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:

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!

Philadelphia’s largest environmental festival powered by solar energy to feature free bike valet, over 100 sustainable exhibitors and organic food and drink offerings

(August 23, 2017) PHILADELPHIA, PAClean Air Council announced today that the organization’s 2017 Greenfest Philly presented by Toyota Hybrids will be held on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For the first time ever, the event will be held at Bainbridge Green on Bainbridge Street between Third and Fifth Streets. The festival will bring together more than 100 environmentally-friendly businesses and organizations in a festive outdoor marketplace. The popular day-long event attracts more than 15,000 socially conscious and engaged consumers. Greenfest will feature live music from popular local bands, MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner with eco-friendly crafts and activities, a bike valet sponsored by Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Toyota Hybrids’ ride and drive experience, organic food and drinks, a beer garden, handmade goods, and innovative green businesses and products – with the whole event being powered by solar panels presented by The Energy Co-op. A celebration of local sustainability efforts, Greenfest Philly will provide ways to take action to protect clean air, support environmental advocacy, and much more.

“As we celebrate the Clean Air Council’s 50th anniversary, Greenfest Philly remains one of our most important and exciting events, as it brings together tens of thousands of socially conscious consumers  and businesses who support the fight to protect the environment at this most critical of times,” said Joseph Otis Minott, Esq., Executive Director. “Greenfest offers a brilliant opportunity for people throughout the region to exchange sustainable products, services, recipes and tips – all while enjoying a Sunday with their families in one of downtown Philadelphia’s most beautiful green spaces.”

 

New Festival Additions for 2017

The Clean Air Council’s Greenfest Philly event will feature a number of new and exciting activities for Philadelphians of all ages, all designed to help festival goers make more environmentally conscious choices and live more sustainable lifestyles. The new additions include:

Environmental Film Festival: Attendees will be treated to a free sneak peek of films from Philadelphia’s Environmental Film festival and expert commentary from the Film Festival’s founders.

Green Facts Everywhere You Look: Guests should also keep an eye out for Clean Air Council volunteers who will be strolling around with giant thought bubbles displaying compelling environmental facts and information.

Other Greenfest festivities this year include free yoga classes, succulent arrangement classes and vegan cooking demos. What’s more, there will be dining, shopping, samples and resources from an exciting group of environmentally conscious vendors and the event’s amazing sponsors. Guests can also test drive the all-new hydrogen fuel cell powered Toyota Mirai.

“Toyota and the Tri-State Toyota Dealers are very proud to be the Presenting Sponsor a 2nd year in a row for the 12th annual Greentfest Philly.  With Toyota’s ongoing commitment to the development of vehicles that help reduce carbon emissions and as a leader in the alternative fuel segment, we are thrilled to once again support the Clean Air Council and this year’s Greenfest,” said Paul Muller, President of the Tri-State Toyota Dealers Association.   “Toyota is committed to helping play a role in delivering cleaner air and environmental sustainability to our customers.  With a portfolio of eight Toyota hybrid models plus the addition of our fuel cell vehicle the Mirai, we are the leader in alternative mobility and have a large selection of both hybrid sedans and SUV models to fit our customers’ diversified needs. The newest edition to our hybrid line-up, the Prius Prime, will be on site for event goers to check out in this year’s Toyota Hybrid display. We also plan to bring a ride-and-drive and provide the ability for event goers to take a test drive in one of our hybrid models in addition to our FCV, the 2017 Mirai. The Mirai with a range of over 300 miles per tank and emissions that consist only of water vapor, Mirai is leading the world toward a more sustainable fuel cell vehicle. ”

 

This year’s Greenfest will be a zero-waste event and will prioritize accessibility for all attendees. Philadelphia Insurance Companies will provide valet bike parking for all cyclists to make it easy for attendees to get to Greenfest sustainably. Clean Air Council is dedicated to creating an event that gives the entire city of Philadelphia the chance to celebrate healthy living, interact with some of the city’s most environmentally friendly companies and support Clean Air Council’s ongoing mission to protect everyone’s right to breathe clean air.

For more information contact the Special Events Team at 215-567-4004 or events@cleanair.org.

About Clean Air Council’s Methane Education Program

Clean Air Council uses celebrated events like the Greenfest Philly to support and increase awareness and advocacy for a broad range of environmental and public health initiatives. Recently, Clean Air Council has focused a targeted campaign of research, public education and advocacy calling for state and federal regulations to curb methane pollution. Methane leaks can exacerbate respiratory diseases (such as asthma) and lead to lung and heart disease, even cancer. Despite public support for rules limiting current and future methane leaks, there are few laws on the books putting such safeguards in place.

About Clean Air Council

Clean Air Council is a member- supported, non-profit environmental organization dedicated to protecting everyone’s right to breathe clean air. For more information about Clean Air Council, visit www.cleanair.org.

Tell us what YOU want to see at Greenfest Philly 2017! Between edible bugs, yoga, vegan cooking demos, kids’ activities, a rock wall, and more – Greenfest features a plethora of fun and sustainable activities for the entire family. However, we’re still going to add even MORE! Since you are the most important person at Greenfest, we want to know what you would like to see at the festival. Share your ideas:

Greenfest Philly 2017: New Ideas

  • So that we can follow up if we have questions about your idea(s). Thank you!

You’re invited to join GoPhillyGo, SPOKE magazine, and Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles on Thursday, February 16 for a multimodal happy hour upstairs at Fergie’s Pub (1214 Sansom St). Philadelphia is fast becoming one of the leading cities in the U.S. to get around without a car, and it just keeps getting better. You’ll hear about an exciting new aspect of GoPhillyGo.org that’s being launched soon, news and plans for the coming year, and you’ll meet up with friends and other multimodal transportation advocates.

RSVP on Eventbrite and join the Multimodal Happy Hour Facebook event page to stay up to date.

We hope to see you there!

What:

Multimodal Transportation Happy Hour hosted by GoPhillyGo, SPOKE magazine, and Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles

When:

Thursday, February 16, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where:

Fergie’s Pub

2nd Floor

1214 Sansom St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

Plan your multimodal trip with GoPhillyGo.org!

Cost:

Admission is free, finger food is free, and drinks are pay as you go. First 50 people in the door will receive a free drink ticket.

About the Organizations

GoPhillyGo is a free online mapping tool for the Greater Philadelphia area, with a major upgrade coming in 2017. Developed with state-of-the-art mapping technology, this site makes it easy for users to plan their routes through multimodal methods — combining biking + walking + public transportation within one trip — to go anywhere within the Greater Philadelphia area without the use of a car. It even provides details on pedestrian and bike routes, letting users customize their trips. Go to www.gophillygo.org to plan your trip today and connect with GoPhillyGo on Facebook or on Twitter and Instagram at @go_philly_go.

SPOKE magazine informs and engages greater Philadelphia by covering mobility. With a focus on long-form journalism and storytelling, the magazine examines urban life through the lenses of bicycling, walking and mass transit. Go to www.spokemag.bike to read SPOKE magazine today and connect with SPOKE magazine on Facebook or on Twitter and Instagram at @spoke_mag.

Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles is a full-service bicycle shop and retail showroom specializing in transportation and cargo bicycles. Now located at 1105 Frankford Avenue, the shop caters exclusively to the urban cyclist with a full range of bike accessories and bicycles from Yuba, Xtracycle, Babboe, Gazelle, Larry Vs Harry, Pashley, Simcoe, Breezer, Linus, Pure Fix, Pure City, SE, and Torker. The option of a custom fabricated bicycle is also on offer, designed by the shop’s owners under the labels David Wilson Industries (DWI) custom cargo bikes and Hanford Cycles custom frames. Go to www.transportcycle.com for more information, and connect with them on Facebook or on Twitter and Instagram at @transportcycles.

 

Time is ticking down.  The Philadelphia Marathon, which will be my first (maybe last?) attempt at running 26.2 miles, is right around the corner. As the Council’s Transportation Program Director, I have always taken a lot of pride in how closely my passion for cycling aligns with my job. Obviously living in Philadelphia I also love to walk to my closer destinations and mix in public transit when I’m going a bit further. So I felt like I had a responsibility to at least give this running thing a shot, to round out the low/zero emission ways that people move around (I already tried skateboarding as a kid, I guess roller skates are all that is left).

Because running is sustainable transportation, and because the only experience I have with running is volunteering at the Council’s annual Run for Clean Air in April (April 9th, 2017 – save the date now!) I felt it only natural to run the marathon on behalf of the Run for Clean Air. Coming from a cycling background, I am pretty confident in my cardiovascular preparation for the event, but I now have a much deeper respect  for the   strength that running requires from your legs’ joints, bones, and muscles. Building up to that without injuring myself has been the priority of my training.

 

Another priority has been immersing myself in a  completely new activity.  I want to thank my fellow runners and my running group, Point Breeze Runners, for showing me the ropes. Of course, I’ve been reading up on running blogs and tips for first-time marathoners like crazy, but I’ve also been getting a crash course in how to behave appropriately on the sidewalk or trail while I’m running. How much room to give people when passing, how to run in a group, how to interact with cars safely, and I’ve been getting some of it wrong along the way – but I’m trying! Respecting all road users is a priority for me as I learn how this large group of people, runners, interacts with our city infrastructure.

Training has gone well for the most part. I’ve gradually extended my distance up to 20 miles without any bad injuries, but unfortunately on that run about a month ago I did irritate something in my hip. I’m pretty optimistic about it though, it has given me the perfect opportunity to scale back my running so I am nice and fresh on race day. I also have a secret weapon – Eric Cheung, the Council’s Deputy Director has promised to meet me at mile 20 and run the last 6 miles back into town with me. Thanks for the support Eric! If any Clean Air Council members are watching on race day, be sure to give me/us a cheer. I’ll be the one in a Run for Clean Air shirt looking like he doesn’t belong but having a great time.

 

“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.”
-Benjamin Franklin

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!

 

Not Your Average Joe’s

49 St. James Place, Ardmore-11am-10pm

 

Win Win Coffee Bar (W/N W/N)

931 Spring Garden St-5pm-12am

 

St Benjamin’s Taproom

1710 North 5th Street-4:00pm-2:00am

 

R2L

50 S.16th St, 37th Floor Two Liberty Place-4pm-11pm

 

EARTH – Bread + Brewery

7136 Germantown Avenue-4:30pm-12am

 

CHEERS!

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.

Bar Hygge
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

R2L
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

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