Philly Prisons Receive EPA Award For Composting

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Last week, the Philadelphia Prisons System was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its innovative food recovery program. The City was among more than 800 governments, businesses, and organizations nationwide that participated in the 2015 EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.

The Philadelphia Prisons System composts 1.35 tons of food waste each day, saving $31,000 annually in landfill fees. Along with the composting, the Prison System’s food recovery program provides inmates with hands-on job training in horticulture and urban gardening onsite at the Orchard Program located on property behind Philadelphia Industrial Correction Center on State Street.

“The Philadelphia Prison System sets a tremendous example on using innovation to reduce food waste,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Shawn Garvin. “Businesses and communities across America are taking positive steps to address the food waste challenge, and they’re saving money, helping the environment, and feeding hungry people in the process.”

The City was among more than 800 governments, businesses and organizations nationwide that participated in the 2015 EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge.

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Earth Month: We Want To Hear From YOU!

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Spring is finally here, and that means Earth Day is right around the corner, along with all the activities that seem to span the whole month of April. In coordination with Earth Month celebrations, the Office of Sustainability will be kicking off a series of public engagement opportunities designed to solicit your feedback on the next generation of Greenworks. We want to hear from issue experts, students, businesses, faith institutions, and residents from all communities to help us set new goals and initiatives to meet them.

You can make your voice heard in any of the following ways:

  • Join the Office of Sustainability for a Twitter chat on Earth Day, April 22nd from noon to 1pm. Send your questions or comments to us @GreenworksPhila using #AskPhilly
  • Attend a neighborhood discussion:
    • April 20, 6:30 p.m. Columbus Square Park, 12th and Reed Streets 19147
    • April 25, 6:30 p.m. Overbrook Environmental Education Center, 6134 Lancaster Ave. 19151
    • April 27, 6:30 p.m. Bartram’s Garden, 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. 19143
    • May 4, 6:30 p.m. with Germantown United CDC at the Flying Horse Center, 5534-46 Pulaksi Ave. 19144
    • May 18, 6:00 p.m.  with New Kensington CDC at the future Kensington Community Food Co-Op at 2666 Coral St. 19125

Please RSVP or indicate your interest in attending one of the soon to be scheduled sessions.

We look forward to hearing from you during this exciting time. Happy Earth Month!