Sustainable homes: How to go green from your roof to stoop

By Green Philly (other events)

Wednesday, November 3 2021 12:00 PM 1:00 PM EST

The built environment accounts for 70% of Philadelphia’s carbon emissions, and we spend over 90% of our time indoors! That means there’s a BIG opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint where we live. Hear how you can live in a more sustainable home from design, functionality, and day-to-day living.  In this 60-minute webinar, discover:

  • How to choose a sustainable home, from construction to renovations 
  • Ways to reduce your energy bill and lower your carbon footprint
  • City programs that save you money and incorporate green stormwater infrastructure
  • How to get involved in your community and improve your neighborhood for the long term



  • Deborah Solo, Solo Real Estate
  • Marc Shackelford-Rowell, Solar States 
  • Jeanne Weber, Philadelphia Green Roofs
  • Jeremy Avellino, Bright Common
  • Moderator: Rebecca Nichols Franqui, Solo Real Estate


 In 1989, Deborah Solo took over Solo Real Estate, following in her family’s footsteps and becoming the third generation active in Philadelphia real estate. Deborah has a NAR Green Designation from the National Association of Realtors and is a member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council.  Any company can sell you a house. Deborah Solo can help you envision your home.

Marc Shackelford-Rowell is a Solar Installer and Project Manager at Solar States and Owner-Operator at Deep Green Retrofit. Marc was the third Genius Grant award recipient for 2021 for speeding up solar permits in Philadelphia. Born and raised in North Philadelphia, Marc is known as “the greenest dude” at Solar States.   

Jeremy Avellino founded Bright Common in 2011. Bright Common’s early work focused on Philadelphia’s existing building stock, blending poetics with carbon consciousness. They developed a language for ‘Deep Energy Retrofits’ – implementing design with a reduced carbon footprint and embraced Passive House as a metric for environmental stewardship.

Jeanne Weber is the principal and owner of Philadelphia Green Roofs. She has been an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) since 2009 and the company has been a certified woman-owned business (WBE) since 2013. Before starting Philadelphia Green Roofs, Jeanne was the principal and owner of Jeanne Weber Landscape + Garden Design for eleven years.  

Rebecca Nichols Franqui is a native Minnesotan who unexpectedly but very happily became immersed in the world of Philadelphia real estate after meeting her fiance, Alejandro Franqui. Solo’s values as a business that prioritizes environmental sustainability by creating green roofs, sponsoring local green nonprofit organizations, and encouraging tenants to recycle made her even more excited to join the team. Rebecca’s and (Alejandro’s) Philadelphia real estate knowledge and experience led them to a property they didn’t think existed: a South Philly rowhouse only a few minutes walk from their favorite Passyunk eateries with great outdoor space. 




Event sponsor: Solo Real Estate

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