Environment

 

Old City: Miles Butler Builds Community to Save The Planet

Old City: Miles Butler Builds Community to Save The Planet

As a lifelong activist and a current leader in Philadelphia’s sustainability community, Miles Butler has dedicated most of his life toward spreading knowledge and awareness of environmental protection. Raised in Mt. Airy, Butler lived in Massachusetts for a few years, then moved back to Philly to pursue his passion as a musician and environmentalist. In 2014, […]

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Center City: Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Focuses on Clean Communities

Center City: Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Focuses on Clean Communities

Michelle Feldman has been the executive director of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful since early 2013. As an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Keep Philadelphia Beautiful is focused on cleaning and improving communities. The nonprofit organization, founded in 1985 as PhilaPride, is located in Center City but has operated throughout Philadelphia under its current name and format since […]

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Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

Center City: A Look at The State of Our Infrastructure

For generations, Philadelphia has been a city of residents and commuters, creating a diverse city with a bustling downtown district and thriving satellite commercial centers connected by the original grid of surface streets and the newer web of interstates and expressways. Trains snake through hidden cuts in the city as buses trudge up and down […]

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Mt. Airy: The Long Legacy of a Green Revolutionary

Mt. Airy: The Long Legacy of a Green Revolutionary

Paul Glover is an accomplished author, city planner, urban environmentalist, university professor, public speaker and political activist. However, his many titles do not even begin to scratch the surface of his fascinating story.  “Paul is a pioneer in his own right, coming here from Ithaca” said Chris Zelov, who is currently collaborating with Glover on creating […]

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West Oak Lane: Volunteers Want to Keep Up with the Sweep Up for Philly Spring Cleanup

West Oak Lane: Volunteers Want to Keep Up with the Sweep Up for Philly Spring Cleanup

Each spring, brooms, rakes and buckets of paint come alive as the neighborhoods across the city participate in citywide cleanup days. But what about the rest of the year? Vernon Smith and Carlton Williams, legislative assistants and community outreach liaisons to state Rep. Dwight Evans, who serves the West Oak Lane area, helped orchestrate the April […]

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West Oak Lane: Planting Seeds For Youth to Help Clean Up Streets

West Oak Lane: Planting Seeds For Youth to Help Clean Up Streets

On the corners of many streets in neighborhoods throughout the city, there is trash and other debris strewn around. Events like the annual city-wide spring cleanup day were created to help keep streets clean and also teach kids that they should be keeping their neighborhoods in the best conditions possible. For parents, having their children alongside them […]

 

Bridesburg: Descendant of Lenni Lenape Tribe Strives for State Recognition

Bridesburg: Descendant of Lenni Lenape Tribe Strives for State Recognition

Thousands of years before Bridesburg became the neighborhood we know of today, it was the lush lands that the Lenni Lenape (meaning “original” or “real” people) farmed, fished, hunted and thrived in. On April 13, 2016, residents of Bridesburg gathered at Point No Point Republican Club for an eye-opening presentation by Carla Messinger, a descendant […]

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Mayfair: Butterfly Project Brings Monarchs to Mayfair

Mayfair: Butterfly Project Brings Monarchs to Mayfair

In the coming months, Mayfair’s residents and visitors can expect to see thousands of butterflies roaming throughout the neighborhood. After learning that the iconic North American black-and-orange insect is on the verge of disappearing for good, a coalition of organizations within the neighborhood decided to launch the Monarch Butterfly Project. “The monarch is an endangered […]

 

Fairmount: Plants Providing Natural Healing Benefits to People Using Herbal Remedies

Fairmount: Plants Providing Natural Healing Benefits to People Using Herbal Remedies

Before pharmaceutical medicine became prevalent in modern society, people used holistic herbal medicine to treat illnesses. Today, the trend of using herbs for health care continues. “Essentially, herbal medicine is the use of plants as medicine in different forms which can be teas, tinctures or liquids, there are a lot of different ways to prepare them,” Adam […]

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Brewerytown: Gardeners Grow Strong Roots in Community

Brewerytown: Gardeners Grow Strong Roots in Community

The Brewerytown Community Garden brings fresh, inexpensive fruits and vegetables back into the community while also engaging residents with various events. “I love gardening, it kind of calms me down, it’s good for you,”said garden member Jeannie Brooks. “I grew up in a family of farmers and singers from Hopewell Township in New Jersey.” When Brooks relocated to […]