These Philly Leaders Are Nominees for the 2018 SustainPHL Awards

Winners in categories like “business innovation” and "sustainability mentor" will be honored for raising the bar on environmental consciousness in Philadelphia.

2017 SustainPHL Awards. Photo via Green Philly.

From sustainability visionaries to local environmental heroes, the nominees for this year’s SustainPHL awards have already made enduring impressions on Philadelphia’s sustainability efforts.

On Thursday, August 16, the third annual SustainPHL ceremony will recognize 29 change-makers across nine categories that include Impact Business Leader, Business Innovation, Social Impact, Climate Hero, Sustainability Mentor, Sustainable Communities, Neighborhood Champion, Activist of the Year, and #FuturePHL.

In its third year, the Green Philly event aims to develop awareness of sustainability and its function in the city, and the ideas that can keep Philadelphia innovating in the space. Tickets for the evening are on sale now, with early bird deals expiring on June 29.

Here’s the complete list of this year’s SustainPHL nominees:

Impact Business Leader

These businesses are making an impact in our community, by employing community members as well as positively affecting our environment. Impact businesses are proof that for-profit enterprises can be stewards of social and environmental change, creating that triple-bottom line.

Business Innovation

This nominee is a for-profit company with a new and innovative product, solution or service.

Social Impact

This nominee has created impact beyond the conventional definition of sustainability by promoting communities to thrive both economically and sustainably and broadening in the reach of sustainability to new communities that could have been neglected.

Climate Hero

This nominee is combating climate change through communications and large-scale initiatives and programs. These initiatives and programs can dramatically improve sustainability (infrastructure, policy, restoration, research).

Sustainability Mentor

This nominee is broadening the reach of sustainability education and/or deepening the knowledge within the community (to traditional and non-traditional students).

Sustainable Communities

This nominee is working to provide communities with equitable access to clean air and water, clean and open spaces, and energy-efficient resources, as well as protecting local wildlife and habitats.

Neighborhood Champion

This nominee is making a difference on a micro level (neighborhood engagement, block captain, etc) and his/her/their efforts could be unrecognized.

Activist of the Year

This nominee is promoting a sustainability cause and is an activist in his/her/their community by increasing visibility and awareness of sustainability initiatives to new and broader audiences.


This nominee is propelling Philadelphia’s future in sustainability.