Introducing New GSI Partners Team

August 07, 2017
The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia
2401 Walnut Street, Suite 206
Philadelphia, PA 19103

SBN Welcomes Fran Lawn and Alanna Wittet to GSI Partners Staff


PHILADELPHIA, PA (August 9, 2017)— The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) has recently appointed Fran Lawn, GSI Partner Manager and Alanna Wittet, GSI Partners Associate to the SBN, Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Staff.

As GSI Partners Manager, Fran brings over 15 years of experience in developing community education, infrastructure and health programs that provide urban communities innovative solutions to environmental and social challenges in urban communities.

After receiving his BS in Environmental Design from Delaware Valley University, Fran served on Philadelphia’s Reentry Coalition Employment Committee. There, he coauthored Reentry to Workforce Partnership, a case study that highlights effective cross-sector partnerships to address barriers to successful reentry.

Recently, he served as Community Impact Chair for Net Impact Philadelphia Professional Chapter. Fran is also a member of Leadership Philadelphia, and a fellow with the Nonprofit Executive Leadership Institute at Bryn Mawr College and a 2004 Delaware Valley Regional Network Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program.

Fran’s commitment to serve his community through environmental and social education has made him invaluable to the GSI Partners.

As GSI Partners Program Associate, Alanna will work to provide organizational and programmatic support for GSI Partners initiative and help to advance the goals and triple bottom line impact of Green City, Clean Waters, Philadelphia’s green stormwater management plan.

Alanna previously worked for B Lab, where she supported research to measure social and environmental impact as well as B Corp certification processes. She also worked with the Sustainable Business Network of New Zealand, engaging local businesses in improving their environmental practices.

Alanna received an Environmental Studies degree from Franklin & Marshall College. She has continued efforts to study social and environmental impact as well as how stakeholders can collaborate to collectively engage in creating more sustainable communities.

About the GSI Partners
The Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners is a priority initiative of the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) formed to support the success of Green City, Clean Waters. Our mission is to advance the local GSI industry, innovation, and the local economy as it relates to GSI. We are the only business network working to ensure that the greenest approaches to stormwater management are facilitated and incentivized as much as possible, and that the public and private investments being catalyzed by the plan are spent with local firms. Our strategy for accomplishing this includes: coalition-building, advocacy, and professional development.

About the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN)
The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) is a non-profit membership organization working to build a thriving, local, and sustainable economy in the Greater Philadelphia region. They are accomplishing this by growing and educating a broad base of local, independent businesses and educating policymakers and the public. Through their services, products, and internal practices, SBN’s 400 members are locally-owned businesses that strive to create positive change for the environment and in their communities. SBN was founded by Judy Wicks in 2001 after envisioning how strengthening relationships among independent, community-rooted enterprises could inspire profound social change. Wicks is also the founder of Fair Food, cofounder of The Aunts and Uncles, and co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies