Philadelphia 2030 District Newsletter | July 2017

By Katie Bartolotta

Posted July 24, 2017

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June Meeting Recap

On June 19, the Exploratory Committee of the Philadelphia 2030 District met to discuss the district’s transportation emissions goal. We heard from area experts on the topic including Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission’s (DVRPC) Rob Graff and Stacy Bartels who presented on trends in the region’s greenhouse gas emissions as well as DVRPC’s commuter services and Becky Collins from the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) who provided an overview of SEPTA’s efforts to reduce GHGs from its fleet and the region as well as its customer outreach program. 

Thanks again to DVRPC for the use of their space!

Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House Tour

On July 12, city and state elected officials and staffers joined Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance (KEEA) and DVGBC for a tour of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House’s (PRMH) comprehensive energy efficiency upgrades.

Their investment in innovative, energy efficient and water conservation upgrades has made the charity a model for businesses that conserve energy while saving money. The projects implemented at PRMH saved 31,827 kWhs of energy, and the cost savings and incentives meant that the charity was able to pay back the cost of the retrofit in just 1.4 years.

Even with a 3 percent increase in their occupancy rate, PRMH reduced energy costs from over $102,000 to $85,204 over five years. To do this, the non-profit implemented energy efficiency measures including upgrades to inefficient lighting, adding occupancy/motion sensors, installing programmable thermostats, adding a boiler cycling controller and replacing 66, 20-year old windows.

The energy efficient retrofits at PRMH do more than conserve energy – they directly impact the non-profit’s bottom line. Since the retrofit, money saved through efficiency upgrades at PRMH is re-invested directly into their programs. Through these initiatives PRMH supports the families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope.

Attendees, including representatives from the City of Philadelphia Office of Sustainability and Philadelphia Energy Authority, also learned about expansion plans at the current PRMH campus. The tour was also attended by staff from the offices of Senator Sharif Street, Senator Tony Williams, Rep. Donna Bullock, Rep. Jason Dawkins and Rep. Rosita Youngblood. Philadelphia Council staffers from Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Councilman Derek Green’s offices also attended to learn about how energy efficient upgrades are helping Pennsylvania businesses and charities.

In the News

Philadelphia Tribune
Local legislators tour charity’s energy upgrades

Sponsor Spotlight

Philadelphia 2030 District sponsorship provides unique marketing visibility as well as access and the opportunity to present in member-only district meetings. If you are interested in becoming a 2030 District Sponsor, please complete the following sponsorship form.

Thank you to Graboyes Commercial Window CompanySageGlass, and Veolia for sponsoring the Philadelphia 2030 District at the Meeting Sponsor Level!

Early adopters

The City of Philadelphia has joined our list of early adopters, which includes Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, CBRE, and the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. The first 10 owner/managers to commit property to the Philadelphia 2030 District are considered early adopters.

Get Involved

The district is seeking additional property partners who commit buildings to the goals, resource partners who can deliver services and sponsor the district, as well as community partners who can provide specialize expertise and support to the district as needed. Please contact Katie Bartolotta, DVGBC’s Policy and Program Manager, at to learn more.

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