Global Philadelphia Unveils New Public Art Mural at FDR Park, Promoting Accessibility to Reliable, Clean Energy Sources


Nonprofit dedicated to enhancing Philadelphia’s global profile debuts a new sustainability-themed mural in association with Friends of FDR Park, Penn’s Kleinman Energy Center for Energy Policy, and Mural Arts Philadelphia.

WHO: Produced by: Global Philadelphia Association (GPA) 

Host: Friends of FDR Park 

Sponsors: Penn’s Kleinman Energy Center for Energy Policy

Partners: Mural Arts Philadelphia 

Artist: Eliza Nobles 

WHAT: Global Philadelphia Association spotlights another United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) with the unveiling of a new public art mural by Eliza Nobles, a graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania, celebrating SDG #7 – Affordable and Clean Energy.  The mural unveiling is sponsored by Penn’s Kleinman Energy Center for Energy Policy and promotes access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all.  

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a call for action set forth by United Nations for all countries – poor, rich, and middle-income – to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and address a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities while tackling climate change and environmental protection.  

WHEN: Wednesday, November 9, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Remarks will begin promptly at 4 PM.

WHERE: FDR Park Boat House (FDR Park, Philadelphia, PA 19145). 

VISUALS:   The outdoor event will provide many opportunities for photography, including:

  • New addition to Philadelphia’s public artwork community by artist Eliza Nobles

  • Presentation of a large-scale, $3,000 grant gifted to the Friends of FDR Park 

  • Remarks from prominent Philadelphia civic and community leaders, including:

    • Sheila Hess, Philadelphia City Representative

    • Patrick Morgan, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Deputy Commissioner

    • Mark Alan Hughes, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy Faculty Director

    • Zabeth Teelucksingh, GPA President

    • Rob McNeill, GPA Board Chair 

    • Eliza Nobles, artist 

QUOTES: “At GPA we are committed to promoting and advancing the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals,” said Zabeth Teelucksingh, Executive Director of Global Philadelphia Association. “This new mural at FDR Park not only adds a beautiful new backdrop for our community, but also represents the message of building a better, more sustainable city, showcasing the work of a talented artist, and in turn, furthering our commitment to fulfilling each of the SDG goals.” 

“We are so pleased to present the work of a talented Penn student to the greater Philadelphia community,” said Cory Colijn, Executive Director of Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. “Eliza’s painting will serve as a reminder of the urgent need for a clean energy transition—and the balance that can come when we achieve that goal.”

PR CONTACT:    Ally Wengel: (E) (C) 908-914-5052

About the Global Philadelphia Association:

The Global Philadelphia Association consists of more than 200 internationally involved organizations, businesses, and individuals in Greater Philadelphia. It was created to assist – and to encourage greater interaction among – the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the area, and to enhance Philadelphia’s global profile. For more information, visit:

About the Kleinman Center:

The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design is the home on campus for advancing energy policy outcomes through research, education, and outreach. Its mission is to create the conditions for policy innovation that support a just and efficient transition to sustainable energy. For more information, visit:




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