Recycled Materials Sculpture Exhibit

Wed., April 1 through Sept. 27. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Patrick Dougherty Grand Opening

Sat., April 4. 10 a.m

BUILDPhilly Coalition Mayoral Forum 

Wed., April 8. 7:30 to 10 a.m.






Entries in environment (52)


Meet the Candidates-Jim Kenney

by Heather Shayne Blakeslee 


His Story:

Kenney was born in South Philadelphia and raised by a firefighter and homemaker. He got his first union card at 17, and went on to get a degree from La Salle University, becoming the first person in his family to go to college. He’s served in City Council since 1991, and as a self-proclaimed progressive, his causes have included rights for the LGBTQ community, decriminalizing marijuana and fashioning a broader immigration policy for the City. He’s been the chair of several committees in Council, including the Committee on the Environment. He resigned from his seat to run for mayor. His campaign website is the only one that lists the environment as a platform issue and he believes that, “If Philadelphians come together, we can make quality public schools, safer streets and living-wage jobs a reality in every neighborhood.” 

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Meet the Mayoral Candidates-Lynne Abraham

by Heather Shayne Blakeslee


Her Story:

Abraham’s bio has a lot of firsts. She’s the daughter of first-generation Americans who lived “on the edges of poverty,” and was the first in her family to go to college; she got a degree from Temple University and went on to Temple Law School. She is the first woman to be elected to the Municipal Court, and if she’s elected this year, she’d be Philadelphia’s first female mayor. She’s worked at the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, as a judge in Court of Common Pleas, ran the City’s 600-person law office, and was the City’s District Attorney for 19 years. She touts her independence from powerful interests with the campaign message, “Nobody’s mayor but yours.” 

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The Progress That’s at Stake

Political progress has been made, but much work remains

Eight years ago, the new crop of mayoral candidates were like sustainability seedlings, just beginning to poke their soft green heads above the soil and move toward the light.

There were some unintended moments of comedy along the way. During a candidate forum, one of the candidates purported to be a fan of “alterior energy,” and wondered aloud how a green roof would be mowed. The current class of mayoral contenders, and the City itself, has come a long way since our collective awakening, in large part due to the leadership of the Nutter administration.


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Nature of the Brew

The Sly Fox Brewing Company creates a special beer
to benefit the Schuylkill River Trail

Southeastern Pennsylvanians who love nothing more than enjoying a cold, local beer in the great outdoors needn’t look further than Sly Fox Brewing Company of Pottstown to satisfy their thirst. In April, the brewery will release a new craft beer inspired by and benefitting the Schuylkill River Trail.

A portion of the sales of SRT Ale, a “hop-forward American Pale Ale” best for post-activity consumption because of its 4.7 percent alcohol by volume level, will go toward improvement projects on the trail it represents. The Schuylkill River Trail (SRT), which stretches from Pottsville to Philadelphia, is a multi-recreational series of trails along the Schuylkill River. Currently, the Schuylkill River National and State Heritage Area is looking to further expand SRT trail routes in addition to keeping up with regular maintenance. The donations from SRT Ale figure to be a big help. 

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Resistance Futile?

Emerald ash borer beetles target ash trees, like this one at Fairmount Park’s Smith Playground. | Photo by Christian Hunold

Tiny green beetles are coming to kill our ash trees

You might expect something as scary as the emerald ash borer to be much larger than it is. The shiny green beetles from East Asia top out at about a centimeter, but they’re enough to bring down an 80-foot ash tree as their populations explode.

“Once they show up, the trees in an area just start to crash really rapidly because they get so overwhelmed,” says Curtis Helm, Project Manager in Philadelphia Parks and Recreation’s Urban Forestry and Ecosystem Management unit.

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