Environmental Justice

No community can flourish if its built and natural environments are left to languish. Knowing this, Mt. Vernon Manor CDC is committed to reversing the effects of decades of environmental racism that have plagued the health and well-being of West Philadelphia’s lower-income communities of color. Together with our partners at the Mantua Urban Peace Garden, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the William Penn Foundation, the City of Philadelphia, and elsewhere, we are working to ensure that West Philadelphia residents can enjoy ample access to green open spaces, to fresh healthy foods, to mobility options that support their work and leisure, and to beauty in their local built and natural environments.