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Environment & Sustainability

    • Planner David Fecteau discussing zoning changes with Somerset Neighbors for Better Living, January 2017

Scrap yard fight in Kensington won't end with rezoning

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) gave the members of Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL) some good news regarding the future of three scrap yards located north…

    • Vacant property across Lindbergh Blvd from the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge where Korman wants to build 722-units of rental housing.

New path for Eastwick opens up one year after termination of urban-renewal agreement

It’s been one year since the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) gave the Eastwick community and environmental advocates new hope. On a rainy afternoon, two days before Christmas of 2015, the Redevelopment…

    • Don't trash the street. Don't be a pig. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

Philadelphia aiming to achieve zero waste goal by 2035

Imagining a clean Philadelphia is hard, but Mayor Jim Kenney is trying to tackle that challenge. He wants to reduce the 2.5 million tons of waste that the city generated in…

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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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