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
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.
- 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.
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@ phila.gov. For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: http://www.phila.gov/humanrelations/Pages/default.aspx
Feb20EventPennFuture: The Path to Equitable Climate Solutions: Evolving Energy Policy and Strategies11:30 am to 12:30 pmCommunity College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USAEvent
PennFuture: The Path to Equitable Climate Solutions: Evolving Energy Policy and StrategiesFebruary 20, 201811:30 am to 12:30 pm, 1 hourCommunity College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USAmap
(Feb. 13) Philadelphia, PA – PennFuture, in collaboration with Clean Air Council and PennEnvironment, will host clean energy and public health leaders from the Philadelphia-area to highlight the latest resources, research, training, and progress that citizens can draw upon to move toward a future that relies on clean energy and energy efficiency technologies during an upcoming discussion.
In addition to discussing the clean energy resources and jobs now available to local residents, the speakers will also address the need to find solutions for existing social inequality around access to those resources. The press conference, to be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 20 at the Community College of Philadelphia, will include speakers from nonprofit organizations, private groups, educational institutions, and city government, each working to build social equity while addressing climate change.
As the state seeks progress in growing the number of clean energy jobs available to all citizens, the speakers’ work has included managing solar and energy efficiency training programs in Philadelphia, which are intended to provide opportunities for well-paying jobs in low-income neighborhoods. Speakers will address how clean energy is helping homeowners save money on their utility bills, reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, effectively improving public health, and building the economy.
WHAT: “The Path to Equitable Climate Solutions: Evolving Energy Policy and Strategies”
- Joseph Minott, Executive Director, Clean Air Council
- Gary Bixby, Director of Facilities, Planning and Construction Management, Community College of Philadelphia
- Ruth McDermott-Levy, Associate Professor and Director, Center for Global and Public Health, Villanova University
- Christine Knapp, Director, Office of Sustainability, City of Philadelphia
- Steve Luxton, Executive Director, Energy Coordinating Authority
- Jeff Colter, Field Supervisor of Weatherization, Energy Coordinating Authority
- Jessica Ennis, Legislative Director, Climate & Energy, EarthJustice
WHEN: Tuesday, February 20 at 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Community College of Philadelphia, Center for Business and Industry, Room C2-28,
For visiting and parking information, please use this link: https://www.ccp.edu/about-us/locations/main-campus
RSVP: Please RSVP to PennFuture Director of Communications, Stephanie Rex at email@example.com.
Feb20EventTemple: Architecture & Environmental Design Graduate Information Session, Tyler School of Art6:00 pm to 7:30 pm215, 1515 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USAEvent
Temple: Architecture & Environmental Design Graduate Information Session, Tyler School of ArtFebruary 20, 20186:00 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hours215, 1515 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USAmaphttps://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ef2l8al9472a9252&oseq=&c=&ch= Join us for an information session about the Tyler School of Art Division of Architecture & Environmental Design departments to learn more about the graduate degree programs offered on Temple's campuses. We offer a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning, Master of Architecture, and Master of Landscape Architecture.
Feb20EventWeavers Way Workshop: John of God film and discussion7:00 pm to 8:30 pmWeavers Way Community Room - 555 Carpenter Lane - Philadelphia, PA 19119Event
Weavers Way Workshop: John of God film and discussionFebruary 20, 20187:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 2 hoursWeavers Way Community Room - 555 Carpenter Lane - Philadelphia, PA 19119mapFor details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weavers-way-workshop-john-of-god-film-and-discussion-tickets-41119858604
Our office manages the City’s energy benchmarking program, which helps large building owners understand their energy usage and identify opportunities for energy-efficient investment.
The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC) facilitates the development of responsible policies that improve access to culturally appropriate, nutritionally sound, and affordable food.
Greenworks is the City’s comprehensive sustainability plan. In 2016 we released the Greenworks plan with new goals and targets for the next eight years and beyond.