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
Feb27EventGreen Building United: Advancing building performance in the new internet-of-things environment9:00 am to 10:30 amPenn State at the Navy Yard, 4960 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19112, USAEvent
Green Building United: Advancing building performance in the new internet-of-things environmentFebruary 27, 20189:00 am to 10:30 am, 2 hoursPenn State at the Navy Yard, 4960 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19112, USAmap
Thanks to a new environment known as the internet of things (IoT), building owners can empower themselves and their facilities teams by facilitating data acquisition and analysis from a building’s hvac building automation system. HVAC building automation systems traditionally have been designed as operating systems, and their network architecture and software were not designed to support data acquisition and analysis. Increasingly, BACNet and open protocol enabled IoT devices are able to acquire and analyze data from building automation systems and provide facilities teams with meaningful and actionable insights into the operation and performance of their buildings. These insights allow a team to implement continuous commissioning resulting in reduced utility, repair, and replacement expenses; improved tenant comfort and equipment uptime; and increased net operating income and net asset value of the building.
Feb27EventKleinman: The Evolution of Wholesale Electricity Markets5:00 pm to 6:30 pmThe Kleinman Center Energy Forum - 220 S. 34th St. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104Event
Kleinman: The Evolution of Wholesale Electricity MarketsFebruary 27, 20185:00 pm to 6:30 pm, 2 hoursThe Kleinman Center Energy Forum - 220 S. 34th St. - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104mapFor details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/leadership-series-the-evolution-of-wholesale-electricity-markets-tickets-42059540217
Feb28EventWagner: Treading on Toxicity: Philadelphia’s Lead Soil Contamination6:00 pm to 7:30 pmWagner Free Institute of Science - 1700 West Montgomery Avenue - Philadelphia, PA 19121Event
Wagner: Treading on Toxicity: Philadelphia’s Lead Soil ContaminationFebruary 28, 20186:00 pm to 7:30 pm, 2 hoursWagner Free Institute of Science - 1700 West Montgomery Avenue - Philadelphia, PA 19121mapFor details, link here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/treading-on-toxicity-philadelphias-lead-soil-contamination-tickets-41602402907
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.