PlanPhilly

Environment & Sustainability

    • An energy-efficient building in the Navy Yard.

Coming soon to a building near you: an energy upgrade your wallet and the planet will like

Philadelphia's building code is set to receive an update expected to reduce energy bills and shrink the city's carbon footprint.  On Thursday, the  Council’s Licenses & Inspections committee gave the green…

    • A Philadelphia night cast in LED and traditional streetlamps

LED streetlights are coming to Philadelphia. Will they mess with our sleep?

Walk down a Philadelphia street at night and most likely, you will find the city lit in a warm yellow glow. The familiar cast comes from high-pressure sodium lights — the…

    • 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…

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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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