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Green Philly helps you live a more sustainable lifestyle. Founded in 2008 to make sustainability accessible for all Philadelphians, Green Philly is a community-focused resource that connects people to sustainable solutions, educates and empowers its readers.

Find out about local changemakers making a difference, ethical businesses and individuals. Discover how to recycle odd objects in our Where Can I Wednesday column.

We also have resources including a community events calendar, job board and podcast. Find us on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Green Philly hosts events throughout the year including panel discussions, educational flash talks, and SustainPHL in August, Philly’s annual sustainability awards ceremony and celebration.

How it Began

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Since I was little, I remember an assembly in the school auditorium about recycling. Rick, dressed head-to-toe in a park ranger uniform, started a song called “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. (Those may have been the only lyrics…)

Fast forward to 2008. Every employee had a trashcan and recycling bin at their desk, and I took the time to rinse and put my recyclables in the right place. Then, I found out from my coworker that our employer was taking the recycling bin contents, and throwing them into the trashcan.

I was outraged.

Sustainability shouldn’t be hard.

Green Philly was born from frustrations and expectations that we – Philadelphia, young adults, and community – could simply do better.

Although we started as a blog, we’ve evolved into a media company that connects people to sustainable solutions. We still promise the same core values that grew from our roots: sharing the local, easy and low-cost choices to live sustainably. Sustainability goes beyond recycling and affects every choice we make.

The Team That Makes it Happen…

Co-Founder & Editor-In-Chief

Julie Hancher

Julie Hancher is Co-Founder & Editor of Green Philly, a local media company that makes sustainable living easy, accessible and affordable to the region through its website, events and podcast.

In 2016, Hancher created SustainPHL, Philadelphia’s annual sustainability awards and celebrations. Green Philly launched the City Rising podcast in Fall 2018, available on Apple, Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.

Julie is a frequent speaker and sustainability expert and has appeared on WHYY Radio Times, Philly Weekly, Travel & Leisure and more. During her tenure at Green Philly, her initiatives have resulted in plastic bag legislation, connected readers to careers, and increased the security of the Schuylkill River Trail.

She graduated from Pennsylvania State University and completed a Climate Change Science, Communication and Action certificate from Cornell University. When she’s not behind a computer, you can find Julie hiking, biking, creating art and recipes, or traveling.

Meet the Team

Jazmin Toledo

Jazmin Toledo is the Business Development Specialist at Green Philly and is also finishing up her master’s degree in Sustainable Design at Jefferson. Sprouting from her passion in sustainability, when she’s not working or at school, she enjoys taking care of her plants and sipping on an ice-cold (preferably local) IPA.

Madeline Jones

Madeleine Jones, who goes by her last name, is the Editorial Intern at Green Philly. She is new to Philadelphia and recently graduated from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, with a bachelor's in Environmental Studies and International Studies. Jones spends her free time engulfing books, sampling Philly's vegan restaurants, fawning over her pet mouse, and filling out job applications.

Sarah Jang

Sarah is a junior at the University of Michigan studying Public Health and Chemistry. She hopes to pursue a future that intertwines her interests in education and public health. Her favorite way of learning is by listening to a good podcast (anything NPR). You can almost always find Sarah with a cup of her favorite beverage, tea.

Meet Contributors

Brianna Baker

Brianna is a Philly-based journalist and Baltimore native with a passion for reporting on urban sustainability and environmental justice. In her free time, she's an amateur vegetarian chef, Harry Potter trivia champion and occasional world traveler.

Siani Colón

Siani is a junior journalism major with a minor in Latin American Studies at Temple University. She is an editorial fellow at Motivos Magazine and also works for student publications like The Temple News and 14th Street Magazine. During her downtime, Siani loves watching documentaries on Netflix.

Matt Gregory

Matt Gregory is a digital marketing expert who specializes in SEO (search engine optimization). He moved from the suburbs to the city to explore the endless opportunity, culture, and activity that Philadelphia has to offer. You can find Matt on South Street eating a cheese steak at Jim's or at a local bar on Sunday watching the Eagles win!
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