• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

April 21-25: Environmental Thinking from Roots to Revolution | Urban sustainability | Land Bank Teach-In | The Woodlands tour | On greenwashing | Gentrification debate

Here's what's on tap this week: 

EXPLORE: Ruth Patrick Symposium Environmental Thinking from Roots to Revolution

Tuesday, April 22, 8am-12:30pm. Academy of Natural Sciences The symposium will explore how Dr. Ruth Patrick pioneered the field of environmental science, and how the field has evolved in the 21st Century. Free, register online.

TALK: Urban Strategies and Innovations for a Sustainable Planet

Tuesday, April 22, 5:30-7:30pm. PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, 201 South 34th Street. How can cities, government, and tech help address environmental priorities? Join PennDesign for an Earth Day conversation with EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin; Sara Mazano-Díaz, GSA Regional Administrator; Colin Enssle, Senior Manager GE Water & Process Technologies; Robert Cheetham, President and CEO of Azavea; and Julie Ulrich, Urban Strategies and Watershed Coordinator at The Nature Conservancy. Penn planning professor John Landis will moderate. Free, register online.

CONVENE: Land Bank Community Teach-In

Tuesday, April 22, 6-8pm. Liberty Resources, 714 Market Street, 5th Floor. The Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land is holding a community event to discuss how to make sure the new Philadelphia Land Bank develops holding true to its goals for equity and transparency. Come discuss how the land bank must support "development without displacement" and discuss how to move forward.Free. Food, drink, childcare provided. RSVP to Jill Feldstein via or call 215-600-1574. 

TOUR: The Woodlands: Old House, New Discoveries

Thursday, April 24, 5:30-8:30pm. The Woodlands, 4000 Woodland Avenue. Get a rare tour of The Woodlands mansion’s service spaces and learn about the workers on William Hamilton’s estate. $5, free for members of The Woodlands.

SEMINAR: Full Transparency in Environmental Product Declarations

Thursday, April 24. 6pm - 8:30pm. Delaware Valley Green Building Council, 2401 Walnut Street, Suite 103. Join DVGBC and Forbo Flooring to talk about “greenwashing” and toxicity. Cost: Non-members $25, Members $20, Students with ID $10.

DEBATE: Crossfire discussion on gentrification

Thursday, April 24, 6-9pm. PECO Energy Hall, 2301 Market Street. The Emerging Leaders of People’s Emergency Center will host a rapid-fire discussion on "gentrification" and urban revitalization as a fundraiser for PEC. Philly Mag’s Brian Howard will moderate panelists, including Michael Cooper (Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation), writer Maya Francis, Penelope Giles (Francisville Neighborhood Development Corporation), John Chin (Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation), and Otis Bullock (Diversified Community Services). $25, register online.


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