About Philly Green Man
in 1997, I retired from my teaching position of 9 years to stay home
to raise my twin boys for the first 3 years of their life.
I began teaching at Dobbins at the request of my former principal Mr.
Edward Magliocco. He remembered me as a student and called me 5 years
after graduating to come back to head the architecture department.
During my tenure at Dobbins high school, I produced award-winning
architectural design and model building students. They won numerous
design and model building competitions during that time.
In 1999, I found it and published an education and entertainment magazine
called Philly word. We helped to launch the careers of many notable artists
and writers during the five years of publishing.
In 2008, I decided to take my love of people and the environment and used
items, to venture into the green economy slash sustainability movement,
by collecting unwanted sneakers and shoes that were generally thrown away
and began having them sent to Haiti and 8 countries in West Africa.
In the process of identifying and collecting wearable usable sneakers and shoes,
I also notice other recyclable goods that I began to recycle as well. Laptop computers,
cell phones clothing, etc, etc.
Ultimately I began to create a win-win situation by keeping goods out of waterways
as well as reducing waste and then, in turn, helping people who could
not afford new sneakers and shoes to be able to afford them. Essentially, turning
perceived trash into commodities. There are at least 100 million people worldwide who
cannot afford footwear.
In the USA there are at least 2.5 million pairs of footwear purchased every week
and the majority of them are not worn to completion I began to connect
those two facts and realize the opportunity to do something not only to create
work for myself and others but to provide useful goods to people around the
world who could not ordinarily afford them.
There is Never Ending work for Philly Green Man to do and I don't mind
if other superheroes want to join me too.
You can be a part of the Philly Green Man Green team by signing our mailing list, contacting us to pick up your sneakers and shoes or by simply making a donation. Help me to help others.