How to choose a truly green electricity supplier in Pennsylvania

By Green Philly (other events)

Friday, April 16 2021 12:00 PM 1:00 PM EST

Did you know that 79% of Philly’s carbon emissions come from our buildings? Although you can’t totally change that number on your own, there’s one small step you can take for a big impact: Choosing a renewable energy supplier. But you have to cut through the noise because a lot of companies don’t show their true colors in their endless mailers or solicitations.

How do you actually know your energy provider is sustainable? How do you choose an energy supplier that matches your values? Join Green Philly for a special presentation by The Energy Co-op with the Office of Sustainability to learn:

  • How energy affects the city’s carbon footprint and climate change 
  • What to look for in a sustainable electricity supplier
  • Insider tips about the energy industry & renewable electricity 
  • How co-ops impact our local communities & other benefits of joining 


Avennia Maragh is the Data Analyst for the City of Philadelphia’s Energy Office, where she works on database management, energy analysis, and automation projects. Before joining the City of Philadelphia she held internships in the environmental sector doing both consulting and non-profit work. After graduation, she worked as a Financial Data Analyst at Bloomberg where she audited market trades and wrote database queries. She graduated from The George Washington University with a major in Economics and a minor in Sustainability and Biology and wants to use her background in both social and natural sciences to bridge the gap between consumer behavior and the wellbeing of the environment. In the future, Avennia plans to go back to school to pursue a master's in Urban Planning with a focus on Sustainable Cities.

Meryl Sands joined The Energy Co-op in December of 2019, as Member Recruitment and Business Development Lead. They collaborate with businesses, organizations, and communities in southeast Pennsylvania, to help them buy, use, and understand renewable energy. They host public educational webinars on everything from Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) to the Power of Cooperatives. Through The Energy Co-op's Member Ambassador Program, they provide training to help our members feel confident talking to people about the renewable energy issues that matter to them. In the six years prior to joining The Energy Co-op, Meryl worked in renewable energy sales and management. Meryl holds a B.A. in Theater from Swarthmore College, and an MFA from the University of the Arts.


About The Energy Co-op

The Energy Co-op has been helping people buy, use, and understand energy for over 40 years. Founded in 1979, the local nonprofit organization has been addressing Pennsylvania's energy challenges by offering 100% renewable electricity and renewable natural gas, with 100% wind and solar & Pennsylvania generation to grow the local green economy. For more information or to join this member-owned cooperative, go to


Mailing Address

915 Spring Garden Street Suite 216 Philadelphia, PA 19123