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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


It’s the beginning of a new year....that time of year when many of us are considering what new roles we want to take on in 2022, what professional and personal goals we will set, and what activities we will give so much of our valuable time to.

Many of our members (or future members) probably volunteer in some capacity with one or more professional organizations, office committees, community groups, school organizations, sports teams, religious groups, and many others.   

SWEP is a volunteer-run organization and depends upon our volunteers to provide our quality programs, technical and social events, scholarships and grants, and general operations.   For a number of reasons, we have a number of vacant positions and upcoming vacancies in mid-2022 and 2023. 

Please consider becoming a Director, Executive officer or Committee volunteer!  

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to one of our Executives (https://www.swepweb.com/page-1680611) or to me directly. 


Rebecca Buchanan

SWEP Greater Philadelphia- Chair


  • Have an idea for a 2022 SWEP event?  Send an email to the Programs Committee Chairs or participate in one of our scheduled events and share your ideas!

Upcoming celebrations and national days of observance:
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- January 17, 2022
  • Black History Month- February 2022
  • Hispanic Heritage Month- September/October 2022
  • National Native American Heritage Month- November 2022

    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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