Philadelphia Global Water Initiative Conference

Registration for the Philadelphia Global Water Initiative's 7th Annual Conference is still open!  The theme of this year's event is "Urban Water Solutions for the Developing World".  Kusum Athukorala has been announced as the keynote speaker.  She is the chair of NetWater and also the Sri Lanka Water Partnership.  In 2012, she was the recipient of the Women and Water Award by the International Water Association. 

UPDATE: There is a discounted registration price of $10 for all students!

DATE: April 10, 2014 at 8:00am – 5:00PM
LOCATION: Behrakis Hall, Drexel University , 32nd and Chestnut Streets Philadelphia, PA 19104
COST: Student $10.00  |  General   $60.00  |   NGO $40.00


Julie Hancher, green blogger extraordinaire and founder of, is hosting a Park Cleanup this Saturday, April 5th from 10 AM - 1 PM at the community field at 8th & Poplar in Northern Liberties. Many people play intermural sports leagues here so the fields get dirty often. 

She'll have FREE breakfast (bagels and coffee) for volunteers in the AM and will supply shovels, rakes, gloves & trash bags to clean up. If you can bring a spare clean up tool (shovels and bags) to lend for the event, it’ll be very much appreciated.

Here's the official FB event, so you can join and remember all the details.

Let her know if you'll be participating this year!

DATE: Saturday, April 5th from 10 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: 8th & Poplar Field in Northern Liberties
COST: You get a FREE BREAKFAST! How’s that?
REGISTRATION: Join on FaceBook at


Join the Friends of the Wissahickon and the Philadelphia Parks Alliance today at the City Council Operating Budget Hearing at City Hall. Parks & Recreation isstill $5 million short of
the approved budget for FY 2009, and we need to close that gap for FY 2015! Commissioner Michael DiBerardinis will be testifying and we want to pack Council chambers with Park and Recreation advocates from every neighborhood in the city.

Come out and  show your strong and organized support for an increase in budget allocations. While Mayor Nutter’s proposed increase of $500,000 for programming in FY 2015 is a good start, it’s not enough. We need them to invest in programming and restore the remaining $5 million!

DATE: Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 from 1:00 – 2:30 (or later)
LOCATION: Philadelphia City , Broad and Market Streets, Room 400


Dr. Bernard Rollin will lead a discussion on how agriculture has trended from an environmentally sustainable model emphasizing good animal husbandry to the 20th century industrial farming model, emphasizing cheap, affordable food on a factory scale. but with negative effects on animals, the environment, and the public's health.

 Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
LOCATION: Academy of Natural Sciences , 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19103, (215) 299-1000COST: FREE!



Tad Radzinski, recognized industry expert at Sustainable Solutions
Corporation, has developed this interactive workshop for participants to work directly on accelerating their specific sustainability programs. This exciting class-based event allows for collaborative problem-solving that helps you reach your specific objectives and benefit from the collective wisdom of the group. This program focuses on six steps to optimize and refine your program to take you from Strategy to Success:
1.Recognizing Risks, Identifying Opportunities: Succeeding in the Green Marketplace
2.Benchmarking and Measurement:  Evaluating Where You Are, Determining Where You’re Going Action-Oriented Workshop
3.Materiality – Prioritizing Sustainability in Your Strategic Business Plan
4.Formulating the Framework: Designing Your Corporate Responsibility Program
5.From Strategy to Success: Ensuring Effective Implementation
Action-Oriented Workshop
6.Vision to Value: The Profit in Corporate Responsibility
This seminar also provides each attendee with:

  • The Corporate Responsibility Revolution electronic workbook including seminar materials, group activity worksheets, and all presentation slides
  • Interactive workshops to share best practices and develop a sustainability action plan
  • Networking with industry leaders
  • Pre-seminar relevant video blogs and monthly webinars
  • Educational materials on key industry topics, including:
    • Supply Chain Management, Sustainable Product Design, Building Energy Efficiency, Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations
Bring your existing Corporate Responsibility strategy including questions, challenges, and current achievements, and gain powerful insight and skills to develop and prioritize concrete steps to further advance your organization. Don't miss your chance to RSVP today.
DATE: May 7, 2014, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: The Hub @ Cira Centre: 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
DOWNLOAD: Seminar brochure here at


The Sustainable Business Network presents Sustain-A-Ball, the Philadelphia region’s leading eco-friendly fundraising event for the local green community. This unique event draws creative change makers, local business representatives and philanthropy minded individuals from all over the Delaware Valley in a celebration of the green economy movement in our backyard. It’s a showcase for the strength of our local green economy, beauty of our region, and the richness of our area’s local artisans, farmers and merchants.Further, Sustain-A-Ball provides an unsurpassed opportunity for local businesses to promote and publicize their organization’s products and services in an intimate setting with express support from the SBN’s broad and ever-growing membership.

Bring a friend or come single and meet new friends who share your values. It’s a fun way to meet your green peers, network and celebrate. And did we mention PRIZES?
Featuring local food and drinks:
  • Cosmic Catering, offering a seasonal menu for meat eaters to vegans, featuring kale pesto, roasted vegetables, turkey sweet and sour meatballs, vegan spinach patties, assorted Italian meats, Michele's Tofu Tahini Carrot spread, and much more 
  • John & Kira’s Chocolates with the region’s best desserts
  • Little Baby’s Ice Cream, enough said!
  • Philadelphia Distilling Company, Yards Brewing Company and Philadelphia Brewing Company.
  • Philly Fair Trade Roasters and Random Tea Room and Curiosity ShopMusic provided by Fusco Sound Productions, spinning Funk, Go-Go, 80’s, and today’s hits  with Poseybooth and their  digital photo booth

DATE: Saturday, April 12, 2014, 7:00 - 11:00 PM
LOCATION: German Society of Pennsylvania, 611 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA  19123, (P) 215-627-2332
COST: $75.00 SBN Member  |  $100.00 Yet-To-Be Member


Julie Hancher of GreenPhilly Blog is hosting a green book club event with Head and the HandPress! She'll be moderating a Q&A with Head and the Hand founder and author Nic Esposito about his book "Seeds of Discent". Stop by, drink some wine and join the discussion about urban gardening and sustainability. And remember to pick up a copy of the book to support this amazing local company; purchase direct  at the HATH company store or on

DATE: Thurs, April 10th, 2014 , 7:00PM
LOCATION: Head and the Hand Press, 2011 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125.
REGISTER: on Meet Up or RSVP at