On August 3, 2015 President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to reduce power plant carbon emissions 32% by 2030 (from 2005 levels). The CPP represents an important first step by the United States government in confronting climate change, but it doesn't go far enough. That's why the Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) has issued a frontline Environmental Justice (EJ) community response to the CPP, called the Our Power Plan

And that's where you come in.  Stand with Encouraging the Development of a Green Economy (EDGE) and Climate Justice Alliance to send a message to our state policy makers that the Clean Power Plan is not enough! The rally and press conference will be held at the EPA region State office ant 1650 Arch Streets in Downtown Philadelphia. Activists will go inside to meet with EPA officials and deliver their Our Power Plan Report

“Missing from the EPA’s picture is how our frontline communities are also the source of clean energy innovation and cutting-edge economic and environmental policy,” added Elizabeth Sanders, a leader with CJA member Kentuckians for the Commonwealth. “We are already blazing a clean energy trail across the country.  The Clean Power Plan should be an important point of leverage to grow the seeds Our Power Campaign leaders have already planted.”
DATE: Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 1:00pm - 3:00pm
LOCATION: EPA Region 3 Office, 1650 Arch St #2, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Framing the Future: Seeking Solutions to Environmental Challenges

Join Gery Juleff and Green Hour Radio for the "Exploring the Outcome of 21st Climate Change Conference (COP21)." This new discussion series kicks off on January 28th, when 3 leading climate experts come together in Princeton NJ to discuss the outcome from the COP21 meeting in Paris, the latest scientific thinking around climate change and how it might impact our region. 

  • Steve Pacala, Princeton University Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and former Director of the Princeton Environmental Institute
  • Professor Anthony Broccoli, Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute
  • Jeanne Herb, Associate Director of the Environmental Analysis and Communications Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Register now to guarantee your seat and join the discussion!
DATE: Thursday, January 28, 2015; Doors open 5:30 p.m., discussion 6-8 p.m.
LOCATION: D&R Greenway's Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton
COST: Free!
MORE INFO: 609-924-4646 or


DISCLAIMER: GD DV has not been compensated for this ringing endorsement.

Recently, a Green Drinks member engaged All Women Painting to assess what would be needed to cover the previous homeowner' paint job. Not only was the owner Zsuzsi Apati early for the consultation, she quickly produced an affordable quote and pointed out problem areas from the previous occupants that she could resolve. Their use of no VOC paints and solvent free materials also aligned with the client's personal ethics and wouldn't compromise the health of her pet. Three days later, the job was done flawlessly, from baseboards to ceiling with incredible attention to details like crown molding and architectural fixtures. Best of all, the happy client noticed the complete absence of "paint smell" throughout the home.

If you want to incorporate sustainable elements into your home; if you want to support an all-woman run, local and green business; if you're just tired of your old paint and need a lift, give Zsuzsi Apati a call. You'll be glad you did!

TEL: 215-868-4152


Break out of the winter doldrums and bring something to the Repair Fair on Saturday, January 23rd! Ben Davis from the Philly Fixers Guild and his crew of hands-on geniuses will be at the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym ready to help you learn to troubleshoot and mend/fix anything you can carry in, free of charge. Spread the word; we want to help our community become more self-sufficient and keep 
good, repairable stuff from becoming trash!

DATE: January 23rd, 2016 from 10am to 2pm
LOCATION: Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, 1834 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia PA


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has been training Tree Tenders to plant and care for urban trees since 1993. Over 4,300 Tree Tenders grads are involved in planting over 3,000 trees on streets throughout the region each year.

Become a Tree Tender and learn how you can help increase tree canopyin your community and on your property! Join them for two mornings in January for a fast paced, fun and educational class that will provide you with the tools to get involved and make a difference in your neighborhood. Classes cover Tree Bio, Stresses, Identification, Planting and Care plus a bit on partnerships and resources.

DATE: January 23, 2016 at 8:30am - January 30, 2016 at 1:00pm
LOCATION: PHS, 100 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
EVENT FEE: $25 fee for the class but limited scholarships are available.


Join DVGBC's Delaware Branch and the Delaware Energy Services Coalition for a joint mix-and-mingle on Thursday, January 21st from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the River Rock Kitchen in Wilmington to "beat the winter blues." You'll learn more about both organizations, how they're advancing the green building movement, and how you can get involved. Don't miss this opportunity to mingle with DVGBC's Delaware Branch leadership and other green building professionals.

DATE: Thursday, January 21, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm
LOCATION: River Rock Kitchen at the Westin Wilmington, 818 Shipyard Drive, Wilmington, DE 19801
EVENT COST: FREE (cash bar, appetizers provided)