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    • Tires dumped illegally, photo sent to Philly311 in January 2017.

As reports of illegal dumping rise, can Philly bring new solutions to this old problem?

It’s Saturday morning and a group of volunteers is gathered around a vacant lot next to the train tracks at Erie Avenue in Tioga. There’s trash piled everywhere: tires, abandoned pieces…

    • Christine Knapp, Office of Sustainability, testifies at a City Council hearing on the environment, March 2017 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Environmental leaders urge City Council to put climate change on ‘front burner'

“Climate is already changing,” said Liz Robinson, executive director Energy Coordination Agency of Philadelphia (ECA), at a Philadelphia City Council hearing held this Wednesday. “As we can all see from the…

    • Merthus Mbonigaba at the Growing Together farm in South Philadelphia. | Catalina Jaramillo / WHYY

Seeds from home help refugees grow roots in South Philly

Growing roots in a new country? For refugees in South Philadelphia that transition is eased by growing a comforting taste from home. This story is part of an episode of The…

    • As the sun sets, a small group gathers to mourn the loss of the last English elm trees in The Woodlands. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Saying farewell to the last remaining grove of English Elms in the country

The Woodlands cemetery is the biggest open space near University City in West Philadelphia. It has beautiful and rare trees and many neighbors use it as a park. On Thursday night,…

    • Eastwick: FEMA Flood Zone | courtesy of Interface Studio

Environmental foundation to guide Eastwick's plan

It’s easier to understand Eastwick’s flooding problem when you look at an old map and realize that most of the neighborhood was part of the Tinicum Marsh. By 1900, the marsh…

    • This 9-cubic yard truck needs to be tipped more often but it is small enough to maneuver the tight South Philadelphia Streets. February 13th, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Waste Not: Philadelphia's route to better recycling

Philadelphia has set a goal to become a Zero Waste city by 2035. Throughout 2017, PlanPhilly will report on ways the city is working toward that goal by looking at the…

    • The Dirt Factory community composting facility in University City | Ryan Collerd

Composting in Philadelphia: Where we are and where we are going

Philadelphia has set a goal to become a Zero Waste city by 2035. Throughout 2017, PlanPhilly will report on ways the city is working toward that goal by looking at the…

    • Gregory Heller with Eastwick Planning Study Steering Committe

Eastwick starts community-oriented planning process hoping to rewrite the history of urban renewal

A new era started this Tuesday for neighbors in Eastwick. For the first time ever, representatives from the community sat at the same table with city planners and agencies to decide…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Philly joining private-led initiative to reduce commercial building energy use 50% by 2030

In a policy framework for advancing green building in Philadelphia published in January, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) announced that it’s leading the formation of Philadelphia 2030 District, a…

    • What is your vision for the future? January 17, 2017
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Philly gets its own sticky-note 'subway therapy' just before Inauguration Day

Just like in the New York City subway, sticky-note messages have started to accumulate on a tile wall in the concourse between Septa’s City Hall Station and Suburban Station. The…

    • Planner David Fecteau discussing zoning changes with Somerset Neighbors for Better Living, January 2017

Scrap yard fight in Kensington won't end with rezoning

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) gave the members of Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL) some good news regarding the future of three scrap yards located north…

    • Silver Street outside Philadelphia Scrap Metal | Catalina Jaramillo, January 2016

Kensington neighbors living by scrap yards want a future without salvage next door

On Wednesday morning, Shawn Rowe and his wife were crossing East Silver Street in Kensington with their 3-year-old daughter and their newborn in a stroller. The block, near the intersection of…

    • Vacant property across Lindbergh Blvd from the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge where Korman wants to build 722-units of rental housing.

New path for Eastwick opens up one year after termination of urban-renewal agreement

It’s been one year since the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) gave the Eastwick community and environmental advocates new hope. On a rainy afternoon, two days before Christmas of 2015, the Redevelopment…

    • Don't trash the street. Don't be a pig. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

Philadelphia aiming to achieve zero waste goal by 2035

Imagining a clean Philadelphia is hard, but Mayor Jim Kenney is trying to tackle that challenge. He wants to reduce the 2.5 million tons of waste that the city generated in…

    • Food Recovery Network collecting food for redistribution | courtesy of Antonio Hernandez

Initiative seeks solutions to turn food waste into jobs and revenue

Every year the country spends $218 billion growing, processing and transporting more than 60 million tons of food that’s never eaten, according to ReFED, a collaboration of business, nonprofit, foundation…

    • Vertical farming in South Philadelphia. | courtesy of Metropolis Farm

Advocates pitch vertical farming to a City Council ready to help

Jack Griffin, a former Wall Street executive and founder of Metropolis Farms, knows how to sell. In a 40-minute testimony in front of City Council’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee…

    • Route 47 en route | courtesy of Intersection

47 Stories: Connecting cultural communities via bus

Septa’s Route 47 bus runs the length of the city, from Whitman Plaza in South Philly to Olney in North Philadelphia, connecting immigrant and refugee communities from Asia, Africa, Europe,…

    • An EPA official at the trail opening ceremony commended the city for its greening efforts

Your cousin and new alliances could help save PA’s environment

State officials and environmental stakeholders called for stronger involvement by the environmental community at a packed forum on Thursday night organized by PennFuture to discuss the future of the state’s environment.…

    • A new view | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

City officials say election results won’t change Philly’s sustainability plans

Mayor Jim Kenney said last week’s presidential election results didn’t change the fact that carbon pollutants cause climate change and, because climate change is real, he said, the city relationship to…

    • Letitia House from Girard Avenue, 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Letitia House to become Centennial Parkside CDC’s headquarters

If you are like most Parkside’s residents, you might have wondered what a small two-and-a-half story brick house is doing on top of a hill, across Girard Avenue from the Philadelphia…

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