Philadelphia has committed to reducing citywide carbon emissions 80% and moving to 100% renewable energy by 2050. We have already made significant strides towards meeting these goals.
However, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) indicates that carbon emissions need to be dramatically reduced by 2030 to stave off the worst impacts of climate change. The City is taking action to help combat the climate crisis, but we can’t do it alone.
Here are some ways you can join us in our efforts:
Walk, take transit, or bike
According to WalkScore, Philadelphia is the fifth most walkable city in the U.S. We also have the highest share of people commuting by bike of any large city in the U.S.
Don’t have a bike? Try Indego — with over 1,000 self-service bikes and 130+ stations, Indego offers 24/7 access to the city on your schedule.
Join the Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia
The Office of Sustainability launched the Climate Collaborative of Greater Philadelphia. This regional partnership is designed to help leaders, businesses, and large organizations get involved in the fight to combat climate change.
Install stormwater management tools at your home
Through Rain Check, you can save money, beautiful your outdoor space, and help protect Philadelphia’s rivers and streams. So far, more than 5,000 Philadelphia residents have installed stormwater management tools on their properties to stop pollution from entering our waterways.
Learn about the city’s composting resources
Philadelphia dumps 400,000 tons of food and yard scraps into the landfill each year! This trash costs Philadelphia taxpayers money and contributes to climate change. Composting organic materials (like food scraps and yard waste) keeps organic waste out of landfills, and it also creates material that can be added to soil to help plants grow.
Look into getting solar installed at home
Solarize Philly is a citywide program to help all Philadelphians go solar at home. This program makes the process of installing solar easier and more affordable. It also supports solar training at the School District of Philadelphia for students who are interested in green careers.