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How Philly is Prepping Against Climate Change

Philadelphia skyline from the Ben Franklin BridgeOver 400,000 individuals invaded New York on Sunday to make a statement to world leaders about climate change.

Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda

Yesterday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced the formation of the Mayor’s National Climate Action Agenda with Mayors Eric Garcetti of Los Angeles and Annise Parker of Houston. Nutter is currently in New York City for the Clinton Global Initiative meeting and was announced on day one of Climate Week, an international platform for government, business and civil society to work together on low carbon solutions to the climate change crisis.

Find out more about the Mayor’s new initiative, and what Philadelphia & Pennsylvania are doing about climate change, after the jump.

How Philly is Prepping Against Climate Change was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Love Park Drink & Draw and Week Events 9/22-9/26 

Park(ing) Day Philadelphia 2014

Happy (sorta) Autumn! We’re psyched for the changing leaves but are still enjoying the short-sleeved transitional weather.

Did you join 310,000 of your closest green friends in Manhattan yesterday? In case you missed it, Grist has a collection of great photos from yesterday’s People’s Climate March.

Friday’s Park(ing) Day brought out Philly fav’s to relax outside and envision more green space in our urban landscapes.

So what can we get excited about for this week? We rounded up this week’s best events for you.

Love Park Drink & Draw and Week Events 9/22-9/26 was originally published on Green Philly Blog

People’s Climate March Sunday - Philly Unites & How to Join ‘em

people's climate march 2014

Are you ready for that sound? History is being made this weekend.

The People’s Climate March is pegged to be the biggest in history on Sunday, 9/21 in this smack middle of Manhattan. With over 1000 groups coordinating the march, citizens are proving a point to our global leaders that our pathetic inaction on climate change ain’t cutting it. They’re expecting 100,000 people.

Let’s back up.

People’s Climate March Sunday – Philly Unites & How to Join ‘em was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Where to Donate Your Car in Philadelphia… WCI Wednesday

Electric Car charging station NJHave you recently gone carless? Or perhaps you’re trading your previously loved four-wheels for two?

Regardless, there’s a few local organizations who can benefit from donating your car. We tackle this topic in this week’s Where Can I Wednesday column.

Where to Donate your Car in Philadelphia:

Where to Donate Your Car in Philadelphia… WCI Wednesday was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Tell the City Where Bike Share Spots Should Go!

philly bike share location map

Who’s pumped for the upcoming Philly Bike Share program launching in the Spring?

The City of Philadelphia is crowd sourcing for your opinion to make the program awesome and wants your feedback for station locations.

Find out how you can contribute to the convo, after the jump!

Tell the City Where Bike Share Spots Should Go! was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Philly’s Vs. Climate Change; Eat Seasonally & Events: 9/15 - 9/19

Eagles helmet on West River Drive SchuylkillFeeling like fall, yet? If you were lucky enough to get out this weekend, temperatures were perfect for a run or bike ride. After a vacation and bronchitis, I happily got my legs moving on a bike ride over the weekend to enjoy the crisp air and ever present Philly views.

Who’s ready to start the week with a bang? Whether you want to hear serious discussion on what Philly’s doing about Climate Change; drink with vegans, builders or local food advocates; or sprint your heart out to work (while admiring park(ing) spaces), this week’s going to be awesome. You’re welcome, Philly.

Green Week Events for September 15 – 19th:

Philly’s Vs. Climate Change; Eat Seasonally & Events: 9/15 – 9/19 was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Run to Work Day Philly is Fri, Sept 19th!

run to work day PHL

Just like our fav day, Bike to Work Day, another green commuting transit has caught on.

The inaugural Run to Work Day Philly kicks off next Friday, September 19th hosted by Be Well Philly, Philadelphia Runner & Run215.

Run to Work Day Philly is Fri, Sept 19th! was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Repair Fair, Boxers 5K & Rally for Rock: Weekend Guide: 9/12 - 9/14

bike icelandHappy Friday, readers!

This week brought us new bike sharrows [Philly MOTU], reminder to report cars blocking bike lanes [This Old City] and free workouts every day of the week [Be Well Philly].

Ready to kick off the weekend? Whether you want to jog in the park, rally for school music education, fixed busted items or discover homesteading, we’ve got the best weekend events for you!

Repair Fair, Boxers 5K & Rally for Rock: Weekend Guide: 9/12 – 9/14 was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Gemelli Gelato: Local & Authentic from Vincenzo Tettamanti

Gemelli Gelato West Chester RenderingWho’s ready for authentic, local and delicious gelato?

We’re ecstatic for Gemelli Gelato Desserts & Cafe to soon open up in West Chester!

This upcoming Gelateria pledges to bring you homemade, wholesome, local and organic ingredients for a superior dessert experience. Fresh milk, cream & yogurt are sourced from local Lancaster farms; produce, jams, cheeses & honey are via your local farmers, too. Just check out their full list of ingredients.

Don’t expect flashy, fake colors either. Mint and green apple gelatos come in whites.

Vincenzo & Julianne Tettamanti are the masterminds behind the simple, fresh dessert that will soon takeover West Chester. I’ve known the Italian entrepreneur, Vincenzo, from a previous marketing life and have happily discussed his progress for months.

Recently, I sat down with Vincenzo to find out more about his inspiration behind Gemelli, what we can expect and how he’s sourcing ingredients.

Vincenzo Tettamanti

Gemelli Gelato: Local & Authentic from Vincenzo Tettamanti was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Where to Recycle Common Household Junk: WCI Wednesday

If you’ve been cleaning your house lately (or packing for college like me!), you might notice that you have a lot of stuff lying around that you don’t exactly know what to do with.

Lots of items often get thrown away, but wouldn’t it be better to have them be recycled or repurposed? So for this week’s Where Can I Wednesday, we’ve covered how to do just that!

Here’s our guide to recycling some common household junk items:

Where to Recycle Common Household Junk: WCI Wednesday was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Honey Festival, Farmers’ Markets, and GreenFest Philly: Weekend Guide: 9/5-9/7

Photo by GreenFest Philly

Happy Friday!

Hopefully you took advantage of the wildflower walks, kayaking, and green drinks this short work week. If not we have several great events going on this weekend. If you’re looking to visit farmers’ markets, child-friendly activities, garden tours or green festivals we have the guide for you!

Honey Festival, Farmers’ Markets, and GreenFest Philly: Weekend Guide: 9/5-9/7 was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Kayaking, Green drinks & Urban Riding Basics: Green Week Guide 9/2 – 9/4

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is relaxed after that three day weekend! There was a definitely ton to do, between Paddleboard Yoga and Wellness Walks, but if you’re looking for something to liven up the week as well, we’ve got a bunch of great events for you! Here are some great, green events to try…

Kayaking, Green drinks & Urban Riding Basics: Green Week Guide 9/2 – 9/4 was originally published on Green Philly Blog

White Bean and Kale Soup

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I love creating soups over the weekends to devour throughout the week. One of my many favorites (especially during the Fall season) is White Bean and Kale soup.

I love this soup for 3 reasons: it’s healthy, easy & cheap (perfect for any budget).

White Bean and Kale Soup was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Where to Donate or Recycle VHS & Cassette Tapes - WCI

recycle VHS tapesStill have a stack of old VHS tapes taking up space in your house? Or even floppy disks, cassettes, and other old media from the yester-years?

I’m guilty of letting those things store up in my closet to far too long. Looking to do some cleaning out, like me? Here are ways you can recycle or reuse your old media with this week’s installment of Where Can I Wednesday!

Where to Donate or Recycle VHS & Cassette Tapes – WCI was originally published on Green Philly Blog

Franny Lou’s Porch Kickstarter

Franny Lou's Porch

Franny Lou’s Porch is opening as a coffee & tea house in fall 2014 in the East Kensington Neighborhood (19125). They’re creating a space open to engage in activism, cultural awareness and advocacy. Did we mention they’ll be organic and natural, too?

Franny Lou’s Porch Kickstarter was originally published on Green Philly Blog