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The Sustainable Business Network has launched the Good Economy Challenge, a targeted campaign to persuade Mayoral and City Council candidates to embrace the challenge of creating a more sustainable local economy ahead of the 2015 election. One of the five recommendations that SBN is advocating for is strong leadership for the advancement of the City’s Green City, Clean Waters plan, a goal that the GSI Partners’ Advocacy Committee  fleshed out in a recent paper:

Philadelphia is well-positioned to leverage Green City, Clean Waters to further elevate itself as a national leader by becoming the hub for the green stormwater infrastructure industry and innovation.  Our next Mayor and Council Members should drive the plan forward in a unified way so that our City sees the maximum benefits that Green City, Clean Waters can bring to Philadelphia’s competitiveness, local and regional economy, environment, community vitality, and quality of life.

Read the full paper here

SBN”s Good Economy Challenge identifies this issue along with four other critical policy issues needed to support a vibrant, sustainable local economy:

  • Improve the climate for small business in Philadelphia.
  • Prioritize local and sustainable procurement by City government, universities, and other major local institutions.
  • 20,000 solar homes by 2025.
  • Strengthen the partnership between the City and Certified B-Corps.

For more information on the larger campaign, register for our Mayoral Forum, and to find out how to get involved, check out GoodEconomyPhilly.com.

Read the full Good Economy Challenge Policy Paper