Philadelphia Highlights Sustainability Achievements with Greenworks Progress Report

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability recently released the 2014 progress report on the city’s successful Greenworks Philadelphia program, which documented gains in each of the plan’s target areas: energy, environment, equity, economy and engagement.

“The pace and scale of implementation continues to grow, demonstrating that support for sustainability efforts is only getting stronger,” said Mayor Nutter. “Our Administration will continue to work to reach our goal of becoming the greenest city in America.”

The report confirmed that Philadelphia has made substantial improvements in the five years since Greenworks began, with work on 160 of 164 initiatives either underway or complete. These initiatives have helped the city achieve an eight percent reduction in citywide greenhouse gas emissions since 2006.

Additional major achievements under the program include surpassing the city’s air quality targets for the first time in 2013, and exceeding its 70 percent waste diversion goal through waste-to-energy and recycling programs two years in a row.

The report is a reminder of the importance of data to benchmark progress for any city, something the C40 research team and other partners – like CDP – recognize as key for showing the impacts of the climate actions being taken on a local level that are having a global impact.

To read the report, click here.

To read the press release, click here.