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Northwest Philadelphia: Bee Population Declines Despite BeeKeeping’s Rise In Popularity

Northwest Philadelphia: Bee Population Declines Despite BeeKeeping’s Rise In Popularity

Meet Adam Schreiber, one of the many Philadelphians who has fallen in love with beekeeping. Schreiber got his start with beekeeping nearly eight years ago in 2009 when a friend recommended the hobby to him. He now has hives scattered all across the city. “A friend of mine was keeping bees and I’ve always been […]

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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 […]

 

Roxborough: Environmental Groups Work Together To Make Their Community A Better Place

Roxborough: Environmental Groups Work Together To Make Their Community A Better Place

Ivy Ridge Green was co-founded six years ago by Chris Kingsley, Annie Scott and Blaise Syrnick. Spearheaded by Destination Schuylkill River, Ivy Ridge Green’s goal is to add more green to the communities of Roxborough and Manayunk. Though Kingsley is no longer with Ivy Ridge Green, the organization continued to grow immensely thanks to dedicated volunteers such as Marlene Schleifer, […]

 By Aaron Stevens

Mt Airy: A Change in Consumer Awareness

Mt Airy: A Change in Consumer Awareness

[vimeo 78714382] In Mt. Airy, a handful of businesses with an environmentally conscious business model are helping to bring change to the consumer’s landscape. Earth: Bread + Brewery, Wine Thief and The Night Kitchen are conscious of their carbon footprint. Each place sources ingredients locally and tries to raise awareness on many topics considered sustainable. Amy […]

 By Aaron Stevens

Mt. Airy: Sustainability turned into Profitability

Mt. Airy: Sustainability turned into Profitability

Running a sustainable business can make your bottom line economically viable. At Earth: Bread and Brewery in Mt. Airy Peggy Zwerver, a co-owner, lays this out. Earth is a profit turning sustainable restaurant and brewery.  The establishment boasts at least 16 different ways Earth is sustainable. “We compost, we try to use produce from local […]

 By Mia Cammisa and Jared Brooks

Fairhill: Students Create an Urban Farm

Fairhill: Students Create an Urban Farm

They don’t look like your typical farmers; they’re young, dressed in sneakers and jeans, but the students working out at the lot at 11th and York streets are doing their best at turning the small plot of land into a permanent resource for the community. Students from all over Philadelphia, including Temple University, have formed […]

 By Matthew Pitts

Francisville: Eco-Friendly Restaurant Opens Soon

Francisville: Eco-Friendly Restaurant Opens Soon

Restaurants highlight a community’s growth. The problem is that opening one takes time. Fare Restaurant, located at 2028 Fairmount Ave., has been in the process since May 2009. Not only do they have the regular troubles of opening, but the owners also have an objective with the place. Their mission is to bring the greenest […]

 By Saleem Ahmed and Jennifer Klimowicz

Tacony: A Green Building for the Fire Department

Tacony: A Green Building for the Fire Department

Two years after losing the community firehouse, groundbreaking for a new LEED Silver Certified Tacony firehouse is only a month away. The new Engine 38 firehouse, which has a proposed cost of $5.5 million, will be located in Disston Park at the corner of Magee Avenue and Keystone Street. The building will one of the […]

 By Julie Achilles and Damon Fillman

Manayunk: A Grassroots Gathering for a Good Cause

Manayunk: A Grassroots Gathering for a Good Cause

Destination Schuylkill Project hosted “Hang Out to Help Out,” a green gathering at the Bourbon Blue in Manayunk on Feb. 5, to garner support and funding for its upcoming projects. The group, which facilitates maintenance of trails, bridges and open space along the river, is purely volunteer-based. “There are projects within our immediate community that […]