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Environment & Sustainability

    • Provident Mutual Life Insurance Buidling, 2014

Block that will host new cop shop, morgue and ME office gets zoning go-ahead

The wheels continue to roll along toward turning the imposing former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building at 4601 Market St. into the new city police headquarters, which will also involve moving the…

    • Germantown Charter School SRC hearing

Germantown makes its pitch for community charter school at former GHS site

In Kelly green T-shirts, they linked hands and prayed for a neighborhood. "Germantown is a place with many seeds that are ready to swell," said Rev. Lorelei Toombs, senior pastor of…

    • CSI: Know Your Neighborhood

Council members show off their new Know Your Neighborhood tool

City Council members met at WHYY on Tuesday night to discuss the Community Sustainability Initiative, a program meant to help Council make sound budget and policy decisions based on neighborhood data.…

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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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