Environment

 By Tim Johnson and Kriston Bethel

Hunting Park: Community Garden Brings Residents Closer to Park

Hunting Park: Community Garden Brings Residents Closer to Park

The community garden in Hunting Park, one of many revitalization projects taking place in the park over the past year, allows residents to grow their own fruits and vegetables in the usually limited green space found in North Philadelphia. “This is easy enough,” said Carnell Anderson, a Hunting Park resident who has his own plot […]

 By Abby Rosier

Northern Liberties: Residents Receive Free Rain Barrels to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

Northern Liberties: Residents Receive Free Rain Barrels to Reduce Stormwater Runoff

The City of Philadelphia is taking strides to address stormwater runoff that has been polluting and eroding creeks and rivers, including the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers. The Energy Coordinating Agency and Philadelphia Water Department have provided free rain barrels to the residents of Northern Liberties in order to promote reducing storm water flows to the […]

 By Jade C. McKenzie and Connor Showalter

Packer Park: Local Resident Compares Lower South District to Home in Japan

Packer Park: Local Resident Compares Lower South District to Home in Japan

South Philadelphia resident Joanna Osawa said she didn’t know Xfinity Live! had opened in the sports complex adjacent to Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, but she said the community should focus on how to improve its parks and public spaces, instead of opening more businesses. Last year Osawa left her home in Japan and moved to […]

 By Matthew Wargo

Fishtown: Bike Shop Helps City Toward a Sustainable Future

Fishtown: Bike Shop Helps City Toward a Sustainable Future

For one Fishtown business, going green is nothing new. At Jay’s Pedal Power Bikes, 512 E. Girard Ave., owner Jeff Rosenblum said his bike shop has been environmentally friendly since it opened 35 years ago. “The business itself, as it stands, is a green business to begin with,” he said. “I don’t think there’s anything more energy efficient than riding a bike to work or the […]

 By Emad S. Khalil

University City: Nonprofit Organization Aims to Advance Sustainability

University City: Nonprofit Organization Aims to Advance Sustainability

The University City District, a nonprofit organization located on the corner of 40th and Chestnut streets, is opening a compost center in University City, turning an unused lot into a sustainable environment for the community. The effort stems from UCD’s initiative to make University City self-reliant in regards to compost and “green waste.” The area […]

 By Joel Mason-Gaines

University City: Local Organization Teaches Kids How to Repair Bicycles

University City: Local Organization Teaches Kids How to Repair Bicycles

An organization exists in University City that teaches neighborhood children about bicycling. Neighborhood Bike Works, located in the basement of St. Mary’s Church in the middle of the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, offers after-school classes, summer camps and special events that teach children the various skills of bicycle repair and maintenance. Students in […]

 By Stephen M. Rose

Kensington: Beautifying the Neighborhood One Tree at a Time

Kensington: Beautifying the Neighborhood One Tree at a Time

It was an infinite love for trees that created the Kensington based group, Philly Tree People. Three like-minded women, Jacelyn Blank, Dina Richman and Nykia Perez were attending a Tree Tenders workshop through the Philadelphia Horticultural Society when they met and discovered that all three of them lived in the same neighborhood and had the […]

 By Jon Ristaino and Kailey Meitzler

East Falls: Neighborhood Faces Growing Trash Problem

East Falls: Neighborhood Faces Growing Trash Problem

While East Falls is home to prominent politicians and their middle-class neighborhoods, trash littering the streets and parks has become a growing concern. Community members said they not only want the area to be appealing, but also inspire others to clean up after themselves. The community, which is home to former Gov. Ed Rendell and […]

 By Stephen M. Rose and Whitney R. Segel

Kensington: Philadelphia’s First Big Green Block

Kensington: Philadelphia’s First Big Green Block

The block between Front Street and Frankford Avenue and Palmer Street and Norris Avenue has undergone a major makeover. Together the Philadelphia Water Department, New Kensington Community Development Corp., Philadelphia Horticultural Society, the Mural Arts Program and with the help of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, these corporations and services have turned the block in Philly’s […]

 By Justin Boylan and Samantha Anderson

Kensington: Home-Brewed Beer to Kick Off Spring

Kensington: Home-Brewed Beer to Kick Off Spring

Local residents in Kensington had the chance to start spring by attending a home brewing workshop with Barry’s Homebrew, a outlet store located at 1447 N. American St. that specializes in helping people get started making their very own wine and beer. The workshop was held at Greensgrow Farms, located at 2501 E. Cumberland St., […]