphia School District and Philadelphia Gas Works to Coordinate the Handling of Tax Delinquent Real Estate Properties

4. Delegation of Limited Authority to Land Bank Staff for Acquisition of Tax Sale Properties in Accordance with Strategic Plan

5. Adjournment

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:10:06 -0400
<![CDATA[Paris Postmortem: How to Make Philly a Clean & Energy Efficient City]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/27/paris-postmortem-how-to-make-philly-a-clean-energy-efficient-city June 27, 2017 5:15PM 6:45PM

Green Philly is continuing the series of live events to give our community an in-depth perspective of current sustainability issues.

Despite the US pulling out of the Paris Climate Agreement on a federal level (and other recent political events...), there's more we can do as individuals, businesses and a city. This Beyond the Blog event will bring together local energy leaders to share best practices for saving energy and financial/tax incentives to create a more valuable and energy-efficient home or office.

Whether you are a homeowner, renter, or a small business owner, you will learn about different options available to save on energy financially and reduce the energy used or lost. Also, find out how you can be a better advocate for energy efficiency in your community.

Agenda:

5:15 - 5:45: Registration / Networking

5:45 - 6:45: Panel discussion


Panelists:

  • Paul Spiegel, President, Practical Energy Solutions

  • Alex Dews, Director, Delaware Valley Green Building Council

  • Andrew Kirchner, Sr. Director of Product, Inspire

  • Micah Gold-Markel, Solar States

  • Amanda Warwood, Energy Analyst, City of Philadelphia Energy Office

Sponsors:

Inspire 

Venue Host:

Friends Center

Please join us after the panel at Inspire's offices in the Graham Building for a networking happy hour and to hear a little about some clean energy products you can get locally. (Inspire: 30 South 15th St., Ste 1400; Philadelphia, PA 19102)

Tickets here

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:39:31 -0400
<![CDATA[Sip 'N Slides]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/27/sip-n-slides June 27, 2017 5:30PM 8:00PM

Help advance great projects for Philly neighborhoods and see what community-engaged design can do! Join us for a happy hour and six fast-paced presentations by emerging designers and community leaders from the Community Design Collaborative, Citizens Planning Institute (CPI), and Philadelphia Emerging Architects (PEA).  Register

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Wed, 07 Jun 2017 07:53:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Olde Richmond Civic Association Monthly Meeting]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/27/olde-richmond-civic-association-monthly-meeting-5 June 27, 2017 7:30PM 8:30PM

Meet with Olde Richmond Civic Association neighbors to discuss Port Richmond news, events & concerns.

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:32:47 -0400
<![CDATA[Forward Equitable Development Conference]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/28/forward-equitable-development-conference June 28, 2017 8:30AM 5:00PM


FORWARD EQUITABLE DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE: BUILDING STRONGER NEIGHBORHOODS NOW AND FOR THE FUTURE

Join more than 200 community developers, educators, artists, health care providers and researchers committed to working toward a more equitable Philadelphia on Wednesday, June 28th for our first annual full-day Equitable Development Conference. The day will be split between the Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) and its neighbor across the street, Temple University - Center City Campus.  The opening keynote address will be given by Dr. Mindy Fullilove, author of Rootshock.  Learn more about Dr. Fullilove here. Registration includes breakfast, lunch, and a networking event at Dilworth Park Beer Garden.

In addition to the keynote by Mindy Fullilove, and a panel discussion on gentrification, there will be a series of afternoon workshops (details forthcoming). View a full agenda for the day, including the concurrent workshops and roundtables here.

PACDC would like to thank Public Health Management Corporation, Temple University Center City, the Philadelphia Division of Housing and Community Development and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia for partnering in the planning and convening of the Equitable Development Conference.

WHEN
June 28, 2017 at 8:30am - 5pm
WHERE
Public Health Management Corporation 
1500 Market St
Lower Mezzanine
Philadelphia, PA 19102
United States
Google map and directions
CONTACT
Mac Ferrick · cferrick@pacdc.org · (215) 732-5829 ex. 103

Event site: http://www.pacdc.org/forwardequitable_dev

Workshops:

Registration, Breakfast and Networking
PACDC Membership Meeting & Briefing on Rebuild Philadelphia

Initiative ( Presenters: David Gould, Deputy Director, Community Engagement and Communications; Kira Strong, Deputy Director, Design and Construction; Nicole Westerman, Executive Director)

Opening Keynote: Dr. Mindy Fullilove

"Fullilove has spent the past 30 years investigating how broken connections between various parts of cities harm public health and, more recently, exploring ways to reconnect them" -The New York Times

Post-Keynote Panel Discussion

Gentrification: How the Research Meets the Streets

As Philadelphia’s building boom continues, gentrification is still on a lot of
minds. Is gentrification really happening, or are fears overblown? On this
panel, researchers will present their findings while practitioners will speak from their on the ground perspective. Panelists: Eileen Divrigni, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia; Emily Dowdall, Reinvestment Fund; Elhadje Ndiaye, City of Philadelphia Division of Housing and Community Development; and Sarah Yeung, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation. Moderator: Beth McConnell, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations

Temple University, Center City Campus

1515 Market Street, 3rd Floor

Lunch at the Community Development Market Place Round I: Concurrent Workshops and Roundtables

Snack Break in Community Development Market Place

Round II: Concurrent Workshops and Roundtables

Snack Break in Community Development Market Place

Round III: Concurrent Workshops and Roundtables
Networking and Relaxation at Dilworth Park Beer Garden – City Hall


Brownfields + Subsidence + Sea Level Rise + Love = Eastwick

Panelists: Ashley Di Caro, Interface Studio; Mindy Fullilove, University of Orange; Molly Kaufman, University of Orange; Aubrey Murdock, University of Orange

Eastwick is a neighborhood in Southeast Philadelphia challenged by brownfields, subsidence and sea level rise, but dearly loved by its residents. The neighborhood is in the process of examining the ways in which the reuse of key parcels can kick start solutions to this array of problems. Planners, designers, and a team of ecologists, business development experts and community engagement strategists are working with residents on the ground in leading the effort. This workshop will present the challenges facing the neighborhood and invite participants to discuss the ways in which the neighborhoods they come from are dealing with one or more of these issues.

Community Control: Sustaining Affordability through Community Land Trusts

Panelists: Christi Clark, Women's Community Revitalization Project; John Davis, Burlington Associates; Nora Lichtash, Women’s Community Revitalization Project

In this interactive workshop, participants will learn the civil rights origins of Community Land Trusts and identify local applications of the land trust model to preserve affordability as neighborhoods across the city face change and the threat of gentrification and displacement.

Integrated Health and Wellness Services at the Neighborhood Level

Panelists: Angie Alomor-Gilbert, Public Health Management Corporation; Dinetta Armstrong, Public Health Management Corporation

This session will outline the Public Health Management Corporation’s programs, provide examples of populations served and define how integrated health services benefit both families and communities. These services include behavioral health as well as primary care. They focus on keeping families together, making families healthy and productive in their own communities. The focus is to make necessary services available, accessible and affordable to all people. PHMC also is working to integrate services to make receiving treatment convenient and comprehensive, to promote wellness through a proactive approach, and reduce the incidences of physical or behavioral crisis.

JumpStart Your Neighborhood: How to Grow Developers Locally

Panelists: Casey O’Donnell, Impact Services Corporation; Ken Weinstein, Philly Office Retail; Carolyn Placke, Philadelphia LISC

The JumpStart model started in Germantown as a way to reduce blight and keep wealth local, and is now expanding to other neighborhoods as a successful model of community development through mentoring, connecting, and funding local aspiring developers. Learn about this innovative social enterprise and its potential impact on neighborhoods.

Using Data to Promote Equitable Development: A Guided Exercise

Panelists: Emily Dowdall, Reinvestment Fund; Angel Rodriguez, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha; Ken Steif, Urban Spatial

Datasets related to housing, health, and other topics can create a more detailed and accurate picture of neighborhood-level conditions then Census estimates, and thus represent a unique resource for targeting equitable development policies. Presenters will walk participants through an insider’s tour of data analysis at the neighborhood level.

What Does Fair Housing Have to Do with Equitable Development and My Community?

Panelists: Kyle Flood, Philadelphia Housing Authority; Will Gonzalez, Ceiba; Paul Chrystie, Division of Housing and Community Development; Rasheedah Phillips, Community Legal Services; Dan Urevick-Ackelsberg, Public Interest Law Center; Sarah Yeung, Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation

Where you live matters. The City of Philadelphia’s 2016 Assessment of Fair Housing process collected strategies and goals across neighborhoods to create a living, relevant plan to create a city of opportunity. Attendees will learn from community organizers and representatives from the Division of Housing and Community Development and the Philadelphia Housing Authority how the plan tackles barriers to opportunities for housing, transportation, education, and health. Come away with the answer to the question, "What can fair housing do for my community?"

The Danger of the Opt Out: Preserving Affordable Rental Housing

Panelists: Rachel Garland, Community Legal Services; Rasheedah Phillips, Community Legal Services

Presentation and discussion of the risk of losing thousands of subsidized housing units in Philadelphia over the next 20 years, the racial impact of this loss, and potential strategies to preserve and stabilize affordable housing. Presenters will explicitly address racial inequity in decisions made around preservation of affordable housing, and present and discuss creative strategies for addressing preservation of affordable housing in both disinvested neighborhoods and neighborhoods experiencing gentrification.

Neighborhood Business Districts and Equitable Development

Panelists: Alex Balloon, Tacony CDC; Stephanie Michel, North 5th Street Revitalization Project

This session will apply principles of equitable development to efforts to revitalize neighborhood business districts, exploring the range of efforts being undertaken along diverse commercial corridors to support small business development, attract new businesses, and expand customers.

Sowing Community Ownership through Grassroots Planning

Panelists: Helen Brown, Project HOME; Woo Kim, WRT Design; Ed McColly, Project HOME; Janet Stearns, Project HOME

In one of the poorest zip codes in Philadelphia, a small group of residents and stakeholders are working hard to seed neighborhood transformation by cultivating words into action, promises into projects and, most importantly, decades of pessimism into hope and activism.

Stories of Community: An Arts-Based Approach to Neighborhood Planning

Panelist: Lisa Jo Epstein, Just Act

The complex work of neighborhood revitalization needs all hands on deck to address and advance lasting neighborhood change—residents, community developers, educators, small and large businesses and artists. This workshop will explore innovative ways neighborhood organizations are powering up local engagement and activism into meaningful action in collaboration with artists. Leading this interactive session will be Lisa Jo Epstein, Ph.D., founder of JustAct, an art and social change organization.

We Get the Job Done: Workforce Development for Equitable Communities

Panelists: Sheila Ireland, West Philadelphia Skills Initiative; Lisa Varon, PowerCorps PHL

Real equity begins on payday. Learn how local groups are building skills and opportunities to address improving that payday for low-income Philadelphians through workforce development.

Community Care and Community Development: A Conversation on the Intersections of Community Wellness, Social Work and Community Development

Panelists: Wanda Mial, Mialstones Consulting; Caitlin O'Brien, Scattergood Foundation; Zoe Van Orsdol, Impact Services Corporation

This roundtable will feature staff from CDCs, social work agencies and Trauma informed care professionals exploring the historical, clinical and on-the-ground experiences of efforts to holistically address individual and community needs and the challenges and opportunities of undertaking this work as a community development strategy.

Exploring Restorative Justice Practices in Developing Equitable Communities

Panelists: Drick Boyd, Eastern University; Kendra Brooks, Eastern University

This session will engage community developers in rethinking engagement and planning practices through a restorative framework for building equitable development. Restorative practices allow all stakeholders the opportunity to be heard, thus strengthening communication towards building stronger and more cohesive communities. Participants will learn techniques and insights on how to break-down mistrust and fear while building environments of supportive listening and mutual goal setting within the context of building more inclusive and adaptable communities.

Making the Deal Work: Gap Financing for Affordable Housing Development

Panelists: Dave Buches, Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh; Bryce Maretzki, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency; Stephanie Wall, People’s Emergency Center CDC

Explore state and local sources of gap (or soft) financing from the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program, Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, and City of Philadelphia for affordable housing development, and how decision makers and community developers implement these resources on the ground, using the People’s Emergency Center CDC's 4050 Apartments as a case study.

Social Impact and Public-Sector Partnerships: A Local Example

Panelists: Greg Heller, Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority; James Wright, People’s Emergency Center CDC

This session will explore the role the public sector can play in incentivizing developers, who are building on publicly-owned land, to design projects that have a positive impact on the communities where they are located. The panel will also include the perspective of a community developer engaged in these issues on the ground locally.

Strengthening America’s Middle Neighborhood

Panelists: Joe McNeely, McNeely Legal Services; Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, Philadelphia City Council

Between the strong and rebounding neighborhoods and the distressed neighborhoods in America's cities are Middle Neighborhoods, communities that house modest-income Americans, often a more diverse population than the city at large, and lots of "naturally occurring affordable housing" that could go either way, into growth or decline. This category of neighborhoods has received virtually no strategic attention in decades. To build and sustain the middle class, these middle neighborhoods need focused interventions and investment in order to thrive. Join the discussion and learn strategies to address the situations that middle neighborhoods face.

The Fund for Quality: Developing and Sustaining High Quality Early Childhood Education Centers

Panelists: LaToshia Sanders, Public Health Management Corporation; Ashley Motta, Reinvestment Fund

High quality early education is a crucial factor to ensuring that young people can grow to successful adults. Community organizations and neighborhood action groups are increasingly faced with the lack of available quality education choices in their local communities. This workshop will explore the Fund for Quality, a vibrant funding and technical assistance program that seeks to advance the depth and breadth of quality and impact for early learning centers throughout the city. 

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 12:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Citywide Energy Vision Engagement Session]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/28/citywide-energy-vision-engagement-session-1 June 28, 2017 4:00PM 5:30PM

As part of the update to Greenworks, Philadelphia’s sustainability plan, the Office of Sustainability (OOS) set a long-term vision for a city where all Philadelphians efficiently use clean energy that they can afford. To move us toward this future, OOS has been working with issue experts and stakeholders to develop a comprehensive citywide energy vision (actions the city and others can undertake to move Philadelphia toward a clean, affordable, and healthy energy future) and a municipal energy master plan (strategies and investments local government can make to reduce energy costs and usage in its own buildings, as well as promote renewable energy).

In this session, OOS will update interested residents and stakeholders on the status of the visioning process, including outcomes from the May listening session, online survey, and analysis completed by OOS staff and consultants on the future of Philadelphia’s energy system. OOS will discuss a draft outline of a citywide energy vision report and solicit feedback from attendees on next steps.

OOS will be holding two engagement sessions in June: Saturday, June 24th (10-11:30 AM) and Wednesday, June 28 (4 to 5:30PM). Please RSVP for only one of the two sessions. The agendas will be identical.

Saturday, June 24th (10-11:30AM), 1515 Arch Street, Floor 18

Wednesday, June 28 (4 to 5:30PM), 1515 Arch Street, Floor 18

Please RSVP for only one of the two sessions. The agendas will be identical.

We hope to see you soon! If you want to get in touch with us in the meantime, please email sustainability@phila.gov.

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:38:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Urban Riders: Lecture by Mohamed Bourouissa]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/28/urban-riders-lecture-by-mohamed-bourouissa June 28, 2017 6:30PM 7:30PM

In celebration of his exhibition at the Barnes, Mohamed Bourouissa discusses his work with Philadelphia’s Fletcher Street Urban Riding Club, addressing urban aesthetics, gentrification, the post-industrial landscape, and the transformation of the environment through community and social justice.

Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders features approximately 85 works—including drawings, photos, costumes, sculptures, and a video—many presented for the first time in the US. Since 2002, Bourouissa (b. 1978, Algeria; lives and works in Paris) has been developing a photography practice, drawing, and creating video rooted in social reality. Working primarily with representations of a contemporary urban environment, he is interested in the stereotypes associated with geographic and social spaces. Inspired by painting and contemporary photography, his works interweave fictional and documentary threads.

In 2014, for his first project in the US, Bourouissa focused his attention on a North Philadelphia community’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization. His response included designing, staging, filming, and photographing an equestrian event, which he called "Horse Day," at a local stable: his photographs and film show extravagantly costumed young riders and their decorated mounts as fantastic figures, transcending their economic circumstances. This exhibition showcases the body of work—already acclaimed in Paris, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam—that Bourouissa inspired and created during his stay in Philadelphia.

Tickets here

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:24:00 -0400
<![CDATA[South of South Neighborhood Association Board of Directors Meeting.]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/28/south-of-south-neighborhood-association-board-of-directors-meeting-5 June 28, 2017 7:00PM 9:00PM

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 13:03:24 -0400
<![CDATA[South Kensington Community Partners Zoning Meeting]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/28/south-kensington-community-partners-zoning-meeting-10 June 28, 2017 7:00PM 8:00PM

The agenda is an application for a 4-story structure with 14 residential dwelling units and ground floor commercial space.

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 14:04:33 -0400
<![CDATA[Environmental Roundtable: The Future of Recycling and Act 101]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/29/environmental-roundtable-the-future-of-recycling-and-act-101 June 29, 2017 4:00PM 6:00PM

Join the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) and the Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) for a roundtable discussion about the future of recycling in Pennsylvania. Hear from top experts about the state of the recycling industry, the environmental and financial impact of Pennsylvania recycling programs, and challenges to sustaining and growing recycling in Pennsylvania. Share your thoughts on questions like:

  • Is it time to update or overhaul Act 101, the state's mandatory recycling law?
  • How can we make it easier for consumers to know what materials to recycle?
  • Is single stream still the way to go or is increasing contamination a threat?
  • How do we fix the e-waste recycling program and the Covered Device Recycling Act?
  • Given changes in consumer behavior and the markets for recyclable commodities, should mandatory recycling programs be focusing on a narrower variety of materials?
  • How do we encourage more recycling in small businesses without imposing prohibitive costs?

Following the roundtable, attendees are invited to network with members of SBN and PRC and their guests while enjoying local snacks and beverages.

Moderator: David Hess, Director of Policy and Communications, Crisci Associates; Former Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

Panelists:

  • Prof. John C. Dernbach, Commonwealth Professor of Environmental Law and Sustainability, Director, Environmental Law and Sustainability Center, Widener University, Commonwealth Law School
  • Nancy J. Fromnick, Chester County Recycling Coordinator, Chester County Solid Waste Authority
  • Fern Gookin, Director of Sustainability, Revolution Recovery LLC, Philadelphia
  • Larry Holley, Manager, Division of Waste Minimization and Planning, PA Department of Environmental Protection
  • Justin Stockdale, PRC Western Regional Director
  • John G. Waffenschmidt,Vice President of Environmental Science and Community Affairs, Covanta Energy

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) is a non-profit membership organization working to build a thriving, local and sustainable economy in the region. SBN’s 400 members are locally-owned businesses committed to doing well through environmentally and/or socially-focused enterprises. Through their products, services, and/or internal practices, SBN’s members exemplify how business can be a force for good. 

Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) is Pennsylvania’s oldest grassroots environmental organization. Since 1939 we have worked to protect the Commonwealth’s resources for future generations through environmental education, recycling and waste diversion programs, anti-litter campaigns and much more. Navigate the pages below to find more about PRC’s history and current projects and programs.

Program generously sponsored by Branton Strategies.

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 12:35:11 -0400
<![CDATA[Support the Rail Park Construction]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/29/support-the-rail-park-construction June 29, 2017 7:00PM 11:00PM

In October 2016, the Center City District (CCD) broke ground on Phase 1 of the Rail Park. Stretching from Broad Street at Noble to Callowhill between 11th and 12th Streets, this historic quarter mile will soon become our city's newest elevated public park, with a distinctive design that celebrates Philadelphia's industrial past and cultural heritage.

Join us on Thursday, June 29 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Prohibition Taproom as we grow awareness of the project and raise funds to help us close the funding gap for Phase 1 construction.

Proceeds from the sale of select drafts and a signature cocktail will go directly to support construction.

Support the Rail Park through the Center City District Foundation.

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:16:30 -0400
<![CDATA[Gwendolyn Brooks Tribute: VONA Faculty Reading]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/29/gwendolyn-brooks-tribute-vona-faculty-reading June 29, 2017 7:00PM 9:00PM

Literary pioneer Gwendolyn Brooks will be honored during a free public reading from the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation (VONA/Voices) faculty during week two of their annual workshop for writers-of-color. Notable VONA faculty participating in the tribute include Kiese Laymon, M. Evelina Galang, Beth Nguyen, Willie Perdomo, Elmaz Abinader, and Tananarive Due. VONA is joining the nationwide celebration of Brooks’ 100th birthday. She is the author of 20 books and was the first African-American to win the Pulitzer Prize. Special guest Quraysh Ali Lansana, Creative Director of Our Miss Brooks 100  will join the faculty on stage for a reading.

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Thu, 08 Jun 2017 11:38:12 -0400
<![CDATA[Fairmount Civic Association meeting]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/29/fairmount-civic-association-meeting-13 June 29, 2017 7:30PM 8:00PM

The agenda will include a visit from one of the Assistant district Attorneys. 

A rep from the recreation Department will give a preview of the summer plans for “The Oval” on the parkway. This year it will run for 5-6 weeks starting in mid-July.

There are two zoning variance issues to review.

Plans for a day-care in 2601 Condos.

Proposal for a 3rd floor at 887 N. Taylor Street.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 10:23:42 -0400
<![CDATA[Schuylkill Banks Movie Night Series: Charade]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/29/schuylkill-banks-movie-night-series-charade June 29, 2017 8:30PM 10:30PM

Bring your friends, blanket and picnic basket for a great time watching viewer's choice movies by the river. All movies start at dusk (approximately 8:30 pm on June 29). Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for gift cards from Philadelphia Runner. Snacks and beverages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The 2017 Schuylkill Banks Movie Series is presented by CSX.


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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 13:22:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Revolutionary Weekends at Woodford Mansions: Patriot and Loyalist Tours]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/30/revolutionary-weekends-at-woodford-mansions-patriot-and-loyalist-tours June 30, 2017 10:00AM July 30, 2017 4:00PM

One home, one revolution, two sides!  Step back into the 1700s and hear the tales of those who lived in Woodford Mansion, a historic summer home in East Fairmount Park. Discover the story of the Patriot George Clymer, a signatory of both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and learn about the Franks Family, who sided with the British during the British occupation of Philadelphia.

Visit this National Historic Landmark from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Fridays through Sundays in July for these special Patriot & Loyalist Tours. Experience how people lived during the American Revolution through the Naomi Wood Collection of period antiques and art which adorns every room of Woodford Mansion.

Don't miss this jewel of Philadelphia history, and discover how it helped shaped a city and a nation.

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:25:33 -0400
<![CDATA[Opening of Mohamed Bourouissa’s Urban Riders]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/30/opening-of-mohamed-bourouissa-s-urban-riders June 30, 2017 6:00PM 9:00PM

Join the Barnes Museum in celebrating Bourouissa’s first major solo exhibition in Philadelphia, Urban Riders, featuring approximately 85 works, including drawings, photos, costumes, and sculptures, and a video. Many of the works relate to his 2014 project, which focused on a North Philadelphia community’s efforts at neighborhood revitalization via a horseback-riding event.

More info and tickets here

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:58:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Orchestra Free Neighborhood Concert and Fireworks]]> http://planphilly.com/events/2017/06/30/philadelphia-orchestra-free-neighborhood-concert-and-fireworks June 30, 2017 8:00PM 9:30PM

Now in its 10th season, the Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert is the world-renowned ensemble’s “thank you” to the people of Philadelphia.

The annual, FREE concert, presented by Wells Fargo, will be held on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Friday, June 30, 2017.

Immediately following the patriotic performance, concert-goers will be treated to a post-concert fireworks show beginning at approximately 9:30 p.m.

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 12:05:00 -0400