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All posts tagged: Green Infrastructure



Want One of These Beauties? We WOODn’t Wait!

Friday, June 1, 2018  |  Brian Rademaekers

If you’ve been considering getting a wood downspout planter for your home through Philadelphia’s Rain Check program, now is the time to act! Beginning on July 1, 2018, the participant cost for the wood downspout planter will increase

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Mural, Pocket Park Being Celebrated Earth Day Weekend

Friday, April 20, 2018

Last summer, we joined artist Paul Santoleri and Roxborough and residents for a community painting event that laid the foundation for Watershed, the mural that now overlooks the neighborhood’s newest community green space–Roxborough Pocket Park. Just in time for Earth Day weekend, Santoleri’s work is finished and will be celebrated with a dedication ceremony at 1 p.m. this Saturday, April 21st.

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We’re Wild About ‘Wonders of Water’: Come See PWD at the Flower Show!

Friday, March 9, 2018  |  Brian Rademaekers

Over here at the Philadelphia Water Department, there’s no shortage of people who proudly wear the “water geek” badge, and we’ve also got more than a few proponents of all things green and growing. So, you can imagine our delight after learning that the theme of the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show would be Wonders of Water.

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Coming up: Join Us to Discuss Ideas for Growing Private Green Infrastructure

Friday, December 29, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

We recently issued an official "Request for Information," or RFI, supporting the City's efforts to grow the footprint of green stormwater infrastructure on private and non-City property. To help answer any questions and provide more details about why we issued this RFI, we're hosting an information session on January 10, 2018.

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New 'Quiz,' Website to Jumpstart Your Discounted 2018 Green Home Upgrade

Monday, December 11, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Rain Check—our program best known for providing City residents with free rain barrels—is entering its sixth year with a new website designed to encourage more home landscaping projects that protect local waterways. By visiting the new Rain Check site, residents can now get a jumpstart on sustainable projects in the new year by discovering the best green upgrade for their property...

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1,000 Greened Acres (So Far): It Took a City

Monday, October 30, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

As we've seen over the last six years, to really transform Philadelphia's landscape on a scale that's big enough to have a real impact on our rivers, it takes more than just Water Department crews and contractors building rain gardens. In fact, it takes a whole city working together, not to mention supportive partners...

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Get a Preview of Germantown's Greener Future at October Happy Hollow Open House

Friday, September 22, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

The Philadelphia Water Department is hosting an open house event for residents and community groups interested in learning about dozens of green stormwater projects planned for construction in the Germantown neighborhood in the coming years. A part of the City's 25-year Green City, Clean Waters program, the projects are currently in the planning and design stage...

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Sneak Peek: Cobbs Creek Oral History Project + Virtual Walking Tour

Friday, August 4, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Starting in 2015, the Philadelphia Water Department's Public Engagement team began recording conversations with members of the Cobbs Creek community. The goal? To better understand how people feel about Cobbs Creek—one of Philadelphia's seven major watersheds—and what they want to see for the neighborhood, the park, and the stream. You can get a sneak peek...

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CHOP Gets Recognition for Leading with River-Protecting Green Design

Tuesday, July 25, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

When leadership at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia decided to create a brand-new, centralized facility for pediatric care, their primary concern was easing the stress young patients and their families often face while undergoing treatment. Today, that vision is recognized at the 12-story Buerger Center, a colorful University City building that opened in 2015...

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Thursday: Point Breeze Residents to Build New Features for Lot Project

Tuesday, June 27, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Following a successful June 10 community cleanup with Point Breeze neighbors that targeted a vacant lot at Point Breeze Avenue and Mifflin Street, we're heading back to the space this Thursday for a special event with Philly's Public Workshop. Residents are invited to join this collaborative “community build”...

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With help from Residents, Point Breeze Vacant Lot Is Becoming a River-Protecting Green Space

Thursday, June 22, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Members of the Philadelphia Water Department's Public Engagement team joined the local non-profit Diversified Community Services and area block captains on June 10 to clean the publicly-owned lot at Point Breeze Avenue and Mifflin Street—the future home of a rain garden that will soak up stormwater and bring regular maintenance to the site through Philadelphia's Green City, Clean Waters program.

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Infrastructure Week 2017: Our Time to Build

Monday, May 15, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

May 15-19 is Infrastructure Week 2017, and the Philadelphia Water Department is joining fellow utilities, cities, organizations and businesses around the country to highlight the importance of investing in infrastructure. Infrastructure is what makes our communities work. It's the investments we make together to make life better...

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Adopters Welcome New Green to Roxborough

Monday, April 10, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

The members of the Friends of Upper Roxborough Reservoir Preserve seen here held a cleanup and planted wildflower meadow seed mix at a green stormwater swale located along Summit Avenue in Roxborough. The group maintains the site with support from a mini-grant provided through our Soak It Up Adoption program...

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Philly's Latest Green Schoolyard Project Breaks Ground in Fishtown

Wednesday, February 22, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

On Tuesday, February 21, the Philadelphia Water Department joined a broad group of partners, including Fishtown residents, parents, teachers and students from the Adaire School community, City departments, the School District of Philadelphia, the William Penn Foundation and the nonprofit Trust for Public Land to break ground on Philadelphia's latest green schoolyard project.

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PPD Project Would Protect and Serve... Philly's Rivers

Monday, February 20, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

At the Philadelphia Water Department, we're always looking for ways to team up with sister departments like Parks and Recreation, Streets, the Dept. of Public Property and non-profits to build new Green City, Clean Waters tools that manage stormwater on public property...

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Pssst: Tips for the 2017 Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest

Thursday, February 16, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

Philly students: Do you care about protecting our drinking water and aquatic wildlife? Have artistic talent? Want to win prizes for yourself, your teachers and your school? The 2017 Green City, Clean Waters Art Contest is now underway, and the deadline for submissions has just been extended!

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Don't Be a Member of the Lonely Yards Club: Start Planning a Rain Check Project This February

Thursday, February 2, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

For those Philly residents feeling the winter blues, Punxsutawney Phil didn't exactly bring hope and relief when he popped out of his den on Ground Hog Day and decided we're in for six more weeks of cold weather. But, before you resign and decide to join ol' Phil in another month-and-half of hibernation, let us offer you an optimistic antidote...

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RSVP Now to Join 10,000 Friends in Honoring Green City, Clean Waters

Monday, January 16, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

The Philadelphia Water Department is thrilled to receive the 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania's Excellence in Public Infrastructure Award in recognition of the success of the Green City, Clean Waters program. Commissioner Debra A. McCarty will accept the honor at the 2016 Commonwealth Awards...

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Nominations Wanted: 2017 'Excellence in GSI Awards'

Wednesday, January 4, 2017  |  Brian Rademaekers

What projects and people are making an impact on green stormwater infrastructure in our region? Last year saw the first-ever Excellence in GSI Awards, an effort by the Sustainable Business Network's Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) Partners to answer that question and highlight the best in local green stormwater projects and the people making them happen...

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