Join Grid at an Innovations in Green Tech panel happening this Monday

The annual Philly Tech Week kicks off today. Organized by Technically Philly, this week-long celebration of technology and innovation is packed with plenty of ways to geek-out (Did we mention they’re hosting a huge game of pong?). But amidst the workshops, talks and competitions, we’re of course partial to a lunchtime event we helped organize. The Innovations in Green Tech panel is happening this Monday, April 22 from 12-1 p.m. at the University City Science Center (3711 Market St.). Spend your lunchtime learning about new and upcoming breakthroughs in sustainable technologies in Philadelphia. The panel will feature:

  • Pat McDonald from Onion Flats will discuss their Stable Flats project in Northern Liberties – the first certified passive housing in the city.
  • Nicholas Mirra, communications coordinator at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, will talk about Connect the Circuit, their new website that integrates government-funded, nonprofit and privately owned bike trails in the Philadelphia area, giving riders an easy-to-use, interactive resource for planning their next ride.
  • Christine Knapp, Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Philadelphia Water Department, will discuss the Solar Sunflower Project, which is working to improve stormwater management in Philadelphia by installing water-permeable parks that can also monitor groundwater.
  • Laurie Actman, Deputy Director of the EEB Hub, will discuss the brand new incubator opening in their Navy Yard headquarters. The project is in partnership with Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

To learn more about the panel and to register, visit the Philly Tech Week website. Hope to see you there!

The Navy Yard adds another sustainable building to its arsenal

GlaxoSmithKline's new LEED Platinum certified building. | Photo credit: Francis Dzikowski / Esto for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP This weekend, GlaxoSmithKline, an international pharmaceutical company, is officially moving their Philadelphia office into some fresh digs. Even better the newly-constructed, light-filled, four-story building at the Navy Yard is slated for LEED Platinum certification.

The move has allowed GSK to reduce its office space needs by 75 percent through innovative multi-purpose space design that enables employees to surf from workspace to workspace as their activities change throughout the day. Employees are encouraged to work where they’re most comfortable, whether it’s in a space-age looking chair in the atrium, hovering at an adjustable sit-to-stand workstation, or sipping a hot beverage at the café.

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