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Residents Celebrated Sustainable Improvements at “Green Block Party” on Saturday

April 2, 2012

The residents of the 3800 block of Aspen Street, with support from over 300 volunteers and the Green Block Build Coalition, celebrated critical repairs and energy efficiency upgrades to 20 homes, greening and beautification efforts along the block, and a host of other services with a day of hard work, good food, and community building on Saturday, March 31, 2012.

This was the first of five Green Block Parties in 2012, which aim to bring a comprehensive set of services to organized blocks, helping residents and neighborhoods to transition to a cleaner, greener, healthier, and more financially stable future.

“You don’t know what this project has done for me,” said Barbara Hall on Saturday, explaining her appreciation. “I had given up hope.” Hall, who has lived on the 3800 block of Aspen Street for 67 years, is hopeful that she will be able to pass her home to her children and grandchildren. “I want it to be a family home for another 67 years,” she said.

SCI-West convened the partners of the Green Block Build Coalition, including Philadelphia LISC, Partnership CDC, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia, People’s Emergency Center, among others. Students from the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, in addition to a substantial number of neighbors and residents, provided volunteer labor for the effort.

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