Join us in "Conversations Toward A Sustainable Philadelphia", a series of talks hosted by Judy Wicks and the Sustainable Business Network, in collaboration with a growing number of networking partners. 

These events are intended to move our city toward a sustainable future by inspiring thought, discussion, and local action addressing climate change and environmental justice.

Networking partners to date:

Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, GRID Magazine, Green Philly Blog, Clean Air Council, Green Justice Philly, 350Philadelphia, Coalition For Peace Action, Physicians for Social Responsibility, & Delaware Riverkeeper Network


Monday, May 16TH, 5:30 - 8:00 pm
Trinity Center for Urban Life, 22nd & Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA  

with Mark Lichty, Executive Producer & Tracy Carluccio, Deputy Director; Delaware Riverkeeper Network

Sponsored by: Philadelphia Brewing Company and Beautiful Business

Groundswell Rising is a powerful documentary film that documents a social movement that sprung another fossil fuel. It's about people taking charge of their communities and not allowing a dangerous industry to move in and harm their ways of life and finding new, healthy energy solutions.

This film explores the moral and ethical issues caused by this harmful and largely unregulated fracking industry.  Groundswell Rising focuses on the people in the fractivist movement.

The film was directed and produced by Renard and Matt Cohen, of Emmy Award winning Resolution Pictures, Mark Lichty, Executive Producer and Dave Walczak, Associate Producer of the film. It was shot on location in Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, and Washington, DC.


Thursday, May 19th
5:30 - 7:30 pm

Home of Judy Wicks
Fitler Square (Address will be emailed once you have registered)
Philadelphia, PA
Sponsored by Philadelphia Brewing Company

After seeing the film Groundswell and traveling to Dimock, PA to see the effects of fracking first hand, Judy made the decision to stop buying natural gas and transition her home to 100% renewable electricity.  Her solar array produces the majority of her electricity and the rest is purchased via the grid from a local solar supplier, Community Energy. The contractors Judy worked with will be present to answer your questions. The tour will show the solar array, electric heat pump, high-efficiency electric water heater and induction store top.  Beer and pretzels will be served.

Contractors at the Open House:

Micah Gold-Markel, owner, Solar States – solar installer

Kenny Grono, owner, Buckminister Green – green general contractor

Chris Wilson, Unique Indoor Comfort Heating & Cooling – heat pump and water heater

Robert Monk, electrician for induction stove top and upcoming electric vehicle charger

Amy Failing, Community Energy – a locally-owned solar supplier of renewable energy to the grid.


"Eating for a Sustainable World"

with Gene Baur, Co-founder and President of Farm Sanctuary

Wednesday, June 15th
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Trinity Center for Urban Life
2200 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

This talk is part of the program series “Conversations for a Sustainable Philadelphia“.

Gene Baur is co‑founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, and has been hailed as “the conscience of the food movement” by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices. Beginning in 1986, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system. 

For more information about Farm Sanctuary please visit



Creating Economic Vitality
2016 Statewide Community Revitalization Conference
hosted by Pennsylvania Downtown Center
June 12-15, 2016
Renaissance Hotel, Allentown PA

Closing Keynote Speaker

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Judy Wicks is an entrepreneur, author, speaker and mentor working to build a more compassionate, environmentally sustainable and locally based economy.