Drexel Green

A Commitment Towards a More Sustainable Community

Moss Dragon Earth Day Block Party Farmer's Market Spring Blossoms on Korman Center Walk Tulips outside of the Law Building Students in front of Handschumacher Dining Center The Biowall in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building Drexel Park Flowers at Drexel Earth Day Celebrations Fitness Quad at the Drexel Recreation Center, Recycling Rainwater Race Street Walkway and Northside Dining Terrace Green Roof at the Millennium Residence Hall Rush Building Alumni Garden Autumn Leaves on Arch Street

Lecture Series

2012 Sustainability Education Series

Cooking Sustainably

January 30, 2012
Presented by
Andrew Brown
Executive Chef, opaphiladelphia.com

Sustainability is about protecting the environment as well as caring for the physical and economic health of our selves and our community. Local chef, Andrew Brown, shared with the Drexel community how he incorporates sustainable practices into his menu at Opa.

Shopping Sustainably

February 7, 2012
Presented by
Ann Karlen
Executive Director, Fair Food, fairfoodphilly.org

download Ann Karlen biography

Fair Food has been uniting local farmers with businesses and consumers for over a decade. They promote the importance of family farms and create a year-round marketplace for fresh, local and humane food products in the Greater Philadelphia region. They provide an assortment of programs and services that contribute to a strong and sustainable local food system. Supporting farmers, connecting consumers, educating the public and celebrating the joys of local food.

Whole Foods Shopping Sustainably Video
Shopping Sustainably: Whole Foods Multimedia Presentation

Shopping Sustainably

February 22, 2012
Presented by
Whole Foods, wholefoodsmarket.com
Mia Woods, In-Store Educator; Debbie Rivette, Produce; Jamie Kotmair, Grocery; Sara Perlstein, Prepared Foods; Meghan Keary, Whole Body; Jack Connell, Seafood; Robert Woods, Meat; Kristin Woodling, Front End

Small choices you make every day really make a difference in the world. When you choose to purchase sustainable products, you are actively using your buying power to create new economic opportunities for workers in the local area and the developing world. The buyers for Whole Foods discussed how they decide which vendors and products to offer in their store to the Drexel community.

Recycling Video
Recycling: Maurice Sampson Multimedia Presentation


March 15, 2012
Presented by
Maurice Sampson
President and CEO, Niche Recycling, Inc. nicherecycling.com

download Maurice Sampson biography

Recycling programs in Philadelphia were established in the mid-1980ʼs. Learn how it all began, and how it has evolved up to today, from one of the original program planners. Mr. Sampson has a long history in recycling and waste management, and will present a historical perspective on the practical application, and his current political involvement in Philadelphiaʼs planning for the future.

Composting Video
Composting: Lee Meinicke Multimedia Presentation


April 12, 2012
Presented by
Lee Meinicke
Philly Compost, phillycompost.com

view Lee Meinicke biography

Attendees from the Drexel community learned about the impact Philly Compost has made on its community. The importance of composting was discussed, as well as how city residents can incorporate composting into their daily routine.


April 19, 2012
Presented by
Sally McCabe
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society,
HS Garden Tenders & Green City Teachers, pennsylvaniahorticulturalsociety.org

Download the PHS Four-Season Gardening Chart [PDF]

For novice to experienced gardeners: 4-season gardening - Preparing the spring garden; food gardening; small space gardening; season extenders; organic pest control; soil building.

Sustainable Building and Renovation

May 15, 2012
Presented by
Janet Milkman
Executive Director, Delaware Valley Green Building Council, dvgbc.org
download Janet Milkman biography

Attendees from the Drexel community learned about what makes a building or renovation project green and how green buildings impact the health and productivity of occupants and the surrounding environment, what’s happening around green buildings in Philadelphia, and what’s next on the horizon. The Delaware Valley Green Building Council works to inspire, educate, and connect people around green building practices that will transform our communities into healthier, more prosperous places for people to live, work and learn.

Contact Lisa Unruh for more information about any of the 2012 Sustainability Education Series events.

2009 Global Warming Speakers Series

2009 Drexel Green Lecture Series

In winter 2009, Drexel Green hosted a lecture series featuring presentations by leading climate scientists and strategists:

  • Dr. Heidi Cullen, The Weather Channel
  • Dr. David Robinson, State Climatologist, New Jersey
  • Dr. Michael H. Schwartz, Senior Vice President, Commercial Strategy, Duke Energy
  • Dr. Paul Falkowski, Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Institute of Marine & Coastal Science, Rutgers University
  • Nels Johnson and Wayne Klockner, The Nature Conservancy
  • J. Timmons Roberts, Director, Environmental Science and Policy, School of the Environment, College of William & Mary
  • Dr. James Gustave Speth, Dean, School of the Environment, Yale University
  • Dr. Patricia Jellison, Chief of Global Change Research & Development, U.S. Geological Survey

For MP3 podcasts and videos of the presentations, visit the Multimedia page.