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    • lydia adorno and her children brian and diane at their new apartment in north philadelphia original 2

One year after Hurricane Maria, Philly a model for recovery

On Monday night, Lydia Adorno was cooking pasta with her two adult kids in their two-story Philadelphia row house. Unpacked boxes and suitcases laid on the floor and new mattresses stand…

    • City officials hope Philly will be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050. Rooftop solar panels, pictured here, will help the city reach its goal.

Philadelphia signs new climate action agenda

Philadelphia sustainability czar Christine Knapp flew to San Francisco on Wednesday to reenlist the city in the international war on climate change. Philly will join other cities from around the world…

    • Friends Hospital land preserved | Courtesy of Natural Lands

Public now welcome to stroll 50 acres along Tacony Creek in Northeast Philly

Northeast Philadelphia residents have a new green area to enjoy. Natural Lands, a conservation group, invested $500,000 to create a conservation easement that preserves 49 acres of the Friends Hospital property,…

    • RNG Energy's Heartland anaerobic digester project in Colorado | Courtesy of RNG Energy

Mixed reviews for a proposed $120M renewable-energy plant at South Philly refinery

Making energy out of trash has great environmental appeal. Yet last week’s announcement that a commercial biogas plant is planned for 22 acres at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex in…

    • Philadelphia is actively helping rebuilt Puerto Rico. In the picture, man retouching Puerto Rican flag in Norris Square Park.

End of temporary FEMA housing for Puerto Rican evacuees won’t be catastrophic in Philly

When Charlie Pérez and wife Daisy Rivera Pérez arrived in Philadelphia with their three teenage daughters last December, leaving behind their two sons and everything they knew, they felt completely disoriented. Hurricane…

    • Swimmers cool off in the Devil’s Pool in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Swimming in the Wissahickon isn't so idyllic: There’s poop in it.

On a summer day, taking a dip in the creek at Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park might seem like a really good idea. The stream is surrounded by birches, sycamores and poplars,…

    • Roofer Rob Nolfi applies a reflective topping on a rehabbed roof in North Philadelphia. Cool roofs help keep temperatures down when the city heats up. (Irina Zhorov/The Pulse)

A hotter topic: Building heat resilience into multifamily housing

Summers are getting hotter in Philadelphia. The average daily temperature in the eastern half of Pennsylvania has risen about two degrees Fahrenheit in the last three decades. Since May, the city…

    • Interface Studio's Scott Page presenting the feasibility study.

A community-based public-land study comes to an end, and trust is rebuilt in Eastwick

Healing wounds and recovering trust are not easy things to do. Yet that’s what Eastwick residents and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, in coordination with other city agencies, set out to accomplish…

    • Ana Marrero, Milagros Soto, and Pablo Cuevas catching a cool breeze on the stoop of their home in Hunting Park.

Exploring ways to cool down neighborhoods vulnerable to the heat

It was 85 degrees Monday afternoon in Hunting Park. Milagros Soto and Pablo Cuevas were sitting on their stoop, catching a breeze. "The heat is too hot,” said Soto, 36, who…

    • plastics in stormwater drain

Looking to cut plastics pollution in the ocean? Start upstream

While beach towns in New Jersey and Delaware work to curb the use of plastic straws, bags, containers, and even balloons, researchers say it appears the real problem lies upstream, in…

    • Abner Stolztfus's Cedar Dream dairy farm in Peach Bottom, Lancaster County

From dump-bound to table: Philabundance turns surplus milk into cheese and yogurt for hungry Philadelphians

On a beautiful sunny day recently in south Lancaster County, farmer Abner Stolztfus and seven of his eight children were inside, bottling yogurt in a room next to the barn. “The…

    • The former Pepper Middle School, closed in 2013 because of flooding issues.

Eastwick feasibility study recommends tearing down brutalist icon Pepper Middle School, residents say

It wasn’t really unexpected. For more than a year, Eastwick residents have been listening to experts say that the former George Wharton Pepper Middle School, on 84th Street between Mario Lanza…

    • Kelly O'Day, who's become a

One man's solution to the Logan Triangle's illegal-dumping crisis

On a recent rainy Thursday, Kelly O’Day, a retired environmental engineer and Mount Airy resident, drove around the Logan Triangle looking for different kinds of trash. The Triangle, 35 vacant acres…

    • Mayor Kenney toured San Juan neighborhoods with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Mayor Kenney returns from Puerto Rico disappointed by the federal government’s work

On his first official visit to Puerto Rico, Mayor Jim Kenney was impressed by island residents’ resiliency and strength. “There's a confidence that they have, and a decency that they have,…

    • City officials hope Philly will be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050. Rooftop solar panels, pictured here, will help the city reach its goal.

Philly introduces affordable route to rooftop solar

Going solar becomes less expensive every year. Through federal and local programs and financing, homeowners might pay for solar installation in eight to 10 years of monthly payments equal to or…

    • An astroturf field and track direct rainwater runoff toward a containment basin in the recently rebuilt Taggart School playground in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Designed for green play, a South Philly schoolyard wins recognition

“It was an empty lot; concrete,” said Irene McKallop. “There wasn’t anything there. It was nothing, it was all cement.” McKallop is not talking about a parking lot. She’s talking about…

    • Luis Angel Chaparro Crespo, 16, watches the trains go by from the window of his North Philadelphia apartment. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

For Maria evacuees, a stable address is the first step out of crisis

The Chaparro Crespo family have been through a lot in the past seven months. Hurricane Maria left their town of San Sebastian, located in Puerto Rico's northwest region, without power and…

    • Linton Rawls, 80, lives across the street from the empty lot where Temple wants to build a community center.

As some neighbors fight Temple's move into residential North Philly, others just want to know more

The change happens suddenly on the walk north along 13th Street towards Temple University,  Without much warning, you’ve landed in the middle of a dense, busy and somehow stressful environment. There’s…

    • A mussel gives birth in a Philadelphia lab. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

With nation's first city-owned mussel hatchery, Philly employing bivalves in battle to improve water quality

Freshwater mussels function as nature’s water treatment plants. Each animal can filter up to 600 gallons of water per month. And when working together, they can dramatically clean the water of…

    • An energy-efficient building in the Navy Yard.

Coming soon to a building near you: an energy upgrade your wallet and the planet will like

Philadelphia's building code is set to receive an update expected to reduce energy bills and shrink the city's carbon footprint.  On Thursday, the  Council’s Licenses & Inspections committee gave the green…

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