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Environment & Sustainability

    • Workers examine a sinkhole in Kensington. (Bobby Allyn/WHYY)

Sinkholes, another byproduct of Philly's aging infrastructure

James Stuckey is a deliveryman at Franco's Pizza at the corner of Tulip and East Huntingdon Streets in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood. Here's how he described the giant fissure that spontaneously spread…

    • Grays Ferry buffer / Ashley Hahn

Keystone Crossroads: When it comes to buffer areas around streams, advocates say size matters

A few years ago, when Philadelphia was on the homestretch of rewriting its zoning code, there was a brief kerfuffle over one of the rules that was under debate. The rule…

    • One of the remaining stone piers of the Stotesbury Gateway sustained considerable damage from a car crash months after the masonry was repointed. (Jana Shea/for Newsworks)

City grant to enable completion of Lincoln Drive gateway project

The final phase of an ongoing effort to restore a historic gateway on the border of Mt. Airy is set to commence thanks to modest funding from the city. A $15,000…

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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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