About Us

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is a world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs, and that our members have enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional educational opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides.

EWB-USA supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders.

Principles of Development



EWB-USA is a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to partnering with developing communities around the world. We provide engineering services through our volunteer chapter members to implement the infrastructure necessary to meet basic human needs. Through our sustainable engineering projects, we strive to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve. Thousands of members in more than 225 university and professional chapters work to support these efforts.




The Philadelphia region chapter (EWB-Philadelphia)
was established in September 2005. Our efforts focus on the following:


Implement and carry out sustainable development water and sanitation projects which assist developing communities meet basic needs . You can read more on our current projects in Rwanda, El Salvador, and the Philippines here.


Train EWB members to become future project mentors and leaders. Involve and educate the local community about issues related to EWB-USA.

Supporting EWB Student Chapters

Providing professional chapter members as a resource for technical mentoring of the local student chapters (Delaware, Drexel, UPenn, Rowan, Temple, Villanova, Widener) , and also helping to facilitate development/leadership of those student chapters.

Collaboration with Local Environmental Organizations

EWB-Philadelphia frequently collaborates with Philadelphia-based organizations Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center (FWWIC) and Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI). FWWIC, home to Philadelphia’s second municipal waterworks facility (in operation from 1812-1909), is now a hands-on science and environmental educational center created by the Philadelphia Water Department. The FWWIC offers interactive exhibits, lectures, events, and school programs to aid in the understanding of the waterworks’ purpose/history and local watershed importance.

PGWI is a group of individuals and organization representatives committed to meeting the UN Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation. Through its project work, EWB-Philadelphia will support the goals of PGWI and help empower developing communities to initiate sustainable engineering projects that will improve the quality of life for current and future generations.

Community Outreach Initiatives in the Greater Philadelphia region

Locally, EWB-Philadelphia’s main presence in our home community involves volunteer service projects designed to promote sustainability and remove urban blight. Through frequent collaborations with service organizations such as Greater Philadelphia Cares and Ray of Hope, EWB-Philadelphia volunteers alongside residents to beautify neighborhoods and clean up parks throughout the city. Visit our gallery to view some of the community work we’ve done to date.

EWB-USA’s Quality Project Process