Due to extremely cold conditions, the City is implementing special measures to keep people who are homeless safe.
If you see someone who needs shelter, call (215) 232-1984.
In effect: 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 to 10:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 18

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:

  • Access to healthy, affordable, and sustainable food and drinking water
  • Breathe healthy air inside and outside
  • Efficiently use clean energy that they can afford
  • Prepared for climate change and reduce carbon pollution
  • Benefit from parks, trees, storm­water management, and healthy waterways
  • Access to safe, affordable, and low-carbon transportation
  • Waste less, and keep our neighborhoods clean.
  • Benefit from sustainability education, employment, and business opportunities


One Parkway Building
1515 Arch Street, 13th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Email sustainability@phila.gov


  • Dec
    10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E Cumberland St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA


    December 17, 2017
    10:00 am to 4:00 pm, 6 hours
    Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E Cumberland St, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA


    Shop local, support local artists! Looking for local, handmade gift ideas from some of the neighborhood’s most talented makers and artists? Make a dent in your Christmas shopping at the Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar! This is a festive neighborhood favorite, get your tree or holiday greens and check out all of the cool wares our elves have made. We’ll have a range of fine art, crafts and gifts; jewelry, ceramics, wood working, accessories, green gifts, bath/body, Greensgrow made edible and growing gifts, and lots more. There are different artists each day of the event.

    The farm will be bursting with evergreen swags, holiday trees, and more for your winter décor. Our trees range in size from tabletop to tall. We have great gift items like rosemary bushes, dwarf Alberta Spruce, mini-evergreens, and winter flowering plants like cyclamens, amaryllis, Christmas cactus and paperwhite bulbs.

    Other activities happening alongside the Holiday Bazaar:
    Winter CSA Pickup & Farmstand: December 2 & 16 • 10am–2pm
    Live Irish Fiddle Music • Deb Shebbish & the McLeod Brothers • December 3 & 17 • 11am-1pm
    Santa Claus • December 10 & 17 • 1-3pm
    Everyone’s favorite elf comes to Greensgrow Farms. Bring your camera for pictures!
    Bad Sweaters & Bloody Mary Happy Hour with Rowhouse Spirits• December 17 • 11-1pm
    We will join together with our worst holiday sweaters and have a Bloody Greensgrow Mary to toast the final event of our 20th anniversary year! Bad sweater wearers can compete for prizes!

  • Dec
    Urban Consulate Brain Trust
    9:00 am to 10:30 am
    Pipeline Philly - 30 South 15th Street - 15th Floor - Philadelphia, PA 19102

    Urban Consulate Brain Trust

    December 19, 2017
    9:00 am to 10:30 am, 2 hours
    Pipeline Philly - 30 South 15th Street - 15th Floor - Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Dec
    Hiking with Maura the Explorer
    10:00 am to 11:00 am
    5100 Rochelle Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA

    Hiking with Maura the Explorer

    December 29, 2017
    10:00 am to 11:00 am, 1 hour
    5100 Rochelle Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128, USA
    Join FOW Executive Director Maura McCarthy for a hike on the last Friday of each month. She will tour a different section of the Wissahickon during each hike. For more information and to register, visit fow.org


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