Saturday January 27th saw over a hundred South Philadelphia residents attend this event at Furness High. Several state representatives and City Councilman DiCicco were among the forum panelists. The leadership of Pennsort Civic, Whitman Council, Passyunk Square, Dickinson’s Narrow, Bella Vista, Northern Liberties and EPX attended. Continue reading

Thursday, January 25th saw 80 people from several South Philly community groups gather at the Palumbo’s Community Center to hear about current efforts underway to make recycling easier and more widely adopted in our neighborhoods.

RecycleNOW representative and volunteer co-ordinator Maurice Sampson talked about the steps needed to have weekly single-stream recycling become a reality in our city and especially in our neighborhoods. (Single-stream recycling means all paper, glass, plastic, and organic would be collected at curbside.) Pilot projects for Chestnut Hill and West Oak Lane have seen 90% recycling rates versus the average 5% of the remainder of the city without this sort of recycling pickup service.

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A hearing to renew NPDES (National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems) permits from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) was held at Fels Family Center on 1/23. Some 40 people, including representatives from PWD and PA Dept of Environmental Protection and a dozen neighbors, were present. Continue reading

Do you like to mess around in dirt? Ever gotten a thrill out of seeing things sprout and bloom? Simply curious about how the heck Philly street trees can survive amidst all the concrete and pollution, or frankly skeptical about how it’s possible to for trees to earn you and your neighbors money?

You may have heard the phrase “tree tenders” thrown about by the Clean & Green folks and may be wondering what exactly that means. If you’re curious about how street trees survive and thrive in our urban jungle, and are interested in becoming involved in city-wide efforts to green things up, then the Tree Tenders Course run by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society may be the thing for you.

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On Tuesday, January 23rd at 7pm in the Fels South Philadelphia Family Center (2407 South Broad Street) the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is holding a public hearing regarding the proposed reauthorization of the Philadelphia Water Department’s (PWD) Clean Water Act pollution permit.

Please come to the meeting to ask DEP to address some of these issues, and let your friends, family and neighbors know to get the word out. Continue reading