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    • 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…

    • Jenny Chen points out the dead side of her garden.

Wrong side of the tracks: Belmont residents concerned Amtrak sprayed herbicides into their backyards

It was mid-August when Jenny Chen and her fianceé Brian Jordan first noticed their backyard garden turning brown. Over the last two summers, the couple grew flowers, herbs, tomatoes, squashes, and…

    • Danaje Elliott, on the right, was one of 18 students that completed the training this summer.

Philadelphia works to bring solar energy costs down to earth

Anthony LoCicero, a 33-year-old structural engineer raised in South Jersey, has been flirting with the idea of installing solar panels on his three-bedroom brick townhouse in South Philadelphia since he bought…

    • Schuylkill River flooding, May 2014 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Harvey-level damage probably won’t happen in Philadelphia, but intense flooding already does

The heart-wrenching scenes from Houston’s devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have started a national discussion about flood control and water management. Experts and city authorities say it’s unlikely…

    • Veolia plant at Christian Street from the Schuylkill River

Trump’s proposed cuts to EPA could cost Philadelphia millions, report finds

President Donald Trump’s plan to cut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 30 percent would put Pennsylvania residents and economy at great risk, according to an Environmental Defense Fund…

    • Community members, activists, academics and politicians rallied on Tuesday to demand for local action against climate change

Philadelphians rally to protect limits on power plants carbon emissions

Almost two years ago, on August 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency set carbon dioxide emission limits for new fossil fuel-fired power plants for the first time. Plant emissions represent about…

    • The plan recommends giving away lidded recycling bins to prevent trash flying on windy days

Pathway to greener pastures: Philadelphia presents plan for a litter-free city by 2035

It may be hard to imagine, but if Philadelphia succeeds in implementing its new and comprehensive Zero Waste and Litter Plan, the city’s infamous nickname Filthadelphia may be completely obsolete in…

    • Staying cool in a changing climate workshop in North Philadelphia.

Climate change’s impacts on health are not new, but the Health Department’s response is

It wasn’t too difficult for the crowd of around 40 seniors gathered at the McPherson Public Library in Kensington on Wednesday to get into the right mindset for the evening’s discussion:…

    • Food waste disposer

City explores ways to transform commercial food waste into renewable energy

Everytime you throw scraps of vegetables or leftover food into your garbage disposal, the organic matter gets liquefied and transported through Philadelphia’s sewage system to water pollution control plants, where they’re…

    • Water main replacement at S. Carlisle St. in South Philadelphia

Neighbors in River Wards convene panel of experts over lead poisoning concerns

Concerned by recent reports on the dangers of lead poisoning from contaminated soil, dust, and old plumbing, residents in Fishtown and Kensington organized a panel of experts to discuss ways of…

    • Manuel Ortiz said he was not notified of the water main replacement happening in his block in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s building boom gives rise to another hidden lead risk

About five years ago, doctors found high levels of lead in the blood on Manuel Ortiz’s oldest son. Ortiz and his wife were scared. And surprised: Manuel Jr. acted like a…

    • Lead Awareness Philly Campaign workshop in West Philadelphia.

Things to know about lead in water

Ed. Note: Our environmental reporter, Catalina Jaramillo, investigated the Philadelphia Water Department's efforts to notify residents about the risk of lead in their water supply. PlanPhilly compiled the information below for…

    • Big crowd for PennEnvironment's Climate on tap event with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey | Evil Genius Beer Co.

Climate change could skunk your beer, environmentalists warn

Sipping a cold beer on a hot summer day, you might not think about how climate change can hurt your favorite fermented beverage. PennEnvironment’s Adam Garber thinks you should. “What we…

    • Cobbs Creek Parkway flooding, April 2014 | AP

StateImpact PA: How one Philadelphia neighborhood battles rising tides

Joining dozens of communities across the country Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Wednesday he has committed the city to the goal of using 100 percent clean energy. It’s part of a…

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