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SUSTAINABILITY

WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS BEING 100% SUSTAINABLE

The One Art Center will continue to work towards being the Philadelphia’s center of urban sustainability. The One Art Oasis Farm will continue to expand as it focuses on transforming several vacant lots (adjacent to the Center) into a sustainable local food system which provides healthy foods, creates new jobs, and offers interactive educational opportunities for the community. We will continue to increase the community’s accessibility to organic fruits and vegetables. As we explore the Art of Gardening and Permaculture design, we also provide education on sustainable practices in our orchard as well as our organic learning garden which offers authentic hands on learning experience. We will also incorporate Earthships, which are a key factor to helping Philadelphia become the leading city for sustainable living. Being the most versatile and economical sustainable green building design, they get electricity from sun and wind and are built with natural and recycled materials. Classes in the Oasis Farm will include Earthship building, alternative energy installation, water catchment systems, as well as the Farm to Table workshops, composting, medicinal plants, canning and preserving. The educational programming in the Oasis Farm will promote healthy environment, healthy living, and empower the community to teach and grow themselves.

Photo: Bill Miller

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ZERO WASTE

Public Zero Waste Workshops and Young Wise and Thoughtful (YWT) activists workshops has worked to support youth in raising their voice about litter in their city. We are very happy to announce that in 2016, One Art has began to plan for the implementation of our Zero Waste Initiative. With guidance from local Zero Waste Specialists Alisa Shargo, we have began to lay the strategic foundations to alter our operations in order to create the least amount of solid waste impact possible. In 2015 we conducted a waste composition analysis after we hosted a medium size 600+ person event. The composition showed that One Art produced 441.9 lbs. of solid waste and recycling materials at this event. The composition study allowed us to critically observe our waste stream.

Our commitment to true sustainability has driven us to set the following goals:

  • Development of a Community Compost and Education Program

  • Installation of a state of the art water filtration system to reduce impurities and discourage bottled water

  • Design and Installation of a Zero Waste Receptacle System, which includes educational visualizations to inform guests

  • Installation of sanitizing amenities to encourage reuse in house

  • Replacement of single use flatware with reusable materials

Photo: Bill Miller