Ben got involved in promoting sustainability and community improvement several years ago as a volunteer Green Guide for Sustainable 19125/19134 in his neighborhood of Fishtown. He has focused his efforts on increasing recycling participation and green home improvements, as well as coordinating the planting of street trees on his block. Ben grew up in Northern Virginia until graduating from the Naval Academy in 1994 with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. After completing several tours of duty in Norfolk and San Diego, he resigned from the Navy to pursue a new career as a pilot. Moving to the area from California in 2003, Ben now spends modest amounts of his time flying for a major airline in Philadelphia.