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SUSTAINPHL 2018: AWARD RECIPIENTS

Here’s the list of award recipients from last evening:

SUSTAINABILITY MENTOR:

Diane Ofee Powers SustainPHL Mentor of the Year 2018

Diane OFee-Powers

As a middle school science teacher, Diane O’Fee Powers has been a driving force for sustainability at Cook-Wissahickon School in Philadelphia for many years. Dianne, a prolific grant writer, has raised funds and organized the planting of a school meadow, a garden with raised beds and more.

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Patrick Morgan SustainPHL 2018 FuturePHL award

Patrick Morgan

Patrick Morgan is the Philadelphia Program Director for the Knight Foundation, a national foundation looking to strengthen our democracy by supporting informed and engaged communities. For Morgan, that means exploring the power of public spaces.

CLIMATE HERO:

Sarah Wu Climate Hero

Sarah Wu

Sarah Wu served for 8 years in the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability, most recently as the Deputy Director. Wu managed the City of Philadelphia’s climate adaptation planning and oversaw the 2016 update of the City’s sustainability plan, Greenworks.

SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES:

Bartrams Garden

Bartram’s Garden

Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, working to restore and preserve one of Philadelphia’s most historic and essential local ecosystems. It’s added more community-oriented programming, like its active farm and robust community boating program has served more than 8,000 people.

Impact Business Leader

CIrcle Compost SustainPHL 2018

Circle Compost

This local company aims to keep food waste out of landfills, all by making Philly a more compost-friendly city. Circle Compost picks up organic materials from businesses and residents alike, turning them into compost that is then donated to urban farms.

SOCIAL IMPACT

Ken Weinstein

Ken Weinstein Social Impact Award SustainPHL 2018

Ken Weinstein helps to give disinvested communities the tools to revitalize and rebuild through real estate development. Jumpstart Germantown, for example, empowers local, aspiring developers to improve their communities.

BUSINESS INNOVATION:

Hungry Harvest

Hungry Harvest

Hungry Harvest delivers boxes of produce to your doorstep (aka “ugly produce”) that would otherwise go uneaten, due to their unusual size, shape, color, or other quirks and donates a portion of this produce to Philabundance and other hunger-solving organizations.

ACTIVIST OF THE YEAR

Gabriella Paez SustainPHL Activist of the Year 2018

Gabriella Paez

Gabriella Paez is the education and community development manager at Esperanza, which aims to strengthen Hispanic communities through education, economic development, and advocacy. she has been leading the community development portions of the Hunting Park 2022 Strategic Plan, part of which aims to enhance open space and the protect the local environment.

NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMP

Judith Robinson

Judith Robinson Neighborhood Champ

Judith Robinson founded Susquehanna Clean Up/Pick Up in 2005. Robinson has continued to empower youth to be active in the beautification of their neighborhood and environmental justice in the North Philly area.

Photo: Ashley Shuey 

by Julie