Celebrate Earth Day with the Philadelphia Science Festival

Celebrate Earth Day with the Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia’s action-packed Science Festival kicks off today with two full weeks of environmentally-themed activities. Check out the full list of green events below:   Sat. April 20- Science Carnival- Over 100 exhibitors will flood the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for a day full of delicious food and entertaining scientific discussions. Eco-booths...
Green Schools Campaign Teaches Both Student and Teacher

Green Schools Campaign Teaches Both Student and Teacher

Expensive environmentally friendly technologies may be the booming market of the future, but for schools with little money to spare, programs that take years to show cost benefit are often unattainable. Even with the finances to remodel an energy efficient school, building solar panels or a better insulated structure does...
Drexel Smart House

Drexel Smart House

There are many barriers to living green. New sustainable technologies can be prohibitively expensive, difficult to use, or simply unavailable. The Drexel Smart House in Philadelphia is trying to overcome these obstacles, with the help of little more than the power of young, creative minds. Located in Powelton Village in...
The Dirt on West Philadelphia's Newest Green Scene

The Dirt on West Philadelphia’s Newest Green Scene

By converting normally bagged-and-forgotten organic trash into compost, West Philadelphia’s The Dirt Factory is giving fresh meaning to the phrase “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Located in a University City District that is already known as a leader in innovative ideas, this community composting center is just that....
Local Organization Teaches Food Sovereignty

Local Organization Teaches Food Sovereignty

Food sovereignty is a phrase that has become very popular in Philadelphia lately. The term refers to a citizen’s right to define their own agriculture. In our urban area this means the community should have control of their food system and be self-reliant. One group in West Philadelphia, the Community...
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Temple Works Out a New High: Eco-friendly Gym Now on Campus

Temple Works Out a New High: Eco-friendly Gym Now on Campus

by Amber Clay Most gyms are unimpressive. A cluster of cardio equipment here, a group of sweaty guys over there, and a few exercise balls rolling along in the middle. Now with its new eco-friendly approach, Temple University has broken free from the average mold. On Nov. 12 a new fitness center opened in Pearson-McGonigle...
Feeding Sustainable Communities

Feeding Sustainable Communities

In the environmental community, efficiency is a term typically associated only with energy, but thanks to a pair of zealous farmers in Philadelphia, the word has taken on a fresh new meaning. Working off of two small plots of land in Kensington and Northwest Philadelphia, Joel Valentin and Bill Shick have learned how to feed...
Greening and Cleaning the Nation's Transportation Infrastructure

Greening and Cleaning the Nation’s Transportation Infrastructure

In the canon of United States history, few innovations are praised with as much fervor and gratitude as is the railroad.  Its contribution in spurring the industrial revolution is pounded into the minds of every social studies student in the country and its effect on the lives of the American populace is romanticized in every...
Earth Day Extravaganza Scavenger Hunt

Earth Day Extravaganza Scavenger Hunt

On April 11th Temple University students celebrated Earth Day with a campus wide scavenger hunt, featuring an array of environmentally friendly activities.  To see pictures from the event and learn more about the student organizations on campus who are working to make Temple more sustainable, click on this link.
A Second Life to Trash: The Wilmington Organic Recycling Center

A Second Life to Trash: The Wilmington Organic Recycling Center

  The sound of his heavy, excited breaths can be heard before his lumbering body rounds the corner.  Like a miniature horse he gallops into view, thick globs of mud spraying from his dirtied coat.  Like a magnet he is drawn to the visitors and their unsuspectingly clean clothing.  And like the composting facility in...
The Winds Of Change: Alternative Energy in PA

The Winds Of Change: Alternative Energy in PA

In the depths of Pennsylvania lies a new energy production hotspot, but it is not a coal mine or a natural gas well.  Located on the mountains of the Poconos is the Bear Creek wind farm, capable of generating 75 million kilowatt hours of electricity each year .  However, Bear Creek is not alone.  Seventeen...
Philly Phlyer Rides into Philadelphia

Philly Phlyer Rides into Philadelphia

  Bicyclists come in many shapes and sizes.  They are hipsters with rolled up pant legs, girls with cute wicker baskets attached to their vintage Schwinns, professors in suits and ties juggling briefcases full of papers, and athletes in spandex shorts. On any given day this hodge-podge group of cyclists can be found gliding across...
Building an Energy Efficient Pennsylvania

Building an Energy Efficient Pennsylvania

One thing is for certain, the world of today is certainly not the world of a few decades ago. Just a little over 40 years in the past, in 1970, there were no cell phones, ipads, home computers, internet browsers or text messages.  Instead of a DVR in every room, there was the release of...
Temple Professor Researches Unique Water Treatment Techniques

Temple Professor Researches Unique Water Treatment Techniques

Americans use a lot of water.  In fact, the average family of four living in the United States uses 400 gallons of water per day, compared with the 5 gallons used by the average African family. Although water might appear to be abundant and free in this country, a lot of effort and money goes...
RAIR Creates Treasures From Trash

RAIR Creates Treasures From Trash

For years recycling has suffered from a bit of an image problem.  For many people sorting trash simply isn’t sexy enough.  In Philadelphia however, a group of artists are changing that, one toilet seat tricycle and plastic bottle sculpture at a time. Recycled Artists in Residency or RAIR is a nonprofit organization that connects artists...
Urban Farms Grow Gourmet Chocolates

Urban Farms Grow Gourmet Chocolates

The inside of a box of John and Kira’s chocolates reads like a world map.  Coffee from Mexico, lavender from California, bergamot from Sri Lanka, honey from Pennsylvania, ginger from Hawaii, and mint from Philadelphia.  That’s because for John and Kira Doyle, it’s not enough to simply create a good tasting piece of chocolate.  They...
Urban Roots Tells the Story of a City's Renewal

Urban Roots Tells the Story of a City’s Renewal

His name is Tommy Spaghetti and he is a chicken farmer and a bee keeper.  He spends his time tending to his chickens and harvesting honey from his bees.  But Tommy Spaghetti doesn’t operate on a farm in the middle of Iowa or Kansas.  He lives in Detroit, Michigan and does all of his business...