In the News

  • Jared Brey
    Plan Philly, October 21, 2011
    The Zoning Code Commission's final report on reforming the zoning code in Philadelphia must be before City Council within 30 days. Council passed a resolution Thursday officially sending recommendations to the ZCC, the third-to-last step on the charter-mandated timeline for zoning reform.The resolution was passed along with an appendix carrying 40 proposed amendments to the Commission's...
  • Joseph Myers
    South Philly Review, October 20, 2011
    The amphibious philosopher Kermit the Frog lamented “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” Though referring to his skin, he could have been alluding to environmental upkeep. Since last winter, students at two area community centers have been proving the latter need not pose any difficulty.Set to begin its fourth cohort Monday, the Neighborhood Green Job Readiness Partnership — through state and federal...
  • Staff
    Federation of neighborhood centers, October 20, 2011
    The Urban Sustainability Leadership Academy (USLA) is an after school program for high school students whose primary goal is to create life-long learners who have the character, knowledge, skills and desire to continually cultivate what is best within themselves, their communities and the world at large.USLA includes three interdependent components: 1) learning modules, 2) social entrepreneurial...
  • John Quigly
    PennFuture Blog, October 20, 2011
         Pledge to Protect Parks TodayThe first statewide poll by the nonpartisan Mercyhurst College Center for Applied Politics (MCAP), taken between September 19 and October 7, has found that a clear majority - 57 percent - of Pennsylvanians oppose ANY drilling for natural gas in state forests, and that two thirds of Pennsylvanians - 67 percent - oppose drilling within state...
  • Taunya English
    NewsWorks, October 20, 2011
    At the farm garden beside Martin Luther King High School in Northwest Philadelphia, yellow flowers on the okra plants are still blooming, but it's about time to pull up this summer's tomato plants.The tour with community farm coordinator Chris Bolden-Newsome includes a survey of the peppers, collard greens and onions. Bolden-Newsome is from Greenville, Miss. His parents, Rufus and Demalda, are...
  • Courtney Abrams
    Environment America release, October 20, 2011
    The United States has more than 100,000 people employed by the solar industry, according to new data released by Environment America today. This represents a 6.8 percent growth in solar jobs since last year. The new data comes from an annual report by The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar education and research organization, which quantifies current employment and projected growth of the solar...
  • Hattie Cheek and Grace Dickinson
    NewsWorks, October 20, 2011
    Four months ago, brothers Benjamin and Robert Bynum opened up Green Soul cafe at 7169 Ogontz Avenue.  Rather than serving the Southern comfort food cooked up at their restaurant Relish, just across the street, Green Soul caters to those who want healthy options on the go."Today, the trends towards healthier eating are certainly important," Robert Bynum said. "In this community in particular...
  • Sue Spolan
    Plan Philly, October 20, 2011
    If you want to know how young Philly's doing, let me sum it up for you: smart and good looking. From the highest reaches of government right down to our youngest up and comers, there's never been a more attractive bunch of people in charge.The second annual State of Young Philly, convened by the all-volunteer Young Involved Philadelphia for a two-week run, was a series of six events designed to...
  • Joe Petrucci
    Flying Kite, October 20, 2011
    Shop-a-holics with finer tastes are used to extravagant unveilings of new products or fashions at the King of Prussia Mall in Montgomery County. On Friday, the largest shopping mall on the East Coast hosted a different kind of unveiling. Local politicians and mall officials were on hand at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for four new electric vehicle charging stations at the mall. The stations will...
  • Sue Spolan
    Flying Kite, October 20, 2011
    Buying and eating local is easy during the summer months, when produce is literally falling off the back of farm trucks. It's a different story after the ground freezes over, but a new company has launched to address that seasonal shortfall and provide sustainably grown fruit and vegetables -- from farm to freezer."It's not easy to eat food grown closer to home year round," says Winter Sun Farms...