Over the past four years, Sustainable 19125 has scored a series of eco-forward victories for the Kensington, Fishtown and Port Richmond communities. Founded in 2009 by the New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), Sustainable 19125 is a coalition of residents, businesses, and institutional partners with the collective goal to create a more sustainable, safe and friendly neighborhood.
When NKCDC held a kick-off party for the group in January 2009, they discovered two things: one, that community members and local businesses were passionate about greening their neighborhood, and two, that vacant land could be an asset, not an eyesore. The result was the Big Green Block, a $44 million project with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Philadelphia Water Department to create a green infrastructure master plan for 20 acres between Frankford Avenue and Front, Norris and Palmer Streets. The blocks include the new LEED Platinum certified Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School (the first public school in the U.S. to have this certification).