Our region is home to numerous organizations that support a sustainable future. The following listing is grouped under the following categories:
Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture)
PennFuture advocates for the enforcement of environmental laws and the transformation of public policy, public opinion, and the marketplace to restore and protect the environment and safeguard public health. PennFuture is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Clean Air Council
Clean Air Council works through public education, community advocacy, and government oversight to ensure enforcement of environmental laws concerning air quality. The Clean Air Council a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA)
ECA helps people to conserve energy and promotes a sustainable and socially equitable energy future. ECA is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC)
PEC protects and restores the natural and built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy. PEC is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
RecycleNOW is a civic action campaign to improve recycling for residents of Philadelphia.
Sierra Club Pennsylvania Chapter
The Sierra Club’s mission is to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth. The Pennsylvania Chapter is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Women’s Health & Environmental Network (WHEN)
In recognizing the nexus between health and the environment, WHEN has worked to protect health by supporting a cleaner and safer environment through select programs and key initiatives since 1997.
Agriculture, Horticulture and Parks
City Parks Association
City Parks Association acts as a catalyst for change by advancing visionary thinking about natural resources and open space in Philadelphia. City Parks Association is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Horticultural Society’s Philadelphia Green program has used horticulture to build community and improve the quality of life in Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and downtown public spaces. The Horticultural Society a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Philadelphia Orchard Project
Philadelphia Orchard Project plants orchards in the city of Philadelphia that grow healthy food, green spaces and community food security.
Philadelphia Parks Alliance
Philadelphia Parks Alliance advocates, builds coalitions, and educates the public to achieve superior systems of parks and open spaces. Philadelphia Parks Alliance is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
The Bicycle Coalition promotes bicycling as a healthy, low-cost, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation and recreation. The Bicycle Coalition is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Bike Share Philadelphia
Bike Share Philadelphia is a network of organizations and individuals working to bring public-use bicycles (bike sharing) to Philadelphia.
Building and Design
Community Design Collaborative
The Community Design Collaborative is a volunteer-based community design center that provides pro bono preliminary design srevices to nonprofits.
Delaware Vallery Green Building Council
The DVGBC promotes sustainable and environmentallly responsible planning, design, construction and operation of the region’s buidings, landscapes, cities and communities.
Three Groves Ecovillage
Three Groves Ecovillage is an organization of local people seeking to build and reside in an environmentally and socially sustainable neighborhood, in partnership with nationally acclaimed green building professionals. Ecovillage owns land within walking distance of downtown West Grove, PA on the corner of Route 841 and State Road.
Drexel University, Center for Public Policy
The center supports interdisciplinary policy-oriented scholarship among Drexel faculty and external affiliates, and engages students in this research through its Master of Science in Public Policy (MSPP) degree program. The center is also a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Philadelphia University, Masters Program in Sustainable Design
The Master of Science in Sustainable Design offers study opportunities ranging from design exploration to applied research. It is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education
The Schuylkill Center promotes the preservation and improvement of our natural environment by fostering appreciation, understanding, and responsible use through environmental education. The Schuylkill Center is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Temple University, Ambler, School of Environmental Design
The School of Environmental Design offers certificate and degree programs in Community and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Horticulture, and Sustainability. The school a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
University of Pennsylvania, Department of City and Regional Planning
The department, also known as PennPlanning, has been educating students in the theory and practice of city and regional planning since 1950. PennPlanning a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
University of Pennsylvania, Penn Green Campus Partnership
The Green Campus Partnership is the umbrella organization created to address environmental sustainability planning and policy development at the University of Pennsylvania and to coordinate programs and initiatives for a more sustainable campus. It is also a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
City of Philadelphia
The city is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
The department is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
The department is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region III
EPA Region III is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
GreenJobsPhilly is a online resource for green jobs, green financing, and green services.
Grid is a magazine on creating a sustainable Philadelphia and a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN)
SBN is a business organization that brings together local leaders who share a common passion to grow successful businesses that are socially and environmentally responsible. SBN is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Land Use and Planning
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania
10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania works with citizens, organizations and public officials to create land use, infrastructure and governance policies and practices that protect our resources and strengthen our economy. 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.
Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
DVRPC is dedicated to uniting the region’s elected officials, planning professionals, and the public with a common vision for improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment and enhancing the economy. DVRPC is a member of the Urban Sustainability Forum.