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11 For 2011: PWD's Solar Array

Thursday, December 29, 2011  |  MFritch

In April, the City of Philadelphia unveiled its first solar photovoltaic system (above), located at PWD's Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant....

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11 For 2011: Percy Street Porous Paving

Tuesday, December 27, 2011  |  MFritch

In June, the city's first porous street debuted in South Philadelphia. The 800 block of Percy Street is just six feet wide, but the replacement of traditional impervious asphalt with a porous surface has already had a big impact:...

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11 For 2011: Hunting Park Tree Trenches and Planters

Monday, December 26, 2011  |  None

PWD's Watersheds blog closes out the year with a list of 11 green missions accomplished in 2011, from innovative stormwater management projects and stream restorations to groundbreaking policy agreements and energy-generating solar arrays....

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11 For 2011: Green Roof Bus Shelter

Sunday, December 25, 2011  |  None

Merry Christmas—and remember that good things come in small packages. Such is the case for PWD's green roof bus shelter demonstration project at 15th and Market streets....

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11 For 2011: Queen Lane Bumpouts

Friday, December 23, 2011  |  MFritch

Philadelphia's first stormwater bumpouts debuted this summer on Queen Lane in East Falls. Stormwater bumpouts are just one of PWD's green stormwater infrastructure tools to reduce runoff and prevent combined sewer overflows into our rivers and streams....

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11 For 2011: Venice Island Groundbreaking

Thursday, December 22, 2011  |  MFritch

On Nov. 1, city officials broke ground on Venice Island in Manayunk, the site of a $46 million project whose main component is a large underground storage basin that will prevent stormwater runoff from entering the Schuylkill River....

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Harvard Crimson Meets Philadelphia Green

Wednesday, December 14, 2011  |  MFritch

Earlier this month, Harvard's Graduate School of Design hosted "The Philadelphia Story: Planning, Politics and Reality," a panel discussion led by Loeb fellow and Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron....

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