by Claire Marie Porter
It’s a big month for sustainability for the City of Philadelphia. Currently, the Mayor and a delegation is attending the World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, and you can read a dispatch from Zero Waste and Litter Director Nic Esposito, the first of three.
Back home, the City has launched the Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia, a regional partnership of organizations such as universities, businesses, and other institutions and community leaders that have pledged to work toward specific climate goals. Some of these objectives include running all City buildings on 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, and on carbon-free electricity by 2050.
Would you like to join? All interested organizations must publicly commit to their involvement in the Climate Collaborative, and then they are given access to platforms to announce any subsequent climate goals they pursue. They are also offered resources and a chance to work with peers, as well as a venue for showcasing achievements. Partners are offered technical assistance and workshops.
Sign up for the Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia here.
Secondly, the City has launched a program intended to make Philadelphia a cleaner, more sustainable city. The Zero Waste Partnership is a new program for participating organizations to be recognized and rewarded for their commitments to zero waste practices and sustainable efforts.
The goal of zero waste, also called “closed loop production,” is to redirect “trash” away from landfills and incinerators through recycling and reuse. From composting, to electronic communication, to donation of food and excess materials, the Zero Waste Partnership provides education and resources for partners to meet these goals and work towards becoming a zero waste business.
Participating businesses report their waste practices on a monthly basis while earning incentives from the City, like eligibility for the Sustainable Business Tax Credit, as well as special marketing tools, a Partnership Certificate and Zero Waste program tools and tips. It’s also a way to express to patrons and the community your organization’s commitments to a cleaner city.
More information and registration form can be found here.