Come to the Italian Market to  tour BluPath's latest Passive House while it's still under construction. Sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Passive House Association, this is a perfect time to "look under the hood" and ask questions about the site's details and systems. This excellent team has worked hard to solve the full array of PH issues:

Architect - BluPath  |  Laura Blau, CPHC
Contractor - Hanson General Contracting, Chris Hanson CPHB
PH Rater - DSB Energy Services, David Berg

While the walls are open with roughed-in mechanicals,  there will be lots to see! Subs, consultants and suppliers will be on hand to answer questions. Lite fare and drinks provided with admission

DATE:  Wed, July 6, 2016, from  4:30pm - 6:30pm
LOCATION:  827 Carpenter Street, Philadelphia PA 19147
COST: Gen. Admission $15.00 | Students $5.00


Edwin Datschefski of Green Drinks International just informed us that there's a new Green Drinks in Reading,PA. It's being chaired by Mark Ratcliffe of Habitat for Humanity, who says," The nearest Green Drinks to us would be in Collegeville, PA. We are a community that is evolving and sustainability is a big part of that evolution. We have a lot to discuss in Reading, and with the help of great local beer and pretzels we look to make a difference." 

Please welcome this new organizer and happy Green Drinking all around!

MORE INFO: email Mark at at


"Not Without Us" follows seven multi-generational, grassroots activists from around the world as they head to Paris for the 21st session of United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as the COP 21. Building on the momentum of the People’s Climate March in New York in 2014, the Paris mobilizations in December 2015 were slated to be civil societies’ largest show of force yet. Ultimately, the question remains: can the COP21 agreement stop catastrophic climate change? Or, perhaps we need to call upon our most powerful renewable natural resource: the will of the people.


DATE: Thurdsday,  June 2 at 6:15
LOCATION: Asian Arts Initiative, 1219 Arch St , Philadelphia PA
COST: Suggested donations $5, no one turned away.

NERD NITE # 61: Plant Intelligence, Macrophages and Park Ranger Life Sophia Seifert, “Plant Intelligence”

Sophia Seifert, “Plant Intelligence”

Plants are the oldest and most massive organisms on earth. They also can communicate, share, and even remember. We will explore some of the amazing things that the earliest land-dwellers can do and, in the process, challenge what it means to be intelligent.

Ritama Gupta, “White Blood Cells and Red Blood Cells : A Love Story”
A type of white blood cell called Macrophages are the  superhuman defenders of the body. They consume germs that invade us and keep us healthy. But recent research reveals a that macrophages are also essential for red blood cells, the cells that carry oxygen in your body. Their genes tell an interesting story, and we’re listening.

Tom Bryan, “Hey Mr. Ranger!”
Pennsylvania Park Ranger Tom Bryan will discuss how to become a ranger, various aspects of the job, and provide lots of anecdotes of daily life on duty.

Entertainment (and evil!) from returning Nerd Nite favorite SKELETOR! Doors open at 4pm. Show at 7:30pm. We recommend you get there early to ensure getting a good seat!

DATE: Wednesday, June 1st,  | doors open at 4pm, event begins 7:30pm
LOCATION: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia PA
COST: $5


Linvilla Orchard’s Fore! The Planet is a highly interactive and playful museum exhibit created by the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia! This exhibition pairs important environmental issues with the fun of miniature golf. Eighteen unique educational holes explore butterfly metamorphosis, a tropical rainforest, evolution, dinosaur extinction, food chains and more. Perfect for kids of all ages, your entire family will enjoy playing miniature golf while learning about our environment – every step of the way.

DATE: Jan. 14, 2016 to Apr 3, 2016, 09:00 AM until 05:00 PM
LOCATION: Linvilla Orchards, 137 W Knowlton Rd., Media, PA
COST: $6.95 ages 11 and over; $4.95 ages 10 and under
MORE INFO: 610-876-7116 or


Ben Davis of Philly Fixers just  let us know that his recent Repair Fair, held last weekend at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym at 1834 Frankford Avenue, was a complete and resounding success:

If you missed this last event, check his calendar for upcoming events or, if you can't make it out, fill out his Ask A Fixer Form at and a Fixer will fthen offer you some advice and/or guidance on how to make repairs yourself!


Philly is at the epicenter of the transition to clean energy and it's time to take a stand. Crude oil from the Bakken fields in North Dakota, fracked gas from the Marcellus,  is headed our way if the oil and gas industry gets their way. 

The PRPA (Philadelphia Regional Port Authority) has organized a public outreach event to explain the 6 proposals for the Southport site in southeast Philadelphia. One of the 6 proposals is by PES (Philadelphia Energy Solutions), who want to expand their current operations in southwest Pennsylvania with a proposed energy hub for Philadelphia. 

We need to show the PRPA and our Mayor that expansion is not an option for PES (or any other) fossil fuel infrastructure that has been in violation of emissions control requirements for more than 3 continuous years, and that already today singlehandedly contributes more than 70% of all of Philadelphia's deadly mercury, lead, NOx and SO2 pollution.

Fossil fuels are bad for our health. We know they're bad for the climate. We need to stand up together, pack the Sheet Metal Worker's Hall and say No New Fossil Fuel Infrastructure.

DATE: Wednesday, March 9th, 6:00 to 8:00pm, group will meet outside at 5:30pm
LOCATION: Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, by Pier 70, Philadelphia, PA 19147
CONTACT: Arielle at 215-821-6348

Can't make it? Begin tweeting, use hashtag #southportphl