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Green Philly helps you live a more sustainable lifestyle. 

Founded in 2008, Green Philly is a media company that connects people to sustainable solutions through our website, events, and podcast.

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 City Rising 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

Green Philly event table

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

Alison Burdo

Alison Burdo is a project manager with Green Philly, focusing on the development and execution of its coverage of the Delaware Watershed. A Philadelphia-based journalist for the past seven years, Burdo most recently supported the launch of the Initiative for Better Gun Violence Reporting. Her experience includes reporting exclusive, enterprise stories on the 2015 papal visit and the 2016 Democratic National Convention; leading an investigation into the epidemic of unsolved missing persons cases; and regularly breaking news related to Philadelphia's precedent-setting soda tax.

Melissa Molter

Melissa is majoring in Communications and Public Relations and minoring in Psychology at Villanova University. She is a marketing/event planning intern at Green Philly, but when she is not working, her favorite pastimes are performing with her A Cappella group or watching college basketball!

Jessica Rogers

Jessica is a sophomore Journalism major at Temple University. In her free time, she loves exploring the city and hiking new trails. When she's not outside, she's usually reading a good book or working on a short story.

Jamie McClelland

Jamie is a junior at Villanova University double majoring in English and Communications with a specialization in Media Production. She is currently an Editorial Intern at Green Philly. In her spare time she enjoys writing poetry and short stories, along with watching movies and exploring Philly.

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 amatueur vegetarian chef, Harry Potter trivia champion and occasional world traveler.

Meet Contributors

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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