Announcing the SustainPHL 2019 Award Recipients
Last evening was our fourth annual SustainPHL! Congratulations to our amazing 2019 nominees AND award recipients. Thank you to all of the attendees, sponsors, partners, my committee, and all of those who made the evening a success!
Read about ALL of the nominees in our previous posts. Here’s a list of last night’s award recipients.
SUSTAINPHL 2019: AWARD RECIPIENTS
JEFFERSON SUSTAINABILITY MENTOR:
As a platform for radical and collaborative imagination, the Urban Creators actively brings its mission to life by using food, art & celebration, and political education as tools to nurture resilience, self-determination, equity, and youth empowerment in historically under-invested communities.
Ash Richards is currently the Urban Agriculture Director at Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and has worked as a city planner for the City of Philadelphia since 2011. They also co-chair the Food Policy Advisory Council’s Urban Agriculture Sub-Committee in their efforts to support farms and gardens and redefine urban agriculture as an essential long-term community resource.
Joanne Douglas is the Watershed Interpretation and River Youth Program Manager of Bartram’s Garden High School River Internship Program and a founding member of Encouraging Development of a Green Economy (EDGE), as well as a former environmental educator at Glen Foerd on the Delaware. Her work as an environmental artist investigates the complicated connections and relationships between humans, water, industry and its influence on perceptions and definitions of space through the use of textiles, fibers, and creative writing.
Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild
Located in the cradle of American beekeeping, the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild works to encourage and promote urban beekeeping through fellowship and education, and to raise awareness of the importance of bees for a sustainable environment.
IMPACT BUSINESS LEADER:
Remark is a majority women-owned studio and small team with local roots that transforms waste bottle glass into functional wares for residential and commercial use. They collect from individuals and businesses to custom reinvent their bottles and reintroduce that same glass back into their homes or workplaces.
Anna Welsh of littlebags.bigimpact
Anna is the Founder and CEO of littlebags.bigimpact, an accessory brand that makes bags out of locally resourced and reclaimed materials that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.
Wearwell is a tech company offering a one-of-a-kind personalized shopping experience that makes it effortless to find clothing that fits a customer’s style while protecting and ensuring workers’ rights and environmental sustainability. The company makes it easy for their members to use their purchasing power to drive change in the fashion industry so that one day, fair wages, safe work environments, and sustainable material choices will be the norm.
ACTIVIST OF THE YEAR:
Since 2001, Arnett Woodall has been actively involved in making a difference in Philadelphia through his work with West Phillie Produce/A&W Community Solutions, a beacon in the community and the center of activity. Here, residents will not only find fresh fruits and vegetables in a food desert, but can also find information about community events and city programs.
As Vice President of the Grays Ferry Civic Association and an active civic leader within the Grays Ferry Community, Kyle actively works to reduce poverty through equitable development, effective sustainability efforts, and accessible infrastructure.