Lucy and Andrew had been following the renovations of the Bok building, a historic vocational school restored into a creative space for small businesses with a rooftop bar and event space. They were thrilled to be one of the first weddings on the South Philly rooftop terrace with 360-degree views of the city.Read More
You say it’s your Earth Day? It’s my Earth Day, too! Get out of the house this Sunday, April 22, and enjoy any of these events, while pondering a future when there’s an Earth Year, and a Fossil Fuel Day.Read More
Resa and Jillian have rooted themselves in Philadelphia for the past nine years, where they own and operate Pelago, which creates roving Filipino pop-up dinners. They say they have found so much love in the camaraderie of local business owners and their passion for sustainability, and wanted a wedding that reflected both their Filipino heritage and the Philadelphia community.Read More
A few years ago, Tariq Mangum was concerned he wasn’t giving his body the nutrition it needed. “I don’t eat a lot,” Mangum says of his personal diet. “I probably eat two meals a day.” So he started researching ways he could enhance the quality of his diet, finally settling on homemade smoothies to supplement his meals. Eventually, a friend asked if Mangum could make him one. Then another friend. Then another. That’s when he realized he could turn it into something.
Now he’s working on a new venture that he hopes will become the Starbucks of juice.Read More
It’s not often that the words “mud pit” and “arts festival” are uttered in the same breath, unless you live in East Kensington. Then it’s an annual tradition.
Every year since 2006, a few dozen teams—ranging in size from solo operations to 15-person school squads—design and parade quirky floats throughout a neighborhood obstacle course.Read More
More than 80 percent of the world’s flowering plants require a pollinator to reproduce. If we lost just the plants that bees pollinate, we’d risk losing all of the animals that eat those plants, creating a domino effect on the food chain. In fact, a world without bees could struggle to sustain the global human population!
Pollinators FOUND is a celebration of the many ways in which twelve key insects and forces of nature shape our natural world. On Saturday, April 21, from 1-4 p.m., the free event will unveil Awbury Arboretum’s twelve unique ceramic tiles, each depicting a pollinator, crafted by local artist Karen Singer. The family-friendly event will also include a scavenger hunt exploring the grounds to reveal the twelve tiles, a talk on Cross-Pollination: Art, Gardens, and Community, and walking tours led by master gardener and naturalist Nancy Pasquier about the specific pollinators at Awbury.Read More
If the physic garden at Pennsylvania Hospital hadn’t offered me a silent lesson, I might have remained distraught. At 71, I needed a total knee replacement, the surgeon said, mere months after a hip replacement.
“Yes, it’s more painful than hip replacement because the knee has more nerves,” the surgeon replied to my question. “The recovery’s longer.”Read More
You don’t have to be a millionaire to enjoy art. It’s for everyone. Art for the Cash Poor was conceived with that idea in mind, knowing that financial barriers often keep people from even considering buying art.
Started 19 years ago by InLiquid, a Philly-based nonprofit that works to create opportunities for visual artists, Art for the Cash Poor began with 25 artists selling works under $50. Since then, the number of competing arts festivals in the Philadelphia area has multiplied—that’s a good thing—and the springtime event has expanded, eventually finding a home at its longtime space at the Crane Arts building.Read More
In June 2015, the Vatican produced a 184-page papal encyclical calling for all people to take responsibility for caring for the planet on which we live. “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home,” was a clear message that Pope Francis was choosing to refocus the Catholic Church on an issue it had long left unaddressed, and doing so with direct and forceful language. The day the encyclical was released, the pope issued this blunt tweet: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”
For Sister Mary Elizabeth Clark, a longtime and committed voice of environmentalism within the Catholic Church, it was the tweet she’d been waiting a long time to receive.Read More
"Mom,” a red-tailed hawk and Philadelphia’s most-watched bird, napped in a small London plane tree next to Sister Cities Park on a gray winter morning. On the sidewalk below, I joined Christian Hunold, associate professor of political science at Drexel University and a nature photographer. We suspected Mom had already filled her crop with rat meat by the time we found her. Carolyn Sutton, one of the most dedicated members of Philadelphia’s hawkwatching community, had run off to track down Mom’s paramour, a younger fellow named T4 (“T” for “tiercel,” the proper term for a male hawk). She found him a few blocks away ripping into another unlucky rat. Just another morning for an urban hawk family.
If you spend much time in Philadelphia, you have probably seen Mom, T4 or another of our urban red-tailed hawks. If not, now that you’ve read this, you will start seeing them everywhere: perched on rooftops, cruising over the road you’re driving on, swooping down to grab a squirrel while you eat lunch on a park bench. You’ll hear them too.Read More
In 2005, Judith Robinson was fed up with the litter and illegal dumping plaguing her North Philadelphia neighborhood. A real estate broker and grandmother of two, Robinson refused to accept the status quo of garbage-filled lots, and she took her concerns to community meetings—as well as into her own hands.
First, she noticed groups of teenagers hanging around near her office, so she offered them money out of her own pocket to clean up areas along the major commercial corridor of Susquehanna Avenue.Read More
Delaware River City Corporation, the organization tasked with implementing the 11 miles of trails that will connect Port Richmond and Torresdale via the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway, will now be known as the Riverfront North Partnership, with the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway renamed as Riverfront North.
The change comes as longtime executive director Tom Branigan announces his retirement; he was the first executive director of the Riverfront North Partnership in 2011. In the time since Branigan began as executive director, Riverfront North has significantly furthered its goal of “transforming once neglected post-industrial landscapes into usable community space,” coming to encompass not only a network of trails but also facilities for aquatics, sports, historical attractions, lookout points, museums and plenty of opportunities to explore nature. A detailed, interactive map that pinpoints these areas is available through Riverfront North Partnership’s newly relaunched website.Read More
Check any biology textbook for an example of evolution through natural selection, and you’re pretty much guaranteed to read about the finches of the Galapagos Islands. Some have smaller beaks ideal for eating insects. Others have sturdier beaks that crack seeds. As Charles Darwin realized when he visited the Galapagos, all are descended from colonists that then evolved based on local conditions.
It took Darwin a five-year trip around the world on the H.M.S. Beagle to start thinking about evolution. Today, though, he might have started in a city closer to home. And instead of Galapagos finches, how about urban pigeons?Read More
The past and the future are calling Judy Wicks.
First, on April 13th, she’s going to attend a statewide rally in Harrisburg against pipelines, fracking and “the greed and ignorance that impedes clean energy alternatives.”Read More
On Wednesday, April 11, The Sustainability Nexus hosts the second installment of the Urban Regeneration Forum. This free session, which also doubles as a part of Temple University's Campus Sustainability Week, focuses on the theme “Resiliency.”
The term “resilience” has become commonly used in regards to sustainability and as a response to climate change – how do we greater fortify our infrastructure and housing in the face of environmental threats? But this event seeks to look through the lens of regenerative development and design, which doesn’t just sustain infrastructure against potential danger, but thrives and strengthens it as it adapts to disruption.Read More
Is working toward world peace and pursuing personal happiness possible? Can we transcend the social angst that eats away at our contemporary society? Sometimes you need to ask the big questions. Devamrita Swami, the director of Mantra Lounge meditation studio, will be in town next week lecturing on these critical topics and connecting the dots between economy, sustainability, and spirituality.
Devamrita Swami is a monk in the Krishna tradition. Born in New York City, he also spent a few years at Central Philadelphia High School before becoming a scholarship student at Yale University. His books include “Hiding in Unnatural Happiness” and "Searching for Vedic India”, among others. He is the director of Mantra Lounge (mantraphilly.com), a charitable meditation studio in Philadelphia, and also the director of Gita Nagari Farm Sanctuary (gnecofarm.org), a 350-acre farm situated in scenic Port Royal, Pennsylvania. His pioneering work of building a farm-to-city connection brings to Philly a working model for sustainable living and spiritual thinking.Read More
Does seeing litter make you a little crazy? Us too! That’s why we recommend the Swedish trend of plogging, which involves picking up litter while running. Thanks to our friends Clean Air Council, Not in Philly, Pennsylvania Resources Council, and West Philly Runners, there will be a series of plogging events from April 9-15.
Plogging not only creates awareness around the effects of litter on our neighborhoods and environment, it also adds a boost to your regular running routine as you squat, bend and lift for added cardio movement while helping to clean up the city.Read More
Grid's guide to the best April festivals in the greater Philadelphia area.Read More
As is too often the case in Philadelphia, when a project takes one step forward, someone, somewhere, decides to bring it two steps back.
That one step forward happened for bicycling infrastructure last summer, when Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell introduced an ordinance that would allow for a protected bike lane along 11 blocks of Chestnut Street, between 45th and 34th streets.Read More
Everyone knows “the media is the message,” but as the second annual Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival expands in size and scope, we’re reminded that the message—naturally—is also the message.
“Some documentaries can go on and on and on, often repeating things,” says PHEFF Artistic Director Alexandra Drobac Diagne as she excitedly describes this year’s shortest film. “So, to see someone condense it down to a 30-second nutshell is like, ‘Bingo! You win.’”Read More