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Best Stories of 2014: Sustainability

Philadelphia is on its way to becoming a leader in sustainability--here's some of our stories from 2014 that best represent the sustainability ecosystem in our city.

Everyday Sustainability: Backyard Chickens, Composting and Sustainability

In one of Nic Esposito's most interesting Sustainability for the Everyday columns, he explains how encouraging citizen to grow their own food and keep backyard chickens could alleviate the strain on our resources such as fossil fuel and farmland.
Photo Courtesy of Nic Esposito

greenSTEM Network Connects Students to the Environment via Technology

The greenSTEM Network shows how sustainability and education can intersect. The program helps connect youth to the environment by giving students in Philadelphia-area schools the ability to monitor data from gardens, green roofs, and various types of green stormwater infrastructure.
Image courtesy of greenSTEM

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful Releases Community Beautification Resource Guide

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful (a local branch of Keep America Beautiful) released its new Community Beautification Resource Guide in November--and the guide includes everything from city and nonprofit resources to event planning tips. The best part? It will be updated on a regular basis with new information.
Photo Courtesy of Keep Philadelphia Beautiful

Photos: Greensgrow Farms Moves West, Aims to Engage Community

Kensington's popular Greensgrow Farms expanded to West Philadelphia in early April this year with the openning of the Greensgrow West garden center on the 4900-block of Baltimore Avenue. The garden center also includes a weekly farmer's market and CSA. This article also contains great photos taken of the new farm by Albert Yee.
Photo by Albert Yee

The Clean Air Council Climate Tracker Will Track Pollution in Real Time

What's the value of a tree in Philadelphia? How much pollution does it help to mitigate? The Clean Air Council Climate Tracker aims to answer all of these questions.
Photo courtesy of Clean Air Tracker

The Sustainable Business Network Calls for a Permanent Mayor's Office of Sustainability

City initiatives focused on the issue of sustainability may seem like the norm in Philadelphia, but this focus is in large part due to the Mayor's Office of Sustainability, which wasn't a permanent office back in May 2014 when this article was written. The office was successfully voted to become one this past November. Check out our coverage of the 2014 Greenworks Progress Report, too.
Photo via Mayor’s Office of Sustainability