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    • Peggy Anastos is Vice Chair of the New Jersey Commission on Puerto Rico Relief. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Six months after Hurricane Maria, Philly and Jersey offer lifeline to displaced Puerto Ricans

It’s been six months since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, destroying thousands of homes and sending more than 900 displaced families to Philadelphia. For many of those families, the past…

    • Dr. Hall measuring lead levels with a portable x-ray fluorescence machine that detects lead levels in solids.

New map shows lead's poisonous path

Lead-based paint poisons more Philadelphians than any other source of the toxic metal, according to Philadelphia Health Department. But kids and adults can also ingest the dangerous substance through dirt, dust…

    • They are joined by Carlos Torres (left), Muriel Rivera and her son, Yeriel, 6, (center left), and Melanie Garcia and her three children (Center right), who all face eviction.

A new group promises long-term support for Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees

Philadelphia disaster relief organizations have established a new committee designed to help the city support the more than 900 Puerto Rican families who landed here after losing their homes, schools, and…

    • Kensington Avenue and F streets is rated a “4” on Philadelphia’s Litter Index. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Armed with data on Philly's litter problem, Mayor prepares for slow political battle over street cleaning

Mayor Jim Kenney remains committed to a street-sweeping program, but don’t expect to see any cleaners on your block anytime soon. The city declined on Thursday to comment on a specific…

    • Puerto Rico Governor

Governor of Puerto Rico promises housing assistance for Philadelphia's Maria evacuees

During a visit to Philadelphia on Friday, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said he’s committed to declaring Pennsylvania a host state, which will provide local governments with federal funding for housing…

    • They are joined by Carlos Torres (left), Muriel Rivera and her son, Yeriel, 6, (center left), and Melanie Garcia and her three children (Center right), who all face eviction.

Puerto Rico's Governor to meet with city leaders on Friday, igniting hope of aid for Philly's Maria evacuees

The Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello is coming to Philadelphia on Friday and will be meeting with local Latino leaders and clergy. They'll be asking him to help release federal…

    • Muriel Rivera and her son Yeriel playing the piano at the hotel where she's been staying since November.

Puerto Rican evacuees in Philadelphia will lose temporary housing on Valentine’s Day and there is no plan for what's next

Muriel Rivera, 28, has been living with her 6-year-old kid in a downtown Philadelphia hotel since November. She had to evacuate the home she lived in with her mom, dad and…

    • The Greenworks magazine includes tips for urban farming and soil safety | Ali Mendelson

Why Philly's sustainability czar published a magazine about neighborhood life instead of another boring report on climate change

Words, not numbers, quanitify the impact of 14 months of work on Philadelphia's Greenworks sustainability agenda. Instead of the usual chart-heavy PDF loaded with statistics and metrics, the city has released…

    • Refinery Scape | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

With South Philadelphia refinery in bankruptcy proceedings, neighbors see an opportunity for cleaner air

Zalaka Thompson lives less than a mile from the biggest oil refinery on the East Coast. Though the Schuylkill Expressway separates her home from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) crude facility,…

    • Student trainees receive hands-on experience in solar installation under the supervision of practitioners provided by Philadelphia-based company Solar States.

Trump tariff won't hit Philly's growing solar industry, experts say

The tariffs on imported solar panels and cells announced by the Trump’s administration this week doesn't threaten Philadelphia’s incipient solar market, local experts say. Christine Simeone, director of policy and external…

    • Erica Tunnell educates her neighborhoods about environmental threats. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Why Philly isn't giving up the fight for environmental justice

It was a stormy night in Memphis, Tennessee, and Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t feeling very well. He had a slight fever and a sore throat and felt exhausted after the…

    • Bridge over the Wissahickon in winter (Credit: Gary Citrone)

As 2017 comes to an end, a look back at Philadelphia’s response to mounting environmental challenges

If everyone keeps their new sustainability resolutions made this year, Philadelphia will be an environmentalist’s dream 15 years from now. In 2017, the city signed a handful of commitments to dramatically…

    • Workers planting trees

Philadelphia gets grant for planting at least 400 extra street trees a year

Philadelphia could be a lot greener. Only 20 percent of the city’s ground is covered by trees, which is below the national average (27 percent) — a little lower than New…

    • Opponents of SEPTA's gas plant gathered at the Catto Memorial outside City Hall arguing the location of the plant was racist.

Health Department authorizes SEPTA natural gas plant in Nicetown

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS) issued a permit allowing SEPTA to move ahead with its proposed natural-gas power plant in Nicetown. Local environmentalists had fought the SEPTA proposal for…

    • Leo Brundage in front of his house in Eastwick.

In Eastwick, belief that flooding during Hurricane Floyd was intentional still muddies the water

Eastwick residents have long endured regular flooding. The Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood is home to the lowest point in the city. The community sits within the federally-designated floodplain. Historically, Eastwick was a…

    • Philadelphia is actively helping rebuilt Puerto Rico. In the picture, man retouching Puerto Rican flag in Norris Square Park.
    • Food donations are sorted by volunteers at the Unidos Pa' PR warehouse at 956 East Erie Ave.

Displaced by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans move to Philadelphia

Taina Gomez saw no other option. Over a month ago, she lost everything to Hurricane Maria. Her house near the beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was completely destroyed. Also gone was…

    • Gregory Heller, executive director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, told the resident the city will respect the outcomes of the study.

Ten months into planning process, Eastwick residents remain wary and divided

Eastwick’s Penrose Elementary School gym was packed and hot on last  Wednesday night, and it wasn’t because of a game. The school, located on 78th street, just two blocks from Cobbs…

    • As part of the Solarize Philly program, the city is training Philadelphia public school students for future jobs in the solar industry.

Environmentalists cheer Philadelphia’s plan for 100 percent clean energy by 2030

Energy experts and environmental advocates described the city’s new energy master plan for fulfilling Mayor Jim Kenney’s pledge to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions  by 80 percent by 2050 as smart,…

    • Environmental organizations symbolically delivered 20,000 public comments to EPA in support of the clean water rule.

Pennsylvania environmental activists submit 20,000 comments on proposed changes to EPA’s clean water rule

A coalition of Philadelphian environmental organizations hand-delivered more than 20,000 public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Philadelphia office last week, all in support of the Water of the…

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