How hard is it to get a recycling bin in Philly?

In the latest installment of our Mystery Shopper column, a local student test-drove how easy, or not, it is to take the first step towards recycling.

How to Start a Garden in the City

Gardening experts share practical advice on how to start a garden when you live in a city—whether you have a small patio, rooftop deck or just a sunny windowsill

By Katherine Rapin

Yet Another Aimless Litter Task Force

We already know how to do street cleaning, Philly 3.0’s engagement director notes. So why can’t Mayor Kenney just make it happen already?

By Jon Geeting

50+ ways to help fight climate change

Taking action to protect our planet is the work of our lifetime. Just in time for Earth Day, here are 50+ ways you can actually make an impact.

By Katherine Rapin and Josh Middleton

How to Organize a Street Cleanup

In this installment of The Citizen’s new “How To” series, we talked to @YaFavTrashman for tips on rallying your neighbors to beautify your block

By Nick Fiorellini

Citizen of The Week: Gail Kotel

The local artist is drawing attention to the economic crisis in the restaurant industry and the environmental impact of our disposable culture through her new portrait series on takeout containers

By Christina Griffith

Guest Commentary: Demand Responsible Cleanup at PES

It’s not enough for Hilco to promise it will create an environmentally safe commercial hub on the site of the 2019 South Philly explosion. All of us, a Penn PhD candidate insists, need to make sure it happens

By Helene Langlamet

How Cities Can Fight Climate Change

Drexel’s Metro Finance director talks to Iina Oilinki, the head of Helsinki’s ambitious effort to curb its polluting emissions, about how business and government can work together to save the environment

By Bruce Katz