Sustainability

 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 […]

 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 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 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 […]

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