Environment

 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., […]

 By Michael C. Burke, Nichole Fray and Syreeta Martin

Brewerytown: Marathon Farm Provides Fresh Produce for Community

Brewerytown: Marathon Farm Provides Fresh Produce for Community

In a highly globalized society, it is rare for people to know exactly where their food comes from. In particular, people who live in urban neighborhoods surrounded by cement and metal have grown increasingly disconnected from the food they consume on a daily basis. Cary Borish, CEO of Marathon Restaurants, decided to help solve that […]

 By Kailey Meitzler and Jon Ristaino

East Falls: Residents Worry About Trash Problem

East Falls: Residents Worry About Trash Problem

Trash accumulating on the streets of East Falls is becoming a problem, some residents maintain. Walking along the streets of East Falls, residents see piles of trash along fence lines and around drainage grates. One of the concerns in East Falls is the abundance of unsanitary trash. It only takes a short walk down Ridge […]

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