About

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) is a community of local independent businesses that demonstrates the degree to which businesses can build profitable enterprises while serving community needs and protecting the environment. SBN's missions is to build a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Since 2001, SBN had been the region's leading advocacy and membership organization for businesses committed to improving their environmental and social impact as well as their profitability.

SBN is a founding member of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE), an network of social entrepreneurs across North America representing more than 80 networks and 22,000 businesses. SBN is also an active organizational member of the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC), a national mission-aligned organization that advocates for policy change at the federal and state levels.

The Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners, a signature initiative of the SBN, is a network of local businesses in the green stormwater infrastructure industry, including firms in GSI design, construction, and maintenance, as well as material supply. Green City Clean Waters, the City of Philadelphia's comprehensive nature-based stormwater management plan, sets a 25-year vision for environmental, social, and economic benefits for our city and region. SBN supports this triple bottom line plan, and is working to support its successful implementation.

SBN approaches this work through a number of activities designed to support the growth of the local industry and the advancement of innovation. We connect our members with each other, prospective clients and other collaborators, and decision-makers, as well as to meaningful content and resources; we promote our members to each other and to prospective clients, as well as promote the triple bottom line benefits of green stormwater infrastructure; and we advocate on our members' behalf while also incorporating feedback from other key stakeholders.

A few highlights of our core programming that reflect our goals in practice include:
  • Advocacy
  • Continuing Education Grants
  • Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony
  • Monitoring Grant Pilot Program
  • Operation and Maintenance Course
  • PWD's Rain Check Program
  • Quarterly Meetings