As a result of the US government’s deregulation of air pollution protections, drilling and extraction, emissions resulting from increased manufacturing, and accelerated climate change, Philadelphia is suffering from a rapid increase of pollution. This has not only impacted the population, but also local ecosystems within urban centers, parks, and more recently the Delaware River. The Environmental Sustainability project takes a multi-faceted approach to combating these issues by focusing on sustainability, recycling and environmental education initiatives.
Volunteers on this project can expect to work with sustainable community partners in community gardens, public parks, urban farms, and other outdoor spaces to assist efforts toward making these spaces clean and environmentally sustainable. You will assist with nature conservation efforts such as the removal of invasive species and help to combat pollution by promoting the viable use of green spaces, tree planting, river cleanups, and environmental education within the community via outreach programming, which in turn will help to make the city a healthier, safer and environmentally sustainable place for those who reside there.
If you like getting your hands dirty, working in nature and are passionate about environmental sustainability efforts then this is the project for you!
It’s important to note this project predominantly involves working outside and you should keep this in mind for the time of year you are choosing to volunteer. You should come prepared for the seasonal weather and be particularly aware that winter in Philadelphia can be very cold.
Why volunteer in Philadelphia?
As the first American capital and the birthplace of ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’, Philadelphia is steeped in history, arts and culture across its vibrant neighborhoods, markets and beer gardens. The city is starting to make progress in tackling its pollution problem, with the Delaware River being named 2020 River of the Year and seeing a resurgence of wildlife thanks to restoration efforts. There is still much to be done though. Volunteering on our Environmental Sustainability program is a highly rewarding way to experience this beautiful city while protecting its delicate ecosystems.