Policy Summary

This law establishes the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability and indicates sustainability plans for the City may include goals related to access to healthy and local food.

Background Information

State Pennsylvania
Jurisdiction Name Philadelphia
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Limited scope
This law creates and directs one government office (the Office of Sustainability).
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Emergency management?
Health-related linkage?

See reference to "healthy food." § 4-1701(b).

Environmental linkage?

See references to "sustainability goals," "climate change preparedness planning," and "promote public awareness and education regarding environmental and sustainability issues." § 4-1701(a),(b),(e).

Economic linkage?

See reference to "access to ...local …food." § 4-1701(b).

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

Includes definitions?

Addresses implementation?

The Office of Sustainability reports to the Mayor and is directed to: develop and coordinate the implementation of policies and programs to meet the City's sustainability goals; create periodic sustainability plans; disseminate reports setting forth a description of the City's sustainability goals and the City's progress; coordinate among City departments and agencies to foster integration of sustainability goals; and promote public awareness and education regarding environmental and sustainability issues. § 4-1701.

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

The office of Sustainability is directed to "disseminate reports setting forth a description of the goals of the City and the City's progress in connection with [metrics and indicators for municipal and citywide goals related to sustainability matters]" but there is no specific evaluation component with regard to the effectiveness of this law.

Requires extra investment?

This is a new office, but it is unclear whether it involves a new position(s) and additional funding and/or a renamed position(s) (no new funding required).

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Home Rule Charter, Article IV - Executive and Administrative Branch. History: Added by approval of the voters at the election held on Nov. 4, 2014 and certified on Nov. 24, 2014. See Bill No. 130878 and Resolution No. 130884.


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