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Environment & Sustainability

    • Herb Henschke refills his water bottle at a kiosk near the Fairmount Water Works. | Samantha Maldonado

Drink Tap: Public water kiosks help Philly hydrate on Schuylkill River Trail

It's been nearly three months since the Philadelphia Water Department installed four new, blue water kiosks along the Schuylkill River Drive between the Water Works and East Falls. Each kiosk urges…

    • Mary Seton Corboy | credit: Jennifer Kourkounis

Remembering Greensgrow's Mary Seton Corboy: Grower of food, flowers, neighborhoods

In the pantheon of urban agriculture, few stand taller here than Mary Seton Corboy, founder and Chief Idea Officer of Philadelphia’s Greensgrow, a 19-year old trailblazing urban farm on East…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Updated Greenworks plan for city sustainability targets coming this fall

The city’s sustainability work will take a slightly different approach when the updated Greenworks plan debuts this fall. At an open house Tuesday afternoon, Director of Sustainability Christine Knapp said that…

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ABOUT ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

Sustainable development and sustainability have become important concepts in today’s planning world.  Efforts in this area are based on the recognition that current consumption and living habits may be leading to problems such as the overuse of natural resources, ecosystem destruction, urban heat islands, pollution, growing social inequality and large-scale climate change. The idea of sustainability is new and many question its value because of the tendency of politicians and others to use it as a buzzword without much meaning behind it.  When most people refer to cities that are more sustainable or energy-efficient, they typically refer to such qualities as: compact, efficient land use, less automobile use with better access by foot, transit and bike, efficient resource use, less pollution and waste, the restoration of natural systems, good housing and living environments, a healthy social ecology, sustainable economics, community participation and involvement, and preservation of local culture.  Sustainable design practices are becoming increasingly common in new development projects, but how to modify existing urban and suburban conditions with sustainable considerations remains a challenge.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN ENVIRONMENT & SUSTAINABILITY

  • Sep 13, 2016
  • Oct 20, 2016
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