Energy from the ground up

April 16, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The center will use the ambient temperature of the ground, about 50 degrees, to heat and cool the Quaker-run office complex.”

Source: Energy from the ground up

Technology Smooths the Way for Home Wind-Power Turbines

April 15, 2008

The New York Times reports, “Wind turbines, once used primarily for farms and rural houses far from electrical service, are becoming more common in heavily populated residential areas as homeowners are attracted to ease of use, financial incentives and low environmental effects.”

Source: Technology Smooths the Way for Home Wind-Power Turbines

Philadelphia water said not hazardous

April 15, 2008

The Inquirer reports, “The ‘infinitesimally small amounts’ of pharmaceuticals in Philadelphia’s drinking water should not pose a health hazard, the city’s water commissioner said yesterday, but he acknowledged that the health effects of the drugs remain largely unknown.”

Source: Philadelphia water said not hazardous

Push for urban parkland takes root

April 14, 2008

USA Today reports, “The housing market is tanking, but one kind of real estate is gaining value in major U.S. cities: parkland.”

Source: Push for urban parkland takes root

Phila. cleanup rakes in honors

April 9, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Saturday’s citywide antilitter blitz was “an incredible success,” he said, and now Philadelphia has a new distinction: home of “the largest, single-day, citywide cleanup on record in the United States,” according to Keep America Beautiful, the national campaign formed in 1953.”

Source: Phila. cleanup rakes in honors

Phila. selected for Solar America City program

April 8, 2008

Inhabitat.com reports, “The US Department of Energy (DOE) has selected 12 new Solar America Cities, bringing the number from 13 to 25 in total, and moving along the $2.4 million initiative to provide up to $200,000 per city to build solid solar infrastructures. The announcement came at the New Frontiers in Energy Summit 2008 in Denver, Colorado, which is among the 2008 Solar America Initiative (SAI) cities. The overall program goals are to facilitate adoption of solar technology by individuals and businesses and to make solar electricity from photovoltaics a cost-competitive energy choice by 2015.”

Source: 12 New Solar America Cities Chosen

Sprouting of young gardeners

April 7, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “When Hasan Malik was only 3, his mother watched in amazement as he made a tiny hole in the backyard and plopped a sunflower seed into it. As his Helianthus annuus grew, so did his interest in gardening. Now 17, he’s a leader among the city’s volunteer tree-planters.”

Source: Sprouting of young gardeners

Volunteers take on the trash citywide

April 7, 2008

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports, “Local groups throughout Philadelphia have been organizing cleanup efforts in the city for years, but this Saturday they received a big boost from Mayor Nutter’s new initiative to clean up Philadelphia.”

Source: Volunteers take on the trash citywide

AP investigation finds traces of medicine in Philadelphia water

April 7, 2008

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports, “Last month, the Associated Press reported that traces of pharmaceuticals were found in the nation’s water supply. In the article, investigators in Philadelphia were said to have found 56 different pharmaceuticals or byproducts in the city’s water supply.”

Source: ‘AP’ investigation finds traces of medicine in Philadelphia water

Clean sweep: Nutter marshals forces to tidy up Phila.

April 3, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “Now, as mayor of the city often slammed as ‘Filthydelphia,’ Nutter wants to tap the old-school ethic for what he calls the largest one-day cleanup in the city’s history.”

Source: Clean sweep: Nutter marshals forces to tidy up Phila.

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