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Environment & Sustainability

    • Students from Southwest Leadership Academy are escorted home through a maze of debris from nearby auto shops. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Southwest Philly battles life in an auto zone

Amanda Dobbs’ brick house wasn’t always surrounded by piles of junked cars. The Southwest Philadelphia home, which shares a fence with two auto repair shops, is where she grew up. The…

    • Terry Williams standing in one of Eastwick's polluted, urban renewal tracts.  (Credit:Troubled Waters project)

Philadelphia seeks to heal old Eastwick wound with a ‘village in the city’

More than 60 years after a failed urban renewal project in Eastwick displaced 8,636 people for development that never happened, city officials have released final recommendations to turn the resulting vacant…

    • Luis Martinez holds a chicken that he has been nursing in a community garden in Kensington. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Backyard farmers support Philadelphia bill to legalize undercover chicken coops

A rooster gives a hearty crow as Luis Martinez fixes his motorcycle in his backyard on a Friday afternoon. Across the street, a few more chickens hang out, forming a ragtag…

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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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