The 2015 Green Awards
Modena is now known as “Mogreena.” When it comes to eco-friendly living, this tiny, once-industrial borough in southern Chester County is a titan—largely due to the companies that call it home. One recycles more than a million gallons of used cooking oil a year. Another has donated the raw material to create about 100 gardens that teach folks the importance of growing and eating healthy food.
The latter, Organic Mechanics Soil Company, has touched—and greened—thousands of lives, giving children and adults alike the opportunity to harvest homegrown fruits and vegetables. A favorite plot of Organic Mechanics founder Mark Highland is the Seashore House rooftop garden at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where kids and families can reconnect with nature during a particularly arduous time in their lives.
Back on the Main Line, Bala Cynwyd’s Jack Marine is hoping Lower Merion Township will start a solar farm. Local businesses and organizations, he says, should be required to provide recycling receptacles at all gatherings—and every senior center should have a vegetable garden.
“The greening of our community would help reduce our carbon footprint and save money in the long run,” says Marine, who joins Organic Mechanics on our winners’ podium.
Read on to learn more about both, along with our other 2015 Green Awards recipients.