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Environment & Sustainability

    • 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…

    • 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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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

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