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The Society of Women Environmental Professionals is a growing national organization created to develop and enhance the career, educational and personal goals of its members.



SWEP is a national non-profit professional association of women involved or interested in environmental law, science, business, and policy. Our Philadelphia Chapter serves as a resource for members in the Philadelphia region, providing opportunities for professional development through educational programming, social events, mentoring, and public service.

Upcoming events

A Tribute to Past Touchstone, Scholarship & Grant Award Winners from the Past Decade

Click on each graphic below to view our video tributes to our Touchstone Award Recipients and 2020 Scholarship & Grant winners.


SWEP and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee welcomes you to do one or more of the following to celebrate Black History Month in our last week of February and long after this month is over:

  • Celebrate some of the many impressive Black women of the Philadelphia region such as Crystal Bird Fauset, the first African American woman to win a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, and Lisa P. Jackson, the first African-American to head the USEPA.
  • Read a book by a Black author such as “Sula” by Toni Morrison or “On Beauty” by Zadie Smith.

our mission

The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of SWEP (SWEP of Greater Philadelphia) was formed in 1995 as a resource for women environmental professionals in the Philadelphia region. The mission of SWEP of Greater Philadelphia is:

 To encourage and promote the leadership, achievement, and professional development of women in the environmental professions.

 To provide an informal setting for women in the environmental professions to meet, share substantive information and work experiences, and to establish a communications exchange.

 To educate members on new developments and current trends in the environmental field.

 To encourage and promote the development of business relationships.

 To encourage and promote public service in the environmental field.

photo credit: Mike Boening Photography Philadelphia from the South Street Bridge via photopin (license)
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