Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the City of Philadelphia’s Waste Watchers Initiative, which promotes conscious waste disposal at citywide events, will now include the Blue Cross Broad Street Run on Sunday, May 4, 2014. This expansion is supported by a Cities of Service Impact Volunteer Fund grant, which supports mayors who are implementing “impact volunteering” strategies that tackle pressing local challenges.

“Strategically wielding the power of volunteer service is critical as cities address challenges with limited resources,” said Mayor Nutter. “I strongly believe that developing volunteerism within city governments helps mayors launch innovative programs, grow civic engagement and build resilient communities.  The Waste Watchers initiative works towards one of my key priorities: making the City of Philadelphia the greenest, most sustainable city in America.”

In 2013, the Waste Watchers initiative was present at the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon and helped the event attain an 86% waste diversion rate. As a result, the Marathon received a ReSport Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for the second year in a row. Because of the great success with the Philadelphia Marathon, the Waste Watchers initiative is planning to be involved in additional high profile, city-wide events including: Blue Cross Broad Street Run, Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival, Philadelphia Cycling Classic, Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts – to help Philadelphia meet its target of 70% overall waste diversion, set out in Greenworks, the city’s nationally recognized sustainability plan.

Public events in Philadelphia attract thousands of visitors to the city, but also produce as many as 6 tons of waste per event. The Waste Watchers initiative recruits and trains volunteers to help event attendees to Philadelphia’s public events sort waste, in order to divert as much as possible from landfills. By helping event goers sort their trash, recyclables, and compost into the right containers, Waste Watcher volunteers keep the streets of Philadelphia clean and welcoming, reduce the amount of trash city events send to the landfill and educate event goers about waste management.

To maximize the impact of Waste Watcher volunteers, the program will strategically recruit volunteers from districts with low curbside recycling rates and/or self-identify as having little to prior knowledge of the economic and environmental benefits of recycling. The program will invite trained volunteers to pledge to help family and friends recycle and share information about City recycling incentives with the goal of raising awareness among populations that the City’s existing education efforts have not yet reached.

Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund is a multi-million dollar fund. Nearly $1 million was awarded through the first round of grants in October 2012, with an additional $1 million awarded through this second round. Grantee cities were selected based on the quality of initiative proposals, scale and potential for impact, and caliber of implementation plans. Cities of Service Impact Volunteering Fund initiatives address issues in the Cities of Service priority areas of education and youth, health, neighborhood revitalization, preparedness and safety, sustainability, and veterans.

The Waste Watchers initiative is managed and implemented in the City of Philadelphia by a partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Civic Engagement & Volunteer Service, the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and the Office of the City Representative.


For more information on the Waste Watchers initiative or how to become a Waste Watchers volunteer please visit

For more information on the Philadelphia Greenworks plan visit

For more information about Cities of Service, visit our website at or follow us on Twitter @CitiesOfService.


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The City of Philadelphia announced partial results of the first-year energy usage reporting by owners or operators of large commercial buildings. With more than 86 percent of the buildings covered under the ordinance reporting, Philadelphia’s portfolio of buildings achieved an average Energy Star score of 64, significantly exceeding the national average score of 50.

“With the Benchmarking Law and our Greenworks plan, we will continue to be a national leader when it comes to energy efficient buildings. The report released today proves we are achieving significant positive outcomes through our hard work and commitment,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Philadelphia is dedicated to becoming a greener, cleaner, more sustainable city and our Energy Star rating, above the national median, shows that we are succeeding in those goals.”

The Building Energy Benchmarking Law, passed by City Council and signed by Mayor Nutter in 2012, requires building owners and operators with more than 50,000 square feet of indoor floor space (or mixed-use buildings where at least 50,000 square feet of indoor space is devoted to commercial use) to report annual energy and water consumption, using the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, a free online tool and the nationwide standard for benchmarking and disclosure programs. Users that successfully benchmark their buildings receive scores normalized for building size and adjusted for weather and building usage.

The deadline for reporting 2013 energy and water usage is June 30, 2014. Hands-on assistance about reporting building energy use through the Portfolio Manager program will be provided by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability during open office hours at 1515 Arch Street, 18th Floor, Philadelphia, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, May 20;
  • Thursday, May 22;
  • Friday, May 23;
  • Tuesday, June 17;
  • Thursday, June 19; and
  • Friday, June 20.

Those wishing to attend one of these sessions should RSVP by email to

Also, focused programming sessions related to specific aspects of building energy benchmarking and improvements will take place at the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), formerly known as EEB Hub) at the Navy Yard on April 23, May 14, and June 18, all from 9 to 11:30. To attend, RSVP via email to Kat

“The first-year benchmarking compliance rate of more than 80 percent exceeded our expectations, based on first-year results in other cities, and our ENERGY STAR ranking continues to improve,” said Alex Dews, Policy and Program Manager for the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “Now, our goals for subsequent years will be to drive energy efficiency improvements through data transparency and available partner programs such as EnergyWorks, PGW’s EnergySense, PECO Smart Ideas and others.”

The first-year results cover calendar year 2012, which will serve as a baseline for future annual energy reporting and results. In the first year of compliance, reports were filed for 86 percent of all covered buildings. Of approximately 1,900 eligible buildings, energy usage and water reports were filed for 1,750 of them, representing 250 million square feet of building space, or 20 percent of all building space in the city. Benchmarking gives building owners, managers and tenants useful information for making decisions and taking action to reduce their energy and water costs.

An EPA report released on April 10 ranks Philadelphia 9th in the U.S. list of the top 25 metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. To qualify for ENERGY STAR certification, a building must earn a score of 75 or higher on a scale of 1 to 100, indicating that it outperforms 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.


For more information about the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

For more information about Philadelphia Building Energy Benchmarking visit

Questions may also be directed via email to


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Philadelphia, April 16, 2014– Mayor Michael A. Nutter, joined by members of City Council and community groups, signed an executive order amending the City of Philadelphia’s policy regarding U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests.


“Philadelphia is a global, welcoming city.  We welcome immigrants from all over the world to live, work, visit and raise their families here,” said Mayor Nutter.  “Initially, the purpose of local municipality ICE detainers and the Secure Communities program was to enhance the federal government’s ability to apprehend dangerous criminals who enter the country illegally.  But in practice, many of those being detained and deported have no criminal background or have only committed misdemeanors.  As a result of overly aggressive use of these detainers, there has been a negative impact on some immigrants who will not report crimes to the police, don’t want to be witnesses, and suffer accordingly.


“The Nutter Administration has always placed limitations on the City’s agreement with ICE because of this reality.  Today’s Executive Order takes our position one step further because ICE enforcement actions have become a public safety issue.  The Philadelphia Police Department relies on information gathered from residents to solve crime and protect the safety of our communities, and without a significant level of trust, citizens do not talk to the police.  Every Philadelphian has a right to feel safe and protected and I believe the new policy established by this Executive Order will promote safety because residents will not need to fear that interacting with their government will result in a detainer for themselves or their loved ones.”


The following are the provisions in the Executive Order that effectively change the City’s policy:


Section 1. No person in the custody of the City who otherwise would be released from custody shall be detained pursuant to an ICE civil immigration detainer request pursuant to

8 C.F.R. § 287.7, nor shall notice of his or her pending release be provided, unless such person is being released after conviction for a first or second degree felony involving violence and the detainer is supported by a judicial warrant.


Section 2. The Police Commissioner, the Superintendent of Prisons and all other relevant officials of the City are hereby required to take appropriate action to implement this order.

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases, Neighborhoods, Press Release, Topics


Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Live Nation, and Budweiser announce complementary festival in LA


Philadelphia, April 16, 2014  – The City of Philadelphia announced plans to welcome back for a third year the “Budweiser Made in America” Festival, an exciting, two-day music festival during Labor Day weekend.  The event will be locally produced by Live Nation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will benefit local United Way organizations.


Shawn “Jay Z” Carter, Live Nation CEO Michael Rapino, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Budweiser and United Way announced that the City of Los Angeles will also host a “Budweiser Made in America” Festival during the 2014 Labor Day weekend.  Live Nation will produce both the Philadelphia and Los Angeles music festivals, delivering must-see performances on both coasts.  Details and lineups for both festival locations will be announced at a later date.


“For the third year in a row, Labor Day weekend in the City of Philadelphia will offer a unique combination of entertainment, culture and community, with the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the backdrop for the ‘East Coast’ Budweiser Made in America Festival,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “There is something for everyone: Festival ticket-holders, cultural institution visitors and those with business on the Parkway are all welcome to take part in a relaxing weekend of holiday fun.  With the success of the last two years in Philadelphia, the Budweiser Made in America Festival is expanding into a bi-coastal event which will bring the spirit of ‘Made in America’ to even more music fans across the country.”


“Budweiser Made In America” will be the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts. Performances from both “Budweiser Made In America” sites will be available for fans to view with live-streaming.


The Budweiser Made in America Festival in Philadelphia will benefit United Way organizations in Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Lancaster County, PA.  The Festival’s primary goal is to have a positive impact on the communities involved.  Money invested into these communities will positively impact the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and needy citizens in these regions. As a result of last year’s Festival, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is investing more than $300,000 into education and workforce development initiatives.  The L.A. Festival will benefit the United Way of Greater Los Angeles.


Access to the venue is limited to Festival ticket-holders only.  Festival goers are urged to purchase tickets in advance and  Attendees are encouraged to visit for information on items that are (and are NOT) permitted in the venue, as well as information on concessions, accommodations, and directions.



Labor Day Weekend 2014: August 30 – 31



The Philadelphia “Budweiser Made In America” Festival will remain on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City Philadelphia.


The Los Angeles “Budweiser Made In America” Festival will take place on Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles.



2 Day Early Bird presale tickets are available now at

2 Day Early Bird tickets for Philadelphia are $99.50 and Los Angeles are $125.

Additional on sale information will be announced.



The festivals site, will be updated with general information.




About “Budweiser Made In America” Festival in Philadelphia

Slated for its third year in Philadelphia, the “Budweiser Made in America” Festival will once again attract thousands of visitors and festival-goers to the City of Brotherly Love on Labor Day weekend 2014.  After the inaugural two-day music festival in 2012, Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced that the event generated at least $10 million in economic impact for the city’s economy.  Additionally, the “Budweiser Made in America” Festival benefits local United Way organizations with the goal of having a positive impact on the host community.  As a result of the 2012 festival, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey invested more than $300,000 into education and workforce development initiatives.  The City of Philadelphia is well-positioned to host the festival once again in 2014: the city is strategically located on the east coast, boasts world-class transportation and amenities, and local officials have experience producing and accommodating big events like the annual Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon, the annual Wawa Welcome America Festival for the 4th of July, and the upcoming World Meeting of Families 2015.


About Shawn “Jay Z” Carter

Since 1996, 19-time Grammy award winner, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has dominated an evolution in pop culture.  Between multiple businesses and accolades spanning the recording industry to global investment leaders such as Warren Buffet, JAY Z personifies the “American Dream.”


Carter served as President and CEO of Def Jam Recordings, where he fostered the careers of international stars Rihanna, Kanye West and many others before entering into a partnership with Live Nation, forming the entertainment company, Roc Nation.  In 2009, his release Blueprint 3 became his 11th # 1 album debut securing the record for most #1 albums by any solo artist.  2012 saw JAY Z launching his annual MADE IN AMERICA festival, a 2-day event held in Philadelphia and headline the opening of the Brooklyn NETS new Barclay’s Arena with 8 sold out shows.   Majority owner of the 40/40 sports clubs, in April 2013 Carter announced Roc Nation Sports, home to three-time NBA scoring champion, Oklahoma City Thunder’s, Kevin Durant, All-Star Seattle Mariner, Robinson Cano and first round draft pick, Notre Dame all-time high scorer, Skylar Diggins, of the Tulsa Shock.  2013 also saw the release of JAY Z’s 13th # 1 album debut with “Magna Carta… Holy Grail,” a sold-out stadium tour with Justin Timberlake and the sold out worldwide “MAGNA CARTER WORLD TOUR.”  Shawn “JAY Z” Carter continues his philanthropic work through Shawn Carter Foundation.  The Foundation, founded in 2002, is dedicated to helping individuals facing socio-economic hardships further their education, encouraging them to tap into their potential.  Shawn Carter Scholars are studying at over 100 institutions of higher learning throughout the nation.


About Live Nation Entertainment

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit


About Budweiser

Budweiser, an American-style lager, was introduced in 1876 when company founder Adolphus Busch set out to create the United States’ first truly national beer brand – brewed to be universally popular and transcend regional tastes. Each batch of Budweiser follows the same family recipe used by five generations of Busch family brewmasters. Budweiser is a medium-bodied, flavorful, crisp and pure beer with blended layers of premium American and European hop aromas, brewed for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment. Budweiser is made using time-honored methods including “kraeusening” for natural carbonation and Beechwood aging, which results in unparalleled balance and character. The brand celebrates great times and has used the phrase “Grab Some Buds” in advertising since 2010.

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WHO:        Mayor Michael A. Nutter

                   Everett Gillison, Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Chief of Staff

WHAT:      Mayor Nutter will discuss mechanical elevator issue in the One Parkway building (1515 Arch Street).


WHERE:   Mayor’s Reception Room, Room 202 City Hall


WHEN:      Wednesday, April 16, 2014              10:00 AM   TODAY

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Philadelphia, April 15, 2014 -  The City of Philadelphia, through a joint effort among the Finance Department, Chief Integrity Officer and the Office of Innovation and Technology (OIT), launched a new, online, open data website for City contracts (  The site provides data on the City’s professional services contracts in a searchable format and includes a breakdown of contract dollars by vendor, department and service type.


“Part of being an open government is ensuring citizens have easy access to valuable City data in simple to understand formats,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter.  “This contracts data website is another example in a long line that demonstrates our Administration’s commitment to transparency and public participation.”


The website features a “frequently asked questions” section to help users understand the data available on the site.  It also provides the entire data set for download in a Microsoft Excel® compatible CSV format.


The website will be updated quarterly and will correspond with the mandatory quarterly reporting requirements for professional services contracts.  The website’s next phase will include a partnership with the Procurement Department to provide data on contracts for supplies, equipment and non-professional services.


Undergraduate and graduate students participating in the Mayor’s Internship Program for summer 2013 compiled research on best practices for opening up contract data and made recommendations on how to make contract data more accessible to the public.


Users can provide feedback by contacting the Office of the Chief Integrity Officer at

Posted in Mayor's Press Releases, Neighborhoods, Press Release, Topics

Mayor Nutter Receives the Annual Report From DHS Community Oversight Board

Mayor Michael A. Nutter received the Community Oversight Board’s (COB) 2014 Annual report for the Department of Human Services, which recognizes DHS’s successful implementation of twenty-one of the thirty-seven recommendations by the Child Welfare Review Panel (CWRP).  Of the remaining sixteen recommendations, ten are being implemented through the Improving Outcomes for Children initiative, a community-based service delivery model, and six recommendations have been implemented and sustained by DHS and will continue to be monitored by the COB.

“The Community Oversight Board has been a remarkable partner in the City’s efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of the children and families in our care,” said Mayor Nutter. “The Board’s dedication, commitment and service to the children of Philadelphia help DHS ensure high quality services. I would like to thank the Board for their ongoing support throughout this process to make better child welfare practices in Philadelphia.”

During 2013, the COB focused on monitoring the ten recommendations of the CWRP that are being addressed by the IOC initiative.  IOC is a new case management system that utilizes community-based service providers, called Community Umbrella Organizations (CUAs), to work with children and families served by DHS, while DHS staff monitors, supervises and provides quality assurance measures.  In total, all ten CUAs have been selected and four, NorthEast Treatment Centers (NET), Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), Turning Points for Children, and Catholic Community Services, have begun receiving referrals.

Another CWRP recommendation addressed by IOC – the co-location of DHS, Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit, Children’s Alliance and staff from the District Attorney’s Office into one facility, which will assist in streamlining investigations for child victims of sexual abuse – was completed in August 2013.

“The Community Oversight Board is extremely excited about the department’s implementation of IOC. The mayor, deputy mayor and department commissioner are all to be commended for their vision and persistence in this effort,” said David Sanders, Chair of the Community Oversight Board.  “We recognize the challenges facing the city in undertaking this next step in the reform of its child protection system and have high praise for the well-informed deliberative, transparent and inclusive process.”

Furthermore, the ongoing development of a “continuous quality improvement” (CQI) system has assisted in the collection, review, monitoring and improvement of service delivery. The CQI implementation, in concert with the IOC system, will ensure accountability and data-driven decision making by the department regarding child outcomes. DHS will be better able to track the impact of services on children and families and react quickly and flexibly to necessary improvements.

“Much has changed at DHS in the past six years, as can be seen in the COB report,” said Deputy Mayor for Health and Opportunity Dr. Donald Schwarz. “Monitoring, oversight and a razor-sharp focus on the safety of children and strengthening of families are now the watchwords of the agency.  IOC arose from the work of the COB and is fundamentally about accountability and safety.  It represents genuine transformation in how our city provides care for its children.”

DHS Commissioner Anne Marie Ambrose added, “I am grateful for the support and guidance of the Community Oversight Board as we complete the system transformation called Improving Outcomes for Children. This report details the progress we have made, yet at the same time highlights the need for further reform. We are committed to continuing to improve the manner by which we deliver services to the children and families of Philadelphia.”

Read the full report.

The COB was re-established by Mayor Nutter in January 2008 and is responsible for monitoring DHS progress in its reform efforts and for making recommendations to improve DHS policy and practices.

For more information on the Department of Human Services, visit Information on the Community Oversight Board is available at


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