| Follow Us: Facebook Twitter RSS Feed


From green roofs to community gardens and energy efficiency to smart grids, Greater Philadelphia has established itself as an early adopter and valuable innovator when it comes to sustainable design, building, business and communities. The Delaware Valley Green Building Council and Sustainable Business Network and B-Labs have helped create a marketplace for green initiatives, while green jobs have become more than a catchphrase thanks to those working to train a new generation of workers at the Green Jobs Academy of Bucks County and Energy Coordinating Agency. The Philly-based Pennsylvania Horticulture Society and the City's Office of Sustainability Greenworks Philadelphia, along with community development initiatives across the city and suburbs, from both the non-profit and government sectors, are responsible for one of the nation's most robust examples of urban greening. The Penn State-led research consortium's development of an energy innovation hub at the Philadelphia Navy Yard promises to keep the region on the cutting edge of sustainability.

Sustainability Features

Connecting local kids to food

On the Ground: The Farm at Bartram's Garden cultivates community

Every year, this four-acre plot produces 12,000 pounds of food, welcomes 10,000 school kids, employs 22 high school interns, hosts 45 families in a community garden, distributes 80,000 seedlings, supplies 50 farmstands and welcomes 1500 volunteers. And there's more.

Broad Street Line

SEPTA powers its future with regenerative braking

The screech of a braking subway car now signifies more than just an upcoming station thanks to an innovative project that harnesses, stores and sells the energy generated. An initiative like this makes the transit organization a global sustainability leader.

3-D Printing

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: A 3-D printing workshop, youth art in Callowhill and Philly's first big vegan fest

Check out our picks for the week's top events. 

The view from Bartram's Garden

Bike, learn, grow, row or wed at Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philly

This historic site is reinventing itself for the 21st century, emphasizing both attracting new visitors -- with help from an ambitious trail project -- and connecting with the surrounding neighborhoods.
( 191 ) View All
Signup for Email Alerts