Anna Shipp

Regional Network: 
Eastern Regional Network
Class Year: 
2015
Position: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia
Location: 
Philadelphia, PA

Since 2001, the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) has provided a platform for independent, locally-owned businesses committed to improving their environmental and social impacts as well as their profitability in the Greater Philadelphia region. Our mission is to build a just, green, and thriving economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. We accomplish this by educating and growing a broad base of local, independent businesses and educating policy makers and the public.  Our vision is for a paradigm shift in how business is defined. We see a future where all businesses build profitable enterprises that serve community needs, share wealth, and protect the environment.

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Prior to becoming Executive Director, I served as the Manager SBN’s Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners, a growing network of local industry professionals committed to amplifying the triple bottom line success of Green City, Clean Waters, and SBN's signature program.  The network is a testament to the extent to which businesses can do well by doing good.  Since January 2013, the GSI Partners have been advancing the local industry, innovation, and the local economy through advocacy, networking and coalition-building, and education and professional development.  We are working to ensure that the public and private investment being catalyzed by Green City, Clean Waters remains local, and that vegetated and innovative stormwater management practices are prioritized, facilitated, and incentivized as much as possible.  We are currently the only network of its kind in the country, and as such, offer a replicable and scaleable model for other regions looking to adopt a nature-based stormwater management plan and to leverage the private sector to maximize its success.  

We envision Philadelphia catalyzing other cities across the country to implement similar policies to Green City, Clean Waters, thereby changing the urban landscape as we know it, and jumpstarting more local green economies focused on implementing and maintaining vegetated stormwater management practices.   
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In the decade prior to joining SBN, I provided program coordination and project management for several non-profits in Philadelphia, each around the theme of making this city a better place - environmentally, economically, and socially.  I’ve also volunteered for the Friends of the Wissahickon’s Sustainable Trails Initiative, an ongoing effort to reduce erosion in Wissahickon Valley Park, as well as the American Hiking Society and the National Park Service.  

I hold a Masters of Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania, where my academic work focused on urban sustainability and sustainable stormwater management.  I was honored in 2012 with a U.S. Forest Service Sustainability Science Fellowship, and again in 2013 as the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Frederick Scatena Award for Outstanding Research Related to Urban Forestry.  I am also a 2015 ELP ERN Fellow.  I currently serve on the Board of the Philadelphia Land Bank, and am a prior Board Member of the South Philly Food Co-op.

I thoroughly enjoy being outdoors, going for long bike rides, spending time with friends, gardening, cooking, and working on my South Philadelphia rowhome.