Guest Post by Lansie Sylvia
After Becky Collins graduated from the Pratt Institute with an M.S. in Environmental Systems Management, the sustainability superstar figured she’d stay put and enjoy all the mustaches that Brooklyn had to offer.
“I thought I was going to be in the land of hipsters for quite some time,” the Yardley-native muses, but luckily for Philadelphia, Miss Collins decided to come back home, and now works for the city’s Waste Management team.
Win a date with her at the Philly Give & Get auction on April 25th, and you’ll enjoy the Philadelphia Theatre Company’s production of Venus in Furs, followed by drinks at Vintage Wine Bar. Sustainability… delicious!
What do you love about living in Philly?
Since moving to Philly, I have participated in some awesome things. Examples include but are not limited to; Le Grand Continental dance performance during last year’s Fringe Festival, taking amazing sculpture classes at Fleisher from the wonderfully talented Darla Jackson, tending bar for the masses at Indy Hall’s kick-ass “Music Inspiring Art”show…the list goes on. In short, I love it here and I try to get all my friends who live other places to move here because it’s awesome.
What part of Philly Give & Get are you most excited about?
I love art and science so naturally I love any organization like The Philadelphia Center for the Arts and Technology that helps to inspire kids to explore those things. We are at a really interesting time where more and more people in the tech and art communities are coming together to create amazing pieces of work. That’s really exciting to me, especially when the focus is on improving the environment.
Why is giving back to the Philly arts & tech community important to you?
Since moving to Philadelphia, I have been welcomed into both the arts and tech communities with open arms. Every day I try to inspire people to think about waste and recycling in a different way and if I’m successful, change their behavior in order to foster a more environmentally-conscious lifestyle. If I can provide members of the arts and tech communities with information that helps them to make more informed choices, I will gladly do so.
Why should attendees bid on YOUR Auction Lot versus all of the others?
I bet I can tell you at least five things about recycling that you don’t know. Also, I have thousands of pictures of people’s garbage cans and recycling bins on my phone. I mean, who doesn’t want to look at those? Lastly, if you don’t bid on me, it is safe to assume that you hate the environment. You probably believe in climate change and litter on a regular basis.
What are you secret success strategies for winning the Most Valuable Philadelphian prize?
Besides riding in on a motorized vehicle made entirely of #5 plastic*, I have hired several actors to bid on me for the sole purpose of raising my auction price sky-high. You won’t know who they are until the end of the bidding process when they start a crazy flash mob. Those are still cool…right?
*If you’re the winner I’ll tell you all about #5 plastics.