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Environment & Sustainability

    • Phil Forsyth takes visitors on a tour of the orchard surrounding Woodford Mansion, where apple, peach, persimmon and other fruit-bearing trees can be found. (Kriston Jae Bethel for WHYY)

A rainy 2018 yielded soggy fall harvest, Philly growers say

2018 has been one of the wettest years on record for Philadelphia. So far, the city has been under more than 50 inches of precipitation. That’s 14 more than the average.…

    • City officials hope Philly will be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050. Rooftop solar panels, pictured here, will help the city reach its goal.

Philadelphia signs new climate action agenda

Philadelphia sustainability czar Christine Knapp flew to San Francisco on Wednesday to reenlist the city in the international war on climate change. Philly will join other cities from around the world…

    • Friends Hospital land preserved | Courtesy of Natural Lands

Public now welcome to stroll 50 acres along Tacony Creek in Northeast Philly

Northeast Philadelphia residents have a new green area to enjoy. Natural Lands, a conservation group, invested $500,000 to create a conservation easement that preserves 49 acres of the Friends Hospital property,…

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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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