Environment

 By Zac Camagna and Melissa Straube

Mantua: Residents Strive to Maintain History

Mantua: Residents Strive to Maintain History

At Union and Wallace streets, there is a community garden owned and maintained by Mantua resident Dallas Scott. Scott was born in 1963 in the same home his grandfather owned before he died. “Originally, there was a house right next to ours,” Scott said. “These were two twin houses right here and the one house […]

 By Matthew Wargo

Fishtown: Nonprofit Sustainabilty Program Anchors Neighborhood’s Greening Efforts

Fishtown: Nonprofit Sustainabilty Program Anchors Neighborhood’s Greening Efforts

One nonprofit sustainability program is moving Fishtown toward a greener and cleaner future. It is Sustainable 19125’s goal to make the 19125 ZIP code the greenest in Philadelphia, and community members are leading the way. The program focuses on three particular aspects of the environment: The Big Green Block; Walk, Bike, Ride; and Green Blocks. […]

 By Lee Miller and Casey Moore

Mantua: Drexel Students and Mantua Residents Come Together for Spring Cleanup

Mantua: Drexel Students and Mantua Residents Come Together for Spring Cleanup

A total of 1,240,360 pounds of trash were picked up during 2011’s Philly Spring Cleanup. A total of 2,574 volunteers, 149,860 pounds of waste recycled. In only it’s fourth year the program put up impressive numbers. Several dozen local residents and students joined together with Mantua Community Improvement Committee with hopes of making the fifth […]

 By Colin Gerrity

Walnut Hill: Park Advocates Ask City to Show Them the Money

Walnut Hill: Park Advocates Ask City to Show Them the Money

Broken tree branches, cracked sidewalks, cluttered paths. These issues should be routine maintenance. But with the uncertainty of proper funding to the Parks and Recreation Department, these problems could continue to increase and spiral out of control. On April 17, members of the Friends of Clark Park joined with 250 enraged citizens inside City Council […]

 By Sandy Tran and Rachel Stumpo

Wynnefield: Flower Beds Grow Smaller Throughout Philadelphia Parks

Wynnefield: Flower Beds Grow Smaller Throughout Philadelphia Parks

Where do the flowers growing in Philadelphia’s public parks came from? Do they grow wild or are they planted? They are actually grown by the Horticulture Center, a little greenhouse nestled in Fairmount Park not far from the Philadelphia Zoo. Many who enjoy these flower plantings may not have noticed that the flower beds in […]

 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 […]