Only days into a new Congressional Session, Pennsylvania Senators Casey and Toomey are lobbying to remove critical mercury limits on some of the dirtiest power plants in PA. They've proposed that some of the dirtiest coal-waste power plants should no longer be required to meet critical health-based mercury pollution limits.

These limits were designed to protect our health: 1 in 10 women have enough mercury in their blood to put a child at risk of serious developmental damage. And it doesn't take much pollution. Studies suggest that even a gram-sized drop of mercury can contaminate an entire 20 acre lake.

Tell them to stop trying to weaken protections from this dangerous toxin. Click the link below  to send our senators a clear message: don't sacrifice our health and the health of our kids for the dirty power companies.



 Ever want to try your hand at sustainable building for a low cost investment? Earth Ship Philadelphia is now offering workshops for its  Silverlake Nature Center installation in Bristol, PA. This is a great opportunity to learn "on the ground" and add to your skill set while creating earth-frendly structures in the Delaware Valley!  

WORKSHOP DATES: Jan. 31 - Feb. 1  |  Mar. 9 - 15  |
 Mar. 28 - 29  |  April 19-20, 2015
COST: $100


Ben Davis and Holly Logan, founders of Philly Fixers Guild, are hosting their first Repair
Fair of 2015 and you're invited!

The Philly Fixers Guild holds Repair Fair events every 2 to 3 months at various locations around Philadelphia. Members of the community are welcome to bring in any item that’s broken or damaged. This includes almost anything; even clothing and jewelry.

A volunteer Fixer will guide you in how to repair or mend your item; you'll learn how to troubleshoot and make repairs in the process. The primary objective of the Guild is to shift our conventional wisdom that broken items should necessarily be thrown out and replaced. Repair Fairs serve as a means to inform and educate people in troubleshooting and repair, enabling folks to repair and mend things without assistance, generate less garbage and save resources and money. That's a win-win, so come on out!

DATE: Saturday, January 31st, 12:00-4:00pm
LOCATION: Memphis Street Academy (Port Richmond), 2950 Memphis St., Philadelphia, PA 19134

US Green Building Council Networking Gala!

Come out and enjoy a night of networking and socializing with others in green building
and advocacy-related fields. You'll meet Board of Public Utilities Commissioner Joseph Fiordaliso and Mitch Carpen, Executive Director of The Energy Resilience Bank.  
They will discuss the priorities of the Board of Public Utilities, the Energy Resiliency Bank and the impact of BPU policies on South Jersey residents and businesses.

• 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm sign-in, networking & drinks (cash bar)
• 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm buffet dinner and networking
• 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm speaker Commissioner Fiordaliso (includes Q&A)

DATE: Wednesday, January 28, 2015 5:00 – 8:00 PM 
LOCATION: Waterfront Technology Center at Camden (LEED Gold Certified), 200 Federal Street (NJEDA Offices, 1st Floor Conference Room), Camden, NJ 
COST: Members/ Non-members/ Students/ Emerging Professionals: $40
Event Sponsorship: $350 (Includes recognition in event promo and materials, and two tickets to the event) 
Dinner included with admission!


Tad Radzinski, recognized industry expert and co-founder of Sustainable Solutions
Corporation, has developed this seminar as an interactive workshop for participants to work directly on accelerating their specific sustainability programs. 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. Attend this seminar to:

  • Refine Your Sustainability Focus - Attending this seminar will help you prioritize sustainability goals, identify specific targets, and develop concrete steps to accomplish your objectives.
  • Turn Theory into Practice - With a focus on practicality, the skills learned in this seminar will be directly applicable, and you will leave with actionable tools to advance your Corporate Responsibility program.
  • Keep Your Company Relevant - Gain valuable insight, evolving consumer concerns, and key market drivers that place you at the forefront of your industry to capture market share and stay profitable.

Event topics and schedule:

  • Recognizing Risks, Identifying Opportunities – Succeeding in the Green Marketplace
  • Benchmarking and Measurement – Evaluating Where You Are, Determining Where You’re Going
  •  Action-Oriented Workshop
  • Materiality – Prioritizing Sustainability in Your Strategic Business Plan
  • Formulating the Framework – Designing Your Corporate Responsibility Program
  • Action-Oriented Workshop
  •  Networking Lunch
  • From Strategy to Success – Ensuring Effective Implementation
  • Action-Oriented Workshop
  •  Vision to Value – The Profit in Corporate Responsibility
  •  Action-Oriented Workshop 

In addition , this seminar provides:

  • The Corporate Responsibility Revolution electronic workbook including seminar materials, group activity worksheets, and all presentation slides
  •  Interactive workshops to share best practices and develop an action plan with concrete next steps to advance your sustainability program
  • Networking with industry leaders
  • Pre-seminar relevant video blogs and monthly webinars
  • BONUS Educational materials on key industry topics, including Supply Chain Management, Sustainable Product Design and Building Energy Efficiency

 Register NOW for this amazing one-day event!

DATE:  Wednesday, January 28, 2015
TIME: 9:00am - 5:00pm
LOCATION: The Hub Cira Centre: 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
MORE INFO:  Contact Katelyn Meyers  at


Our friends at Green Philly Blog are celebrating over 6 years of online publishing with a
special "ReLaunch" party co-hosted by The Sustainability Nexus, and you're invited! 

In conjunction with The Sustainability Nexus, enjoy an evening of food, drinks, music & surprises at Philly's premiere sustainable coworking space, CityCoHo.

Green Philly is the Philadelphia area's online resource for local sustainability events and news with a focus on fresh, fun content with a sprinkle of sass each week. Their mission is to help you achieve a simple, sustainable and local lifestyle. With a limited number of tickets, make sure to grab yours today!

DATE: January 23, 2015, from  6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
LOCATION: CityCoHo; 2401 Walnut St, 1st & 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103


As the holidays end it's out with the old, and by old we mean that formerly green, tree-shaped fire hazard that's shedding needles in your living room. But don’t just throw it out
(that just adds a methane source to our landfills). Safely and environmentally recycle your tree in the 215 area by using these locations, dates and times for 2015 Christmas tree recycling:

Streets Department Sanitation Convenience Centers: 
Open 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday through Saturday.
3033 S. 63rd Street  |  Domino Lane & Umbria Street  |  State Road & Ashburner Street  | 2601 W. Glenwood Avenue

23 Community-sponsored tree-cycling events across the city:
Saturday, January 10th, 2015
9:30am-12:30pm: Corner of Memphis St. & Susquehanna Ave.  
10:00am-4:00pm: Columbus Square Park at 13th & Reed Streets  
10:00am-4:00pm: Orianna Hill Dog Park @ 3rd & Poplar Streets  
10:00am-4:00pm: Clark Park @ 43rd & Chester Ave. 
10:00am-4:00pm: Markward Rec Center @ Taney & Pine Streets  

Sunday, January 11th, 2015
9:30am-12:30pm: Boy Scouts Headquarters Parking Lot @ 22nd & Spring Streets )
9:30am-12:30pm: Norwood Fontbonne School on Sunset Ave. 
10:00am-4:00pm: Eastern State Penitentiary @ 22nd & Brown Streets  
12:00pm-4:00pm: Ridge Ave. & Scotts Lane 
1:00pm-4:00pm: Gabbie’s Garden on Chew Ave.


Judah Press, owner of Save Some Green, has regrettably stepped down as chapter head of Green Drinks Center city due to increasing work / life commitments. As a result, he has cancelled all GD-CC chapter events  going forward.  However, you're welcome to attend all of our  2015 chapter events in Northern Liberties, South Philly, Cherry Hill NJ and Chester County PA. Scroll to the events calendar after this article section, find the chapter nearest to you  and come on out!