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Environmental Orgs

  • Air Quality
    • Audubon Pennsylvania | to conserve & restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, & their habitats |
    • Clean Air Council |
    • Idle Free Philly | report parked truck or bus running its engine for more than 5 minutes |
  • Climate Change
  • Mountain Justice Groups (against mountaintop removal for coal mining)
  • Conservation Groups
    • Lower Merion Conservancy | 1301 Rose Glen Road, Gladwyne, PA 19035 | 610-645-9030 | Engaging the Lower Merion & Narberth communities in protecting open space, the natural environment, and historic architecture. |
    • Natural Lands Trust | non-profit land conservation organization for eastern PA & southern NJ |
    • Pennsylvania Environmental Council | Protects & restores the natural & built environments through innovation, collaboration, education and advocacy |
  • Environmental Advocacy
    • Center for Environmental Policy, The Academy of Natural Sciences | 190 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Phila PA 19103 | Roland Wall | 215.299.1108 |
    • Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future (PennFuture) | 1518 Walnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19102 | (215) 545-9691 | Works to create a just future where nature, communities and the economy thrive. They enforce environmental laws and advocate for the transformation of public policy, public opinion and the marketplace to restore and protect the environment and safeguard public health. |
    • Clean Air Council | 135 South 19th Street, Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | 215-567-4004 x 114 |
    • Clean Water Action | 1315 Walnut Street, Suite 1650, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | 215-545-0250 |
    • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) | planning linking land use, transportation & environment | 215.592.1800 |
    • Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) Network | 123 Chestnut Street, Suite 401 Philadelphia, PA 19106 | (215) 592-7020 x103 | An Environmental Advisory Council is a group of 3-7 community residents appointed by local elected officials, that advises the local planning commission, park and recreation board and elected officials on the protection, conservation, management, promotion and use of natural resources within its territorial limits. |
    • Montgomery Township EAC | 1001 Stump Road, Montgomeryville, PA 18936 | (215) 393-6900 |
    • PennEnvironment | 1420 Walnut Street, Suite 650, Philadelphia, PA 19102 | (215) 732-5897 | focus on protecting Pennsylvania’s air, water and open spaces, speaking out & taking action at the local, state and national levels to improve the quality of our environment and our lives. |
    • Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) | 3606 Providence Road, Newtown Square, PA 19073 | 610-353-1555 | a nonprofit, environmental education and outreach organization focused on the conservation of natural resources, working in partnership with schools, businesses and government to promote ecologically sensitive lifestyle choices. Programs emphasize litter prevention, recycling, energy and resource conservation, community visual environment, watershed awareness and green lifestyles. |
    • Schuylkill Canal Association | Betsy Daley | 400 Towpath Road, P.O. Box 966, Oaks, PA 19456 | 610-917-0021 | Promotes the industrial heritage of the historic Schuylkill Navigation and encourages wide public use of the natural and recreational features available within the 3-mile linear greenway along the Schuylkill River in Montgomery County. |
    • Urban Land Institute (ULI) | Philadelphia Regional District Council | Susan Baltake | 880 Grove Street, Haddonfield, NJ 08033 | 856-428-8547 | A non-profit educational member-run organization whose mission is responsible land use to help create and sustain thriving communities worldwide. In this region, ULI Philadelphia covers the Eastern half of Pennsylvania, the Southern half of New Jersey, and Delaware. |
  • Environmental Advocacy, National Groups
    • Greenpeace | 232 S 4th St, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia PA 19106 | Carolyn Auwaerter & Myriam Fallon | 215.525.0145  |
    • Sierra Club | 32 College Ave, Swarthmore PA 19081 | Sue Edwards
  • Environmental Education
    • Overbrook Environmental Education Center | 6134 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia PA 19151 | 215.879.7770 |
    • Riverbend Environmental Education Center | 1950 Spring Mill Rd, Gladwyne PA 19035 | 610.527.5234 |
    • Schyulkill Center for Environmental Education | 8480 Hagys Mill Rd, Phila PA | 215.482.7300 |
    • Sustainable Choices | stormwater management | Dottie Baumgarten | 145 Harrison Ave, Glenside PA 19038 | 215.870.5650 |
  • Friends of..
    • Fairmount Park Conservancy | To enhance the quality of life of the Greater Philadelphia Region through the financial support of the Fairmount Park system |
    • Friends of Overington Park |
    • Friends of the Willows Cottage (FOWC) | 490 Darby-Paoli Rd | Villanova, PA 19085 | A non-profit organization committed to creating awareness about issues of sustainable living and offering educational opportunities that revolve around the four pillars of sustainability: community engagement, care for the environment, energy-efficiency, and healthy lifestyles. |
    • Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) |
  • Greening Groups
    • Green in Chestnut Hill (GRINCH) |
    • Mt Airy Greening Net (MAGNet) |
    • Penn Wynne Green | Wynnewood, PA 19096 | A community of neighbors making change for less waste, lower toxicity, and better health for our families and community. We are doing this by sharing resources and educating our community person to person, making every effort to be good stewards of our families and our earth. |
    • SUN?
    • Sustainable 19103 |
    • Sustainable 19125 | A broad & innovative partnership among community residents, businesses, and numerous government, nonprofit, and for profit partners to green the Fishtown, Olde Richmond, and East Kensington neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Its goal is to make 19125 the most sustainable zip code in the city. This community-driven initiative is led by New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC). |
    • Sustainable Delco |
  • Greening Groups in Faith-based organizations
    • Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church | Environmental and Social Justice group
      8812 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118 | 215-242-9321 | Our church is a national leader in relating spirituality and ecology. Since 1990, we have sponsored a major outreach project called “The Center for the Celebration of Creation.” This center has provided resources for many faith communities to connect spirit and Earth, a focus for our own congregational commitment to life styles that support a deep ecological view of life, and a wide range of celebratory and informational events at the nexus of religion and environment. |
    • Germantown Friends Meeting | Climate Change Working Group
      Jack Malinowski | 215-438-2334 | malfrazer at
    • Green Street Meeting | Green Team |
      Susan Christian, Clerk | susanchristian28 at | 215.438.2125
    • Main Line Unitarian Church | ECO Task Force
      Mary Kane | 484-341-8014 Established in 1991, this group educates members and the community about environmental issues, models to others our commitment to saving energy by using windpower and other alternative energies, etc. |
    • Mishkan Shalom | Green & Sustainability Committee | Margaret Lenzi | mlenzi at
    • Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) |
      Earthcare Working Group – Ed Dreby | 1515 Cherry Street | Philadelphia, PA 19102 | 609-261-8190 | With awareness of the spiritual roots of our ecological concerns, and believing that a healthy earth is basic to all Friends’ Testimonies, we work with monthly meetings, with other Friends organizations, and other faith communities, to witness to the ecological and spiritual imperative that our society transform its relationship with the earth. |
    • Eco-Justice Working Group | Friendly Households Project invites participating Quaker households to live more lightly on the earth and to embrace opportunities for positive societal change toward sustainability | Pat Finley, Clerk |
  • Greening Groups in Schools
    • Cheltenham High School | Environmental Task Force | 500 Rices Mill Rd, Wyncote, PA 19095 | Student-run environmental group planning and organizing the annual Earth Week, plastic recycling at the High School, and promoting environmental awareness amongst the students. | chsetf at
    • Lutheran Theological Seminary | Green Team | 7301 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119 | The Environmental Stewardship Commission and the Green Team are committed to creating more sustainable policies at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. We work to partner with our neighbors in Mt. Airy and the Philadelphia region to better care for our earth. We are also committed to training future leaders of the church who have the knowledge and skills to encourage environmentally friendly policies and teach ecologically informed theologies in congregations across the nation. | greenteam at
  • Green Spaces
    • Zora Plays | a visit to Philadelphia playgrounds by Zora and her dad Michael |
  • Tree Planting Groups
    • Northeast Tree Tenders | Philadelphia, PA | A group of volunteers that work to restore tree cover in Northeast Philadelphia. We have been trained by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to plant and care for our neighborhood trees. Our mission is not only to increase the public’s awareness of trees but also to provide the means necessary to plant trees at the homes of the neighborhoods we serve. |
    • Philadelphia Green | Tree Tenders & Plant One Million Trees programs |
    • Philly Tree Map |
    • Philly Tree People | planting trees in East Kensington, Kensington, Port Richmond and Fishtown |
    • Roofmeadow | green roofs |
    • Tree Philly | tree-planting initiative by City of Philadelphia Parks & Rec – goal of planting 15,000 new trees in 2012 | Erica Smith | erica.smith at | 215.683.0217 |
    • TreeVitalize | 100 N 20th St, 5th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103 | 215-988-8800 | A public private partnership established in 2004 by Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (PA DCNR), was established to address the loss of tree cover in Southeast Pennsylvania (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties). TreeVitalize aims to invest or leverage an $8 million investment in tree planting and care over a four year period. Goals include planting 20,000 shade trees; restoring 1,000 acres of forests along streams and water protection areas; and training 2,000 citizens to plant and care for trees. |
    • UC Green | 3616 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104 | 215-573-4684 | To promote, coordinate, and support volunteer community greening in University City, West Philadelphia neighborhoods. Through partnerships we build community, support sustainable practices, and champion environmental stewardship. Every year, more than 1,000 UC Green volunteers plant over 300 street trees and contribute over 3,000 hours in service back to the community. The UC Green Corps, our summer youth employment program, provides tree maintenance and develops future environmental stewards while offering a rewarding and educational job opportunity. |
    • Urban Tree Connection | non-profit working with community residents to transform overgrown trash-filled vacant lots into gardens that can be enjoyed by everyone, including tree plantings |
  • Water Conservation
    • Trader Travis | rain barrel construction | Travis Skidmore |
    • Sustainable Choices | stormwater management | Dottie Baumgarten | 145 Harrison Ave, Glenside PA 19038 | 215.870.5650 |
  • Water Quality
    • Delaware River Estuary | leads collaborative and creative efforts to protect and enhance the Delaware Estuary and its tributaries for current and future generations |
    • Delaware River City Corp | revitalize a sustainable riverfront corridor in Northeast Philadelphia by reconnecting the people, places, businesses, and neighborhoods of the City of Philadelphia and the surrounding region to the Delaware River |
    • Delaware Riverkeeper Network | environmental advocacy, volunteer monitoring programs, stream restoration projects and public education  |
    • Delaware River Waterfront Corporation | design, develop and manage the central Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia between Oregon and Allegheny Avenues |
    • Protecting Our Waters | Philadelphia-based grassroots alliance committed to protecting the Delaware River Basin, the state of Pennsylvania, and our region from unconventional gas drilling and other threats to our drinking water, environment, and public health | Iris Bloom | 215.690.1278 |
    • Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership |
  • Wildlife Rescue
    • Schuylkill Center’s Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic | only wildlife clinic for 3 counties that accepts all species of wild animal; treating over 3000 patients a year – injured, sick and orphaned wild animals, mostly injured through the actions of human beings | Roxborough, Phila PA | Michele Wellard | Assistant Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation |