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We’re excited to announce the 2017 nominees for SustainPHL!

First and foremost, we can’t believe how awesome the nominations submissions were. Thank you for sharing over 150 organizations and individuals with us.

How we determined the below list:  We listened to our 2016 attendees and worked with B Lab to create a list of criteria for each category this year. Nominations were open to the public in early May with an online submission form. Our committee reviewed each criterion and awarded points based on submission forms. The final top 3 nominees were tabulated by highest ranking average score (with one tie!).

Without further ado, here are the 2017 SustainPHL nominees.

SustainPHL 2017 Nominees

Activist of the Year

This nominee is promoting a sustainability cause and is an activist in his/her/their community by increasing visibility and awareness of sustainability initiatives to new & broader audiences.

  • Fossil Free Penn
  • Anna Shipp
  • Russell Zerbo

Business Innovation

This nominee is a for-profit company with a new and innovative product, solution or service.

  • OxiCool
  • SALT Design Studio (Chester Arthur School project)
  • AnneeLondon

Climate Hero

This nominee is combating climate change through communications and large-scale initiatives & programs. These initiatives and programs can dramatically improve sustainability (infrastructure, policy, restoration, research).

  • The Philadelphia Energy Authority
  • Jessica Franzini
  • Joan Blaustein


This nominee is propelling Philadelphia’s future in sustainability.

  • Greenworks
  • Cloud 9 Rooftop Farm
  • Delaware Valley Green Building Council

Impact Business Leader

These businesses are making an impact in our community, by employing community members as well as positively affecting our environment. Impact businesses are proof that for-profit enterprises can be stewards of social and environmental change, creating that triple-bottom line.

  • The GREEN Program
  • Sustrana
  • Mariposa Food Co-op

Neighborhood Champion

This nominee is making a difference on a micro level (neighborhood engagement, block captain, etc) and his/her/their efforts could be unrecognized.

  • Dennis Barnebey
  • Naida Elena Burgos
  • Seth Budick

Social Impact Award

This nominee has created impact beyond the conventional definition of sustainability by promoting communities to thrive both economically & sustainably and broadening the reach of sustainability to new communities that could have been neglected.

  • Abby Anderson
  • Grow Philly
  • Michael Resnic

Sustainable Communities

This nominee is working to provide communities with equitable access to clean air & water, clean & open spaces, and energy-efficient resources, as well as protecting local wildlife & habitats.

  • Not in Philly
  • Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
  • Soil Generation

Sustainability Mentor

This nominee is broadening the reach of sustainability education and/or deepening the knowledge within the community (to traditional and non-traditional students).

  • Ellen Schultz
  • Corrin Omowunmi
  • Lucas Hamilton
  • Rob Fleming

Get your SustainPHL 2017 Tickets!

See who wins each award on August 3rd during SustainPHL.

by Julie