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    • La Finquita's farmstand in 2014. Whatever didn't sell was donated to the Catholic Worker's daily soup kitchen.

How one urban farm was lost: La Finquita's finale

It started with a lock and a “No Trespassing” sign. They appeared one day on the fence at Lawrence and Master streets, next to a hand-painted sign reading, “La Finquita,” or…

    • 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,…

    • Solarize Philly

Philly introduces affordable route to rooftop solar

Going solar becomes less expensive every year. Through federal and local programs and financing, homeowners might pay for solar installation in eight to 10 years of monthly payments equal to or…

    • An astroturf field and track direct rainwater runoff toward a containment basin in the recently rebuilt Taggart School playground in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Designed for green play, a South Philly schoolyard wins recognition

“It was an empty lot; concrete,” said Irene McKallop. “There wasn’t anything there. It was nothing, it was all cement.” McKallop is not talking about a parking lot. She’s talking about…

    • A mussel gives birth in a Philadelphia lab. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

With nation's first city-owned mussel hatchery, Philly employing bivalves in battle to improve water quality

Freshwater mussels function as nature’s water treatment plants. Each animal can filter up to 600 gallons of water per month. And when working together, they can dramatically clean the water of…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • The Greenworks magazine includes tips for urban farming and soil safety | Ali Mendelson

Why Philly's sustainability czar published a magazine about neighborhood life instead of another boring report on climate change

Words, not numbers, quanitify the impact of 14 months of work on Philadelphia's Greenworks sustainability agenda. Instead of the usual chart-heavy PDF loaded with statistics and metrics, the city has released…

    • Navy Yard

The Navy Yard unveils new addition to Philly's first energy "microgrid"

The Navy Yard can now power itself with a new $11 million natural gas-fired peaker plant designed to keep the growing commercial district lit and live even in emergencies, Hidden City…

    • Refinery Scape | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

With South Philadelphia refinery in bankruptcy proceedings, neighbors see an opportunity for cleaner air

Zalaka Thompson lives less than a mile from the biggest oil refinery on the East Coast. Though the Schuylkill Expressway separates her home from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) crude facility,…

    • Student trainees receive hands-on experience in solar installation under the supervision of practitioners provided by Philadelphia-based company Solar States.

Trump tariff won't hit Philly's growing solar industry, experts say

The tariffs on imported solar panels and cells announced by the Trump’s administration this week doesn't threaten Philadelphia’s incipient solar market, local experts say. Christine Simeone, director of policy and external…

    • Erica Tunnell educates her neighborhoods about environmental threats. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Why Philly isn't giving up the fight for environmental justice

It was a stormy night in Memphis, Tennessee, and Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t feeling very well. He had a slight fever and a sore throat and felt exhausted after the…

    • treetrash

January 2: Not so fast bridge replacement | Carpenter Lane love | 2017 narratives, mapped

Greetings. Welcome to 2018. Roughly 30 percent of the bridges under the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project are "unbuilt after the target date," PMN's Joseph N. DiStefano reports. DiStefano looks…

    • Bridge over the Wissahickon in winter (Credit: Gary Citrone)

As 2017 comes to an end, a look back at Philadelphia’s response to mounting environmental challenges

If everyone keeps their new sustainability resolutions made this year, Philadelphia will be an environmentalist’s dream 15 years from now. In 2017, the city signed a handful of commitments to dramatically…

    • Workers planting trees

Philadelphia gets grant for planting at least 400 extra street trees a year

Philadelphia could be a lot greener. Only 20 percent of the city’s ground is covered by trees, which is below the national average (27 percent) — a little lower than New…

    • Opponents of SEPTA's gas plant gathered at the Catto Memorial outside City Hall arguing the location of the plant was racist.

Health Department authorizes SEPTA natural gas plant in Nicetown

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS) issued a permit allowing SEPTA to move ahead with its proposed natural-gas power plant in Nicetown. Local environmentalists had fought the SEPTA proposal for…

    • Leo Brundage in front of his house in Eastwick.

In Eastwick, belief that flooding during Hurricane Floyd was intentional still muddies the water

Eastwick residents have long endured regular flooding. The Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood is home to the lowest point in the city. The community sits within the federally-designated floodplain. Historically, Eastwick was a…

    • A lone rower cruised under the setting sun

Lacking federal support, rowing community turns to its own to fund much needed dredge

The Schuylkill River needs to be dredged. From the neoclassical Fairmount Water Works down to Route 1’s modernist Twin Bridges, the river bed has been slowly rising, bringing with it a…

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