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Grant Brings More Green to Lea School

Monday, April 27, 2015  |  PublicRC

Our work to transform Philadelphia schoolyards into living laboratories composed of rain gardens, porous paving, trees and more is getting a big boost in the form of a $20,000 grant from the TD Green Streets program. The generous funding was awarded for Philadelphia Water’s ongoing Green City, Clean Waters green infrastructure improvements at Henry C. Lea Elementary School at 47th and Locust stree...

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Want a Greener School? PWD and Community Design Collaborative Can Help Guide You!

Friday, April 24, 2015  |  PublicRC

After years of bringing the benefits of green stormwater features to dozens of Philly schools through our Green City, Clean Waters plan, we’re ready to share what we’ve learned with communities here and around the country. The result? Transforming Philadelphia’s Schoolyards, a colorful, 44-page design guide to greening schoolyards made with the help of the Community Design Collaborative and their...

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Philadelphia Water's Early Warning System Getting Praise from High Places

Thursday, April 23, 2015  |  PublicRC

Our Source Water Protection Program at Philadelphia Water does all kinds of important work to ensure the water we drink is safe and protected, from far-off springs in the Catskill and Pocono mountains all the way down to the intakes at our drinking water treatment plants. However, one of the most critical jobs is overseeing the Delaware Valley Early Warning System–a complex network that stretches...

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Earth Day Exhibit Reveals Philly's Trash Problem

Tuesday, April 21, 2015  |  PublicRC

Anyone who’s taken the time to enjoy the many scenic opportunities afforded by Philly’s waterways has had that moment—you’re soaking in the green and sunshine, marveling at the natural beauty of a river or stream cutting through the urban landscape. And then, some ugly piece of litter breaks the mirage, reminding you that you are, indeed, still in a very big city. One with a trash problem....

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Good Conversations, Good Community, Good Water: Big SandBox Lands Knight Grant

Monday, April 20, 2015  |  PublicRC

Our green infrastructure projects are nothing without coordinated partnerships and a healthy dose of organic community input to help them take shape and grow. Now, thanks to a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Cities Challenge grant*, The Big SandBox, one of our green school program partners, will have the means ($149,000 of it!) to make that happen at four Philadelphia schools. The Bi...

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Schuylkill River Spree Under Way, Includes All-New SRT Ale!

Friday, April 17, 2015  |  PublicRC

One of the greatest uses humankind has devised for water is brewing that wonderful elixir known as beer (and ale, pilsner, lager, stout, porter or whatever whets your whistle on a Friday!). And one of PWD’s most important missions is safeguarding our beer water supply by acting in collaboration with other communities and groups as stewards of our wonderful Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers....

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Good Economy Challenge to Candidates Features Green City, Clean Waters

Friday, April 10, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

The Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia (SBN) has stepped into the fray of this year’s city elections to offer up the “Good Economy Challenge” to all of the candidates for mayor and City Council. Highlighting the importance of a sustainable economy, they focus on five policy priorities: small business, procure local, solar homes, social enterprise and... Green City, Clean Waters!...

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Earth Day Ribbon Cutting at Nebinger School

Friday, April 3, 2015  |  Abby.Sullivan

Join Mayor Michael Nutter, US EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin, Councilman Mark Squilla, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent, Dr. William R. Hite Jr., Partnership for the Delaware Estuary Executive Director Jennifer Adkins, Water Commissioner Howard Neukrug and Public Officials as we celebrate a national model for stormwater management and educational programming at George W....

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