CLEAN & GREEN
The Clean & Green Committee's main objective is to create and maintain a pleasant, clean atmosphere within the neighborhood. From block cleanups and street tree planting to stormwater management workshops and recycling drives, the committee partners with various government bodies to keep our neighborhood beautiful all year round.
The Clean & Green Committee meets every 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM at the SOSNA office, 1901 Washington Ave., Unit B (unless otherwise noted).
Who Should Get Involved
If you’re interested in helping keep our neighborhood beautiful and sustainable, the Clean and Green Committee is an amazing way to get involved.
recycling @ sosna
Stop by the SOSNA office to recycle items from the list to the left!
Recycling of these items is open every
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 10a-3p.
Recycling is done by TerraCycle and Matthew 25 Ministries (Rx bottle recycling).
Glitter X SOSNA
Clean & Green volunteers have been working with Glitter, a Philly street cleaning start-up company, to pilot street cleaning on corridors throughout the neighborhood.
Corridors of interest include Black Doctor's Row (Christian St.) and 16th Street.
The pilot is projected to run during in Q4 of 2022 (exact dates are TBD).
To help SOSNA make this a sustainable program, we encourage you to make a small donation today and help this become a long lasting reality for Grad Hospital!
Carpenter Green Park is an urban oasis at 17th and Carpenter Streets in the heart of the Graduate Hospital neighborhood. This park began development back in 2014 and officially opened to the public in 2020.
The park is maintained by the Friends of Carpenter Green Park, a group of dedicated volunteers. All maintenance is 100% funded by generous donations from neighbors. To donate and learn more, please click below!
A group of trained volunteers who coordinate the delivery, planting, and maintenance of street trees throughout our neighborhood. Our organizers host two annual plantings - one in Spring and one in Fall. Signing up for Street Trees is free through the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. In 2018, Tree Tenders have planted 45 trees and pruned/maintained more than 50 trees in the neighborhood.
"Hold Your Butts" Cigarette Litter Campaign
SOSNA was a Keep Philadelphia Cigarette Litter Micro-grant recipient in 2018. This grant is funding the purchase of custom cigarette litter receptacles to be placed in front of commercial businesses on the South Street West corridor.
Thus far, SOSNA has installed over 10 receptacles! We are still seeking 4 additional local businesses/organizations to maintain and empty the receptacles.
Receptacle contents get shipped free to Terracycle in New Jersey for the cigarette butts to be made into park benches.
Clean Block Reps
SOSNA Clean Block Reps are volunteers who educate neighbors about proper curbside trash and recycling collection, recruit and schedule neighbors for block clean ups, provide neighbors with access to SOSNA’s cleanup tool lending library, and identify contributors of neighborhood litter.
Want to be a leader on your block? Email email@example.com for more info.
Past C&G Initiatives
Piloted in August 2017, SOSNA funded 20-hours a week of pan-and-broom street cleaning on heavily littered corridors in the neighborhood. A contract with ABM, Inc. lasted through October 2017 and cleaned 12 blocks per week and removed over 80 bags of trash from our streets. Due to unforeseen oversight issues, SOSNA was not able to continue the pilot and terminated its contract with ABM in March 2018.
SOSNA is currently working on a partnership with Glitter to clean corridors in the neighborhood. We are piloting blocks on 16th St. and Black Doctor's Row in October 2022.
Please scroll above to learn more about this ongoing initiative!