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    • RNG Energy's Heartland anaerobic digester project in Colorado | Courtesy of RNG Energy

Mixed reviews for a proposed $120M renewable-energy plant at South Philly refinery

Making energy out of trash has great environmental appeal. Yet last week’s announcement that a commercial biogas plant is planned for 22 acres at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery complex in…

    • Louis J. Gambaccini died on Aug. 19.

Transportation community mourns Louis J. Gambaccini, a SEPTA legend and founder of NJ Transit

Louis J. Gambaccini, a former general manager of SEPTA and the first chairman of New Jersey Transit's board, died at his home in Skillman, N.J., on Aug. 19. He was 87 years old.…

    • Roofer Rob Nolfi applies a reflective topping on a rehabbed roof in North Philadelphia. Cool roofs help keep temperatures down when the city heats up. (Irina Zhorov/The Pulse)

A hotter topic: Building heat resilience into multifamily housing

Summers are getting hotter in Philadelphia. The average daily temperature in the eastern half of Pennsylvania has risen about two degrees Fahrenheit in the last three decades. Since May, the city…

    • Tony Guido explains features of a composting vessel he helped build for  a Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council design competition.

To vanquish food waste, a competition aims to design and compost

To the uninitiated, it sounds simple enough: Design a cheap, urban-friendly composting device that works at a neighborhood scale — something bigger than a backyard composting bin, but smaller than a commercial system…

    • Gregorio Pac Cojulun (left), and Dan Schupsky, an outreach specialist, stroll along one of the new sidewalks.

Rain, rain flows away, no longer puddles at Malcolm X Park

As happens on many blocks around the city, heavy rains used to turn the southeast corner of Malcolm X Memorial Park in West Philadelphia into a deep puddle. Water flowed down…

    • Interface Studio's Scott Page presenting the feasibility study.

A community-based public-land study comes to an end, and trust is rebuilt in Eastwick

Healing wounds and recovering trust are not easy things to do. Yet that’s what Eastwick residents and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, in coordination with other city agencies, set out to accomplish…

    • Ana Marrero, Milagros Soto, and Pablo Cuevas catching a cool breeze on the stoop of their home in Hunting Park.

Exploring ways to cool down neighborhoods vulnerable to the heat

It was 85 degrees Monday afternoon in Hunting Park. Milagros Soto and Pablo Cuevas were sitting on their stoop, catching a breeze. "The heat is too hot,” said Soto, 36, who…

    • plastics in stormwater drain

Looking to cut plastics pollution in the ocean? Start upstream

While beach towns in New Jersey and Delaware work to curb the use of plastic straws, bags, containers, and even balloons, researchers say it appears the real problem lies upstream, in…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney signs the building new code into law Thursday. It will take effect in October. (Tom MacDonald, WHYY)

Philly OKs building code to modernize construction, address climate change

The City of Philadelphia has officially adopted a new building code in an effort to modernize construction and address more severe weather associated with climate change. The city is one of…

    • Abner Stolztfus's Cedar Dream dairy farm in Peach Bottom, Lancaster County

From dump-bound to table: Philabundance turns surplus milk into cheese and yogurt for hungry Philadelphians

On a beautiful sunny day recently in south Lancaster County, farmer Abner Stolztfus and seven of his eight children were inside, bottling yogurt in a room next to the barn. “The…

    • Kelly O'Day, who's become a

One man's solution to the Logan Triangle's illegal-dumping crisis

On a recent rainy Thursday, Kelly O’Day, a retired environmental engineer and Mount Airy resident, drove around the Logan Triangle looking for different kinds of trash. The Triangle, 35 vacant acres…

    • Mayor Kenney toured San Juan neighborhoods with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Mayor Kenney returns from Puerto Rico disappointed by the federal government’s work

On his first official visit to Puerto Rico, Mayor Jim Kenney was impressed by island residents’ resiliency and strength. “There's a confidence that they have, and a decency that they have,…

    • A temporary No Parking sign says street work is schedule from 1/10/18 to T.B.D.

Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains

On the 2300 block of South Mole Street, a temporary “No Parking” sign is stapled to a telephone poll, banning cars during street work scheduled between “1/10/18” and “T.B.D.” As in,…

    • Brothers at Wister Playground | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Philly gains ground in national park ranking

Philadelphia’s park system has bumped up two places, to 30th, in a national ranking of the 100 largest U.S. cities, reflecting good distribution of facilities around the city, strong volunteerism, and…

    • La Finquita farm stand, Summer 2014 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

City failing to deliver on community garden promises

Community gardening is a labor of love and patience. On scraps of reclaimed vacant land scattered across Philadelphia, people of all incomes and hues work hard during the growing season knowing…

    • Dr. Hall measuring lead levels with a portable x-ray fluorescence machine that detects lead levels in solids.

New map shows lead's poisonous path

Lead-based paint poisons more Philadelphians than any other source of the toxic metal, according to Philadelphia Health Department. But kids and adults can also ingest the dangerous substance through dirt, dust…

    • Environmental organizations symbolically delivered 20,000 public comments to EPA in support of the clean water rule.

Pennsylvania environmental activists submit 20,000 comments on proposed changes to EPA’s clean water rule

A coalition of Philadelphian environmental organizations hand-delivered more than 20,000 public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Philadelphia office last week, all in support of the Water of the…

    • The Dirt Factory community composting facility in University City | Ryan Collerd

Composting in Philadelphia: Where we are and where we are going

Philadelphia has set a goal to become a Zero Waste city by 2035. Throughout 2017, PlanPhilly will report on ways the city is working toward that goal by looking at the…

    • Rowhouses in Point Breeze
Eyes on the Street

Design Advocacy Group gets funding to focus on rowhouse preservation

For years Philadelphia has tried to build its way out of our affordable housing problem through new construction. But a smarter solution may be right under our noses: Rowhouse preservation. The…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department

New water department grant program targeting stormwater management on commercial sites may create new type of Philly business

A rain garden. Photo courtesy PWD. As part of a continuing effort to convince commercial property owners to delay the rain that falls on their property from entering an overwhelmed sewer…

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