Office of Sustainability

What we do

The Office of Sustainability (OOS) works with partners around the City to improve quality of life in all Philadelphia neighborhoods, reduce the City’s carbon emissions, and prepare Philadelphia for a hotter, wetter future.

OOS is responsible for implementing Greenworks Philadelphia, the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan, which is made up of eight visions:

  • Accessible food and drinking water
  • Healthy outdoor and indoor air
  • Clean and efficient energy
  • Climate-prepared and carbon-neutral communities
  • Quality natural resources
  • Accessible, affordable, and safe transportation
  • Zero Waste
  • Engaged students, stewards, and workers


One Parkway Building
1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102


Job Announcement: Equity Fellow

The Office of Sustainability is seeking an Equity Fellow to coordinate the Beat the Heat pilot, an effort to address inequities resulting in disparities in surface temperature among Philadelphia neighborhoods. The fellow will develop and execute a plan to engage and solicit input from community members and organizations about desired interventions to help them cope with high heat in the short term, and to reduce surface temperatures in the long term. This is a full time- 12 month grant funded position with the opportunity for extension. 

Essential Functions: 

  • Community engagement and relationship building
  • Researching potential heat mitigation strategies
  • Coordinating the Heat Team, made up of a variety of City departments and agencies
  • Working with an equity expert to organize trainings
  • Tracking progress and impact
  • Developing a toolkit that can be used to replicate success


  • Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant experience required.
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Experience with managing community relationships is required.
  • Fluency in a second language preferred, but not required

Competencies, Knowledge, Skill and Abilities:

  • Sustainability and Social Justice Literacy – Knowledge of and interest in environmental justice and sustainability issues.
  • Communication – Expresses information to individuals or groups effectively, considers the audience and nature of the information; writes and speaks in clear and convincing manner; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
  • Planning and Evaluating – Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others; develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences.

Additional Information

Interested applicants should include a current resume and cover letter

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to faqpchr@ For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: 

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Greenworks on the Ground

The Greenworks on the Ground checklists show individuals, communities, and institutions (including businesses, schools, and houses of worship) how they can help make the Greenworks visions a reality.


  • Feb
    Green Philly Blog: Innovative Leaders Driving a Green & Equal Philly
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Saxbys HQ, 2300 Chestnut St #310, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    Green Philly Blog: Innovative Leaders Driving a Green & Equal Philly

    February 22, 2018
    5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours
    Saxbys HQ, 2300 Chestnut St #310, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

    What sets apart the organizations that thrive and can barely survive? Leadership matters! Hear how these social entrepreneurs are building effective organizations that drive change in a time of significant disruption.

    This roundtable discussion will address how to build a strong organization and develop a pipeline of future, diverse leaders. Our panelists will provide strategies that have helped strengthen their organizations and reach outside their immediate circles to affect change. These tools will apply how to build strong organizations across sectors, whether in a business, organization or community group.

    • Experience from current leaders: How to disrupt the status quo.  

    • Innovative ways to address both organizational goals and social impact goals  

    • Ways to support a pipeline to develop diverse leaders in your organization

    • Find out about the processes, policies, and leaders that shape the future of organizations.

    About Conversations to Build an Inclusive Philadelphia  

    Equity in the environmental movement has been a growing priority for the Philadelphia, showcased by the Office of Sustainability to reduce carbon levels 80% by 2050 and generate new clean energy jobs. How can Philadelphia meet deadlines and spur economic growth for all citizens?  

    Conversations to Build an Inclusive Future is a series to bring together those who are leading the way to a more sustainable future. These roundtables will bring together local leaders to share best practices and encourage dialogue with attendees. Our goal is to build stronger organizations, businesses and community groups.   



    • 5:30-5:45: Registration

    • 5:45-6:45 Roundtable

    • 6:45-7:30 Networking


    • Christine Knapp, Philadelphia Office of Sustainability  

    • Jamie Gauthier, Fairmount Park Conservancy

    • Omar Woodard, GreenLight Fund 

    • Naida Elena Burgos, Temple University School of Medicine 

    • Saleem Chapman, Moderator

    • Julie Hancher, Moderator 


    About the Hosts:

    This conversation series is a collaboration hosted by Green Philly and Equals in Green, a True Republic initiative. Green Philly helps the local community live a sustainable lifestyle and hosts events like SustainPHL, Philadelphia’s annual awards ceremony and celebration. Equals in Green is connecting people across disciplines to drive inclusive leadership, equity, and social justice within the environmental movement.

  • Feb
    Schuylkill Center: Winter Wellness Walk
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19128, United States

    Schuylkill Center: Winter Wellness Walk

    February 24, 2018
    2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, 1 hour
    8480 Hagy's Mill Road, Philadelphia, PA, 19128, United States
    Experience winter with some outdoor exercise on the trails. The walk will be led at a moderate pace; be prepared for uneven terrain.…
  • Feb
    TTF: Maple Sugaring Festival
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
    Tacony Creek Park, Tabor Gateway, N Tabor Rd & E Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120

    TTF: Maple Sugaring Festival

    February 24, 2018
    2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, 2 hours
    Tacony Creek Park, Tabor Gateway, N Tabor Rd & E Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19120
    What makes maple trees special? How do we use them to make maple syrup? 

    "Tap" a tree and watch maple syrup being made. 

    Taste syrup on a waffle! 

    This is a FREE, family-friendly event, but please dress warmly. 

    RSVP: or 215.744.1853

    **Rain/Snow Date is Sunday, February 25**

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