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    • May 1 flood damage, Photo courtesy of Fairmount Water Works
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Fairmount Water Works still recovering from May 1 flood

The rainstorm that flooded the Schuylkill Banks, left passengers stranded on the roof of a SEPTA bus and forced the grade-level CSX pedestrian crossing at Locust Street to close, also…

    • The reconfigured and reconstructed west branch of Indian Creek, Photo courtesy of PWD
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City "daylights" first creek, restoring it from sewer to stream

Beneath Philly’s streets lies approximately 3,000 miles of sewers - both manmade channels and creeks that were capped and incorporated into the sewer system as the city developed. Now, thanks to…

    • Today the Stanton schoolyard doubles as a parking lot
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Greening Stanton eyes stormwater management funds

In times of crippling, low school budgets, some of the most available funding for schoolyards now comes from the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), thanks to its stormwater management grants. In South…

    • Grays Ferry Crescent, now the southern most portion of the Schuylkill River Trail will soon lead into Bartram's Mile

William Penn uses trails to build Delaware River constituency

The William Penn Foundation made a splash this month when it announced a multi-year commitment to spend $35 million aimed at protecting the Delaware River watershed as a critical source of…

    • Two of the YouthBuild students help Andrew Palewski position one of the original porch columns | YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter
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TEDxPhiladelphia: The new classroom of the world

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can also join us for a …

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department
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TEDxPhiladelphia: Workshopping green stormwater infrastructure

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and for the next few days we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can…

    • The Thursday farmers' market returned to Clark Park this week
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New, simplified rules for farmers' markets

Philadelphia has 65 farmers' markets, and the city wants to encourage even more. New changes to the City’s Code could do just that. Last week City Council approved changes that eliminate…

    • Zac Sivertsen, Sue Pringle, Megan Frink and Harum Ulmer pack dirt around one of the seven trees planted on Sept. 10.
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Spring tree tending tips

This winter business has gone on just about long enough. We’ve got our sights set on spring, and to get ready, we talked with Philly Tree People’s Dina Richman about…

    • Stormwater tree trench at Shissler Rec Center

Green Streets Design Manual makes street "greening" transparent, accessible

With all of the slush, snow, salt and grime, it may be hard to imagine Philly’s streets as anything other than gray, but the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and the Philadelphia…

    • Friends of Wissahickon cleanup
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Volunteers clean and green Northwest Philly woods

Volunteers took to the woods and streams of Northwest Philly yesterday to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service by cleaning and greening.  The Friends of Carpenter's Woods and neighbors…

    • Wissahickon Valley Park
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More than $1 million floods Wissahickon Valley Park

More than one million people trek into Wissahickon Valley Park each year. That’s a lot for a park that was never designed to handle that level of traffic. Luckily, four recent…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department
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Three schools to get green stormwater makeovers

As the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) looks ahead to the new year, one thing they will continue to work on is bringing stormwater management infrastructure to schools across the city. Over…

    • Tree trash
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Treecycle: How to get rid of last year's Christmas tree

Ready to start the New Year fresh? Before you toss out that 2013 Christmas tree, know that the Streets Department does not recycle trees left on the curb. If you want…

    • Wissahickon East Project
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Neighbors clean newly secured East Mount Airy parkland

Just before the first snowfall of the season, volunteers gathered in East Mount Airy to clean six acres of former farm land that, after years of neighbor-developer conflict, the city has…

    • Philadelphia Solar Schools Initiative
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Solar schools initiative working to put 5,000 solar panels on 20 schools

Philadelphia Solar Schools Initiative (PSSI) wants to use solar energy and solar energy education to brighten the future of 20 Philadelphia public schools and nearly 1,000 students. Next year PSSI, which…

    • Kensington Community Food Co-op at sculpture gym
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Kensington Community Food Co-op makes membership push, negotiates lease

The Kensington Community Food Co-op (KCFC) is in the midst of taking two exciting steps forward. At the same time that KCFC is negotiating a lease for a brick-and-mortar store location,…

    • Berridge Bus Shop - not quite tall enough for double-deckers

SEPTA's green garage achieves environmental certification

I’m willing to bet that SEPTA’s Berridge Bus Shop in North Philly is one of the cleanest garages in the city, and thanks to environmental certification that the shop recently received,…

    • The current playground equipment at 37th and Mt. Vernon streets in Mantua. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
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Renovations planned for Mantua playground

By the summer of 2015, the corner of 37th and Mount Vernon streets in Mantua will have a revamped and greened playground thanks to a partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation…

    • The project emphasizes green building technology and green living amenities
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reNewbold development breaks ground at 16th and Moore

In Newbold, a new name for a section of an old neighborhood, what's new is progress on reNewbold, a sustainable housing development coming to 16th and Moore streets. Yesterday John…

    • Northern Liberties litter
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Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association creates litter report form

Like many Philadelphia neighborhoods, Northern Liberties has always had to work to control its litter problem. In the past few years, though, Northern Liberties has become more of a destination neighborhood,…

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