Sustainability

 By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach

Chinatown: Chinese Cultural and Community Center Fights to Remain a Landmark

Chinatown: Chinese Cultural and Community Center Fights to Remain a Landmark

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has been working to get the Chinese Cultural and Community Center up and running again. It has also tried to protect the historical building against demolition. The center closed in 2007 and has been vacant to this day. Before the construction of the friendship gate, the Chinese Cultural and Community Center was known […]

 By Jessie Fox

Germantown: At 10 Tons of Clothing A Week, It’s More Than the Average Thrift Shop

Germantown: At 10 Tons of Clothing A Week, It’s More Than the Average Thrift Shop

The Germantown Thrift Shop, located at 101 E. Chelten Ave., raises funds for the Whosoever Gospel Mission and provides real-life workforce development training for the men who are enrolled in the New Life Rehabilitation and Job Readiness program. For the men at the mission the thrift shop has acted as a stepping stone by providing […]

 By Monet S. Tucker and Shanise Redmon

Germantown: Teaming Up to Clean Up

Germantown: Teaming Up to Clean Up

Friends of Vernon Park has teamed up with AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps in an effort to maintain Vernon Park’s beautiful landscape. Members of AmeriCorps NCCC and volunteers from Friends of Vernon Park had no problem rolling up their sleeves and getting dirty for a good cause. They pulled up weeds, raked leaves, cleaned out gutters and […]

 By Hilary A. Petrozziello and Kaitlin J. Spotts

East Falls: Red House’s Mission is to Teach Self-Sufficiency

East Falls: Red House’s Mission is to Teach Self-Sufficiency

Teaching the community to be creative and self-sufficient is the driving force behind Red House,  a nonprofit organization and sewing school all combined in a single space at 3733 Midvale Ave. in East Falls. Red House is run by Dahlia Wigfall and Cyan “Blu” Jeffries. These two women are incredibly passionate about not only expressing themselves […]

 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 Stephen M. Rose and Whitney R. Segel

Kensington: Renewal Rehabs Abandoned Properties to Help the Community to Lower Crime

Kensington: Renewal Rehabs Abandoned Properties to Help the Community to Lower Crime

Finding a really helpful neighbor can at times be difficult in some urban areas, particularly on blocks where one-third of the properties are abandoned and vacant. However, if you live on the 900 block of East Westmoreland Street, Jamie Moffett is the best neighbor to have because of his work addressing abandoned properties. Through Moffet’s […]

 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 […]