Help Makeover a Philly Rec Center and Win $1,500!

Image via dvgbc.orgThere is something about the new year that compels us to make some serious lifestyle changes. Before you give in to that inexplicable pull to let your hairdresser go beyond a trim, consider directing your makeover impulses toward one of Philadelphia’s aging recreation centers.  There are currently approximately 160 recreation centers in Philadelphia, however, most aren't living up to their green potential. Help Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department reimagine some of these centers by entering the Delaware Valley Green Building Council’s (DVGBC) eighth annual Sustainable Design Competition. Dream up ways to make your favorite community meeting place more energy efficient, manage stormwater more effectively or increase the spread of sustainable living information to your neighbors. If you’re a student or young professional interested in eco-friendly design, share your innovative ideas with the DVGBC for the chance to win $1,500! Registration is currently open to the public at and the final day for submissions is April 30 by 12 p.m. A panel of judges will evaluate the entries and choose the winners who will be awarded at a ceremony May 3.

- Missy Steinberg