Sustainability

 

Center City: The Sustainable Business Network Serves the Community Through Social and Environmental Advocacy

Center City: The Sustainable Business Network Serves the Community Through Social and Environmental Advocacy

Approaching its 15-year anniversary, the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) has grown from a small nonprofit startup, into a thriving organization dedicated to social and economic sustainable business practices. Founded by Judy Wicks, co-founder of the Business Alliance for Local Living Economies and the White Dog Café, SBN has been another success in her contribution to […]

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Sustainable Living: Five Eco-Friendly Businesses in Philadelphia

Sustainable Living: Five Eco-Friendly Businesses in Philadelphia

When a business is sustainable, its practices demonstrate how to make a profit while also promoting, addressing and being conscious of environmental issues. Here are a few businesses that focus their mission not only on making money but remaining environmentally sound. Moon + Arrow 754 S. 4th St. Originating as a handmade jewelry line five years ago, Moon […]

 

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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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 […]

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Queen Village: Creating More Green Space at Top of Several To-Do Lists

Queen Village: Creating More Green Space at Top of Several To-Do Lists

When a person transitions from a rural to an urban environment, one of the first noticeable differences they may realize is the consistent lack greenery. The color green has been shown to ease symptoms of anxiety and depression, while also promoting an overall positive message. Recent studies have indicated that green spaces can help too. […]

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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 […]

 

Frankford: Quaker School Prioritizes STEM Education for Students

Frankford: Quaker School Prioritizes STEM Education for Students

Students at Frankford Friends School know what it means to be innovative, especially in the subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These areas of study, coined as STEM, are the new focuses of Frankford Friends’ proposed NEST center, an area on the school’s campus that will allow students to experiment with these subjects through […]