We are honored to be recognized as a 2021 winner of the Governor’s Award for environmental excellence!
The Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence is open to any Pennsylvania business, farm, government agency, educational institution, non-profit organization and individual that has created, or participated in, the development of a project that promotes environmental stewardship in Pennsylvania.
We were awarded the 2021 award for our reforestation projects at Pennypack On The Delaware Park: Since 2017, we have restored riverfront trail access, removed invasive species, and planted over 1,000 native trees and shrubs on a decommissioned garbage dump near the confluence of Pennypack Creek and the Delaware River in the Holmesburg neighborhood of Philadelphia. The community was among those with the fewest trees in the city. In 2020, the project provided workforce development and safe, socially distant outdoor volunteer opportunities for the community. The project expanded to include nearby Fluehr Park, and we offered trees and planting training to partner groups. We also distributed native fruit trees to the Philadelphia Prison System, adjacent to Pennypack Park, which operates an orchard for job skill training.
“Our goal of environmental restoration and development of community stewards has been one of the most rewarding initiatives we’ve undertaken,” said Stephanie Phillips, executive director of Riverfront North Partnership. “With the help of community volunteers, we’re increasing biodiversity, habitat, air quality, water quality, and recreation opportunities and bringing awareness to urban green spaces.”