Reality Check: Philly Leaders, Act on Illegal Dumping

It’s a crisis akin to violent crime that the City and state have ignored for far too long, says WURD’s midday host, responding to a Citizen story this week about real steps being made in Houston.

By Charles D. Ellison

Ideas We Should Steal: Get the DOJ to Investigate Illegal Dumping

An ongoing federal investigation into illegal dumping in poor, majority Black neighborhoods in Houston is already cleaning things up. Could it happen in Philadelphia?

By Nick Russo

Ideas We Should Steal: Decarbonize All The Buildings

Ithaca, New York is on track to become the first city in the nation to transition all of its buildings from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, reducing their carbon emissions by 400,000 tons per year. Can we do it in Philly too?

By Courtney DuChene

The Road to Global Sustainability Runs Through Cities

Drexel’s Metro Finance director was a keynote speaker at the first ever meeting of G7 urban leaders. Here, his calls to action for creating livable, growing, global cities

By Bruce Katz

Michael E. Mann is Coming For Your Climate Doomism

One of the most famous — and famously attacked — climatologists in America is now the founding director of Penn’s new climate change institute. He has a few things to say to those who doubt we can still save the earth

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Glitter’s Glow Up

Morgan Berman’s street cleaning startup company is working better than ever. The City, which once declined to fund the “unproven pilot,” now faces proof: It works.

By Nick Russo

How to End the Endless Fuss Over FDR Park

The plan for Philadelphia’s largest neighborhood park has prompted a contentious fight, South Philly style. Could the answer be as simple as a walk in the park?

By Lauren McCutcheon

Business for Good: Re Vision Architecture

A pioneer B Corp in Philadelphia’s sustainable design scene doesn’t just reduce, reuse and recycle: They listen to clients to create buildings that last because they’re loved

By Courtney DuChene