October 12 is Dine Out for the Environment, Clean Air Council’s annual autumn celebration of sustainable dining in the Philadelphia area! This year’s Dine Out for the Environment welcomes two new restaurants and three new sponsors to the Clean Air Council family. Please say hello to our newest friends in the fight for a healthier region.
The Energy Co-op – Partnering for their second consecutive Clean Air Council event after sponsoring our solar panels at Greenfest 2017, The Energy Co-op is the region’s only non-profit, member-owned energy supplier. By being a cooperative member and simply paying your energy bill, you can be sure that you are making a lasting impact. Don’t just choose your energy company; own it.
Girard on Girard – Serving up breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack offerings in Fishtown from 8a-4p, this BYOB bruncherie has all the vegan and vegetarian options one could want, as well as creative poultry dishes. Stop by after two for a special appetizer happy hour!
Natural Awakenings Magazine – Natural Awakenings Magazine is Philadelphia’s guide to a healthier, more balanced life, providing insights and information to improve our quality of life physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You can find Natural Awakenings Magazine in local health food stores, fitness centers, bookstores, health care facilities, libraries and the restaurants participating in Dine Out for the Environment.
The Greyhound Cafe – The owners and chefs at The Greyhound Cafe believe eating plant-based food should be more of a celebration, rather than a sacrifice. They celebrate this belief by reinterpreting Italian, Mexican, and brunch inspired dining – and everything is 100 plant-based. Nestled in Malvern, this vegetarian’s dream is also BYOB!
Grid Magazine – Grid Magazine reflects the best of the Philadelphia region: our social entrepreneurs, food innovators and wellness advocates; our makers and doers, artists and activists. Grid’s politics are informed by social, racial, economic and environmental justice, and eager readers can find free copies throughout the region or sign up for a subscription.
Thanks to all the restaurants participating in Dine Out for the Environment, including:
- Bar Hygge
- Bistrot La Minette
- Cosmic Cafe
- Curds and Whey
- Earth – Bread + Brewery
- Girard on Girard
- Greyhound Cafe
- Luna Cafe
- Night Kitchen Bakery and Cafe
- Revolution Taco
- Schmear It
- Square 1682
Make your #DOFE2017 plans! Bring up your calendar, call up that special someone, and give back to the planet you love in the easiest and most delicious way possible at one of our participating restaurants. And, of course, you can always double your donation by contributing directly at CleanAir.org!
On June, 1st 2017, President Donald Trump announced that he was pulling the United States, the second largest greenhouse gas polluter on earth after China, out of the Paris Climate Agreement.
This move came only a year and a half after, for the first time, nearly every nation on earth came to a unanimous agreement on the reality of a changing climate. In December 2015, after weeks of intense negotiation, countries committed to help solve the problem by signing the Paris accord. All nations on this planet (except Syria because it is currently in a civil war and Nicaragua because the deal didn’t go far enough) agreed to a clear target: keep the global average temperature from rising 2 degrees Celsius by the end of the century, as compared to rising temperatures during the 19th century before the industrial revolution.
The agreement recognized the prevailing climate scientific consensus: that after a 2 degree Celsius rise in temperature, we risk dramatic changes in weather patterns, food and water crises and an overall more hostile world. Currently, if fossil fuel use stays the same and we do nothing to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, we could warm the planet up to 6 degrees Celsius by the end of the 21st century.
Trump’s main reason for leaving the accord was because he said it was “a bad deal,” for the US. The Paris accord, however, was not “a deal” in the way Trump uses the phrase. The agreement did not mandate any nation to abide by a specific negotiated obligation. The agreement states that the 2-degree goal would be achieved by cutting emissions “as soon as possible” based on a country’s specific reduction targets. The agreement doesn’t detail exactly how countries should reach its national targets. Rather, it provides a framework for gaining momentum on greenhouse gas reduction. This means that every government involved in the Paris talks had the option of deciding how much it would reduce its own emissions, based on what it thought it could deliver. So no one actually got a bad deal, because everyone defined their own terms.
At this point, 197 countries (which equal 98.9% of global emissions) already have submitted their national climate targets, which they want to pursue to bring down their emissions. The US—a country with just over 4 percent of the world’s population, but responsible for almost a third of the excess carbon dioxide that is heating the planet—agreed to lower emissions by 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. In context, this is a fairly moderate reduction as compared to other Global North nations. The European Union pledged, as a group of 28 countries, to cut emissions by 40%. The United State’s main tools to achieve its promised reduction were Obama era climate policies such as the Clean Power Plan and stricter fuel emissions standards. These policies are not only aimed at accelerating the current pace of electricity de-carbonization (reducing the emissions of electricity generated) and implementing green energy, but also reducing health-damaging ambient particle pollution (mainly due to fuel combustion from cars and power plants) and ozone.
First of all, let’s be clear on what a withdrawal means: President Trump announced his intention to withdraw via the accord’s formal process—which cannot begin until 3 years after the Agreement entered into force: meaning November 2019. Also, the Trump administration plans to follow the accord’s formal withdrawal mechanism, a long legal process that will take at least a year to carry out. The official exit of the US from the agreement will not come until around November 2020—coincidentally coinciding with the next presidential election. It should also be noted that a future administration could always rejoin.
This doesn’t mean that the Trump administration can’t do damage in the interim. President Trump’s decision to leave the agreement is the most significant in that it’s a clear signal of the direction in which he plans to take federal environmental and energy policy. He will keep trying to dismantle climate-friendly policies, including the Clean Power Plan, which sought to curtail emissions from power plants, and various regulations on methane leaks from oil and gas operations. Whether or not he’ll be successful is still far from assured, since it will take years to carry out a process of withdrawing and revising science-based regulations. This process will also possibly be affected by a slew of legal challenges by cities, states, and environmental groups. Nevertheless, it is likely that coal, oil, and gas will have less regulatory oversight than current levels. A recent analysis suggests that if Trump’s plans go forward, emissions will still fall between 15 to 19 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 as opposed to the 26-28 percent the U.S. aspired to in the Paris talks due to market forces.
Additionally, experts see another impact of the Trump presidency and withdrawal from the accord: his favoring of fossil fuels over green energy will likely have repercussions on US businesses. U.S. businesses may miss out on the booming clean energy marketplace worldwide that the Paris Agreement is accelerating. For example, China is already investing more than double than the US in clean energy and its carbon emissions have stayed flat or declined for the past 3 years. India and Europe, which, have a booming solar and wind industry and are on an irreversible path toward green development. These are the future world leaders in green energy, not the United States.
For many of us, this is all understandably very distressing. But there is a reason for optimism.
As President Trump and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt bury their heads deeper and deeper into the sand, local efforts to stop climate change are intensifying. States like California and New York—whose combined economies comprise the fourth largest economy on earth—have vowed to pursue their own power plant and vehicle emission reduction programs. Even red states like Iowa, Kansas, North Dakota or Texas get it: the largest percentage of these state’s power is from wind energy. And the private sector is already shifting toward cleaner and more cost-efficient energies regardless of the federal government’s political stances. And just last month, Philadelphia among more than 250 US cities pledged to run entirely on renewable sources such as wind and solar energy by 2035.
As such, green energy employment opportunities are growing rapidly. Jobs in the green energy sector are already growing 12 times faster than the overall US economy. Here in Pennsylvania, the number of clean-energy jobs is up 15% in just two years. Now more than 66,000 workers are employed in the renewable energy sector—about twice as many PA workers in mining, oil and gas combined. Nationally, there are 1.2 million green energy jobs in states that voted for Trump already (out of 2.6 million across the US).
However, to keep this trend up, it is important that local lawmakers keep expanding and renewing green policies. Elected officials need to hear from their constituents. Just recently, over 11,000 comments were submitted to the PA Department of Environmental Protection in support of natural gas pollution standards. Join the chorus of voices who support green energy, cleaner air, and healthier communities. Call, send a letter, or send an email to your elected official and demand action on climate change.
“Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards, there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine, a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”
We’re pretty sure that Ben Franklin, an early environmentalist and lover of beer, wine, and spirits, would be celebrating Dine Out for the Environment with a great meal and beverage. Be like Ben and grab your friends for a Dine Out for the Environment happy hour or dinner. These fine establishments will be donating 15% of food and alcohol!
49 St. James Place, Ardmore-11am-10pm
931 Spring Garden St-5pm-12am
1710 North 5th Street-4:00pm-2:00am
50 S.16th St, 37th Floor Two Liberty Place-4pm-11pm
7136 Germantown Avenue-4:30pm-12am
Dine Out for the Environment is a great opportunity to show someone you care about them…and support Clean Air Council. Take a friend, family member, or that special someone out for a Dine Out for the Environment date. These restaurants, like R2L featured above, are perfect for celebrating a special evening sustainably.
Try: Gettin Hygge With It Cocktail – Choice of vodka, rum or scotch, lime, ginger, bitters, simple syrup, green cardamom tincture.
Donation: 15% of food and beverages
1720 Fairmount Avenue-4pm-12am
Bistrot La Minette
Try: Hachis Parmentier au Légumes – Ragout of green Puy lentils, roasted vegetables, royal trumpet mushrooms, Comté cheese pommes purée.
Donation: 15% of food
623 South 6th Street, 5:30pm-10:30pm
Earth – Bread + Brewery
Try: The Seed – Roasted garlic puree, pine nuts, pumpkin + sesame seeds, mozzarella and red pepper flakes.
Donation: 15% of food
7136 Germantown Avenue-4:30pm-12am
Try: Grilled Truffle Flatbread – arugula, lemon + parmesan.
Donation: 15% of food and beverages
50 S.16th St, 37th Floor Two Liberty Place-4pm-10pm
Dine Out for the Environment is Thursday, 10/12 and it’s time to start making your game day plan. Clean Air Council staff members have been hard at work, not only protecting the environment but deciding which restaurants they are going to visit for their annual Dine Out for the Environment Celebration(s).
If you didn’t already know, over a dozen sustainable restaurants across the Philadelphia area are donating a portion of their sales for the day to Clean Air Council.
Kathryn, Staff Attorney
“I plan to stop by Curds and Whey in Jenkintown for Dine Out for Environment. Good food and friendly faces and less than two blocks from the train! ”
Russell, Advocacy Coordinator
“For this year’s Dine Out For the Environment, I’m heading back to the Schmear It and ordering the Philly Roll again. It is a great a way to show city pride while enjoying a profoundly weird and wholly satisfying confluence of cuisine.”
Carter, Membership Coordinator
“I’m excited to head out of the city and meet my parents at The Greyhound Cafe in Malvern, PA for dinner. Their entire menu is vegan comfort food so I can indulge without feeling guilty.”
Ptah, Go Philly Go Content Coordinator
“I can’t wait to get on my bike and Dine Out for the Environment, but I’m even more excited to try the bacon wrapped dates from Square 1682, and the reuben duck wings from Bar Hygge. Both will be washed down with some local brews of course!”
Kamali, Sustainable Transportation and Special Events Outreach Coordinator
“It’s awesome that Night Kitchen Bakery and Cafe is Green Restaurant Certified! It looks like the weather will be perfect for Grilled Cheese and a cup of soup.”
Matt, Sponsorship Coordinator
“As someone who doesn’t eat beef or pork it often proves challenging to find exotic poultry creations at an affordable price, so I’m especially excited to try the Piri Chicken Sando at Girard on Girard!”
Katie, Social Media Director
“For my fourth Dine Out for the Environment, I’ll start the day at Square 1682. Their raw juice “Best Me” is an amazing combination of beets, carrots, ginger, and cilantro that will make a morning person out of anyone. For dinner, I’m planning a date night at my favorite neighborhood restaurant – Bistro La Minette.”
Joe, Executive Director
“I’ve started a Dine Out for the Environment tradition by taking my wife out to R2L each year. The view is spectacular. Looking out over Philadelphia, I’m inspired to work even harder to protect clean air.”
Where will you Dine Out for the Environment?
Don’t wait until the weekend to celebrate with a great breakfast meal. On October 13th, plan a Dine Out for the Environment Brunch! Whether you use brunch as a creative meeting choice or just plan to take your lunch break a little early, here are some spots and dishes that we recommend, as well as their breakfast hours.
United by Blue Flagship – Huran Vegan BLT
Smoked tempeh, lettuce, tomato, soy mayo on yards ESA multigrain.
144 N 2nd St., 7am – 7pm
Luna Cafe – Breakfast Bowl
Quinoa, black beans, pico, avocado, cheddar cheese, and a sunny side up egg all on top of a bed of local arugula.
317 Market St., 7am – 4pm
Cosmic Cafe – Breakfast Burrito
Scrambled eggs, peppers, onions, red & sweet potatoes, black bean salsa and cheddar cheese Rolled in a 12″ Whole Wheat Tortilla.
1 Boathouse Row, 8am – 7pm
Hubbub Coffee – Green Juice Phase II
Cucumber, spinach, kale, apple, lemon, ginger – 100% cold pressed, organic, raw & vegan.
1717 Arch St., 6:30am – 6pm
3736 Spruce St., 6:30am – 6pm
232 N. Radnor-Chester Rd., Radnor, 6:30am – 6pm
Night Kitchen Cafe – Grilled Cheese
Fontina, cheddar, goat cheese and fig jam on ciabatta.
7725 Germantown Ave., 7am – 3pm
Schmear It – Nutty Naner
Peanut butter, nutella, and bananas (recommended on a cinnamon raisin bagel).
34th and Market Sts., 7:30am – 2pm
Front Street Cafe – Acai Bowl
Acai banana whip, coconut, fresh seasonal fruits, nuts and seeds granola.
1253 N. Front St., 8am – 4pm
Square 1682 – Ultimate Egg White Frittata
Wild mushrooms, sun-dried tomato, leeks, spinach, fontina cheese, farro-citrus salad.
121 S. 17th St., 6:30am – 10:30am
Curds and Whey – Asna’s Favorite Platter
Nova, sliced tomato, red onion, cucumbers, cream cheese with choice of bagel or black bread.
817 Old York Rd., Jenkintown 8am – 4pm
Bonjour Creperie – Bella Crepe
Nutella with strawberries, bananas, or both.
King of Prussia Mall – Outside Liberty Travel, King of Prussia, 11am – 2pm
Clean Air Council’s Dine Out for the Environment is just one month away. The event gives haven to Philadelphia’s hungry environmentalists and eco-compassionate alike with a list of restaurants that serve up delicious food alongside sustainability. When you Dine Out for the Environment at participating restaurants on October 13, 15%-30% of your bill is donated to the Clean Air Council.
Philadelphia has become a hotspot for vegan cuisine. Many Dine Out for the Environment restaurants pride themselves on being vegan-friendly. Here are 10 plant-based dishes we recommend you try.
Punk Burger – Pulled Portobello Sandwich – Punk sauce, onion, tomato, sweet potato fries and veganaise slaw.
Trolley Car Cafe – Eggplant Napoleon – grilled tomato, red pepper and red onion over quinoa and kale, drizzled with a balsamic reduction and served with a side of avocado.
Front Street Cafe – Vegan Breakfast Tacos – tofu scramble, kale, avocado, smoked mushrooms, “whiz”, pickled red onions, micro cilantro, corn tortillas, smoked black beans.
Flora – Cauliflower & Chickpea Pot Pie – vegan puffed pastry.
Lotus Farm to Table – Compressed Watermelon – roasted corn, jalapeno, chive, celery, toasted almond.
Adobe Cafe – Seitan Tostadas – cooked with tomatillo green salsa, onions and cilantro – (ask for no cheese).
SliCE – Veggie Pizza – eggplant, roasted peppers, portobello mushrooms, red onions & San Marzano tomato sauce (Pro tip – add the vegan gourmet mozzarella).
St. Benjamin’s Taproom – BBQ Jackfruit Vegan Banh Mi – bbq jackfruit, house made coconut lemongrass slaw, house made ciabatta.
Schmear It – Veggie Delight – vegan cream cheese, scallions, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, and carrots (try it with a hummus base too!).
Night Kitchen Bakery – Ronnie’s Spice Cupcake with Orange Glaze (call ahead-special order only).
Mark your calendar and Dine Out for the Environment, ALL DAY, October, 13, 2016. www.dineoutforthenvironment.org