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Love Your Park Week

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and the Fairmount Park Conservancy will devote an entire week to celebrating parks in Philadelphia during the 4th Annual LOVE Your Park Week from May 9 – 16, 2015. LOVE Your Park Week is a celebration of Philadelphia’s diverse parks featuring eight days of service projects, fun events, educational programs, family activities, and more.

LOVE Your Park Week kicks off on Saturday, May 9, when PP&R, the Conservancy, LOVE Your Park sponsors, and hundreds of volunteers from dozens of neighborhood park stewardship groups host the LOVE Your Park Service Day at more than 80 neighborhood parks from 9am-12pm.

Meet Stinky the Skunk and Zimmy the Mink

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Come visit Upper Schuylkill Valley Park on Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 10:00am and meet Stinky the skunk and Zimmy the mink, the resident mammals who reside in the Schuylkill Wilds exhibit at the park.

Upper Schuylkill Valley Park is located on Route 113 in Royersford, PA.

This program is for children ages 3-7. There is a $4.00 per child suggested donation. Pre-registration is required.

For further information about this program please call 610-948-5170.

Green Philadelphia

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Philadelphia, June 20, 2014 – Mayor Michael A. Nutter and the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability released theGreenworks Philadelphia 2014 Progress Report, which highlights a range of successes, including tripling the number of greened acres that capture the first inch of rainwater before it enters the City’s sewer network in the last year, from 102 in 2012 to 323 in 2013.

“With the leadership and collaborative work of City staff, community partners and elected officials, Philadelphia has seen gains in all five of the Greenworks target areas,” said Mayor Nutter. “The pace and scale of implementation continues to grow, demonstrating that support for sustainability efforts is only getting stronger. Our Administration will continue to work to reach our goal of becoming the greenest city in America.”

The report outlines the status of work on 15 measureable targets in five topic areas: energy, environment, equity, economy, and engagement. Five years into the six-year implementation timeline, work on 160 of the 164 initiatives is either complete or underway. In 2013, Philadelphia surpassed its goal for improved air quality for the first time since Greenworks was released and showed an 8% decrease in citywide greenhouse gas emissions since 2006.

Other results include:

* More than 100 new food access sites, including farmers markets and businesses participating in the Healthy Corner Stores Network, have been established across the city. This exceeds the originalGreenworks goal of 86 new sites.
* For the second consecutive year, Philadelphia exceeded the Greenworks 70% waste diversion goal. Nearly all municipal solid waste is diverted from landfills through waste-to-energy and recycling programs.
* Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s TreePhilly program has planted 100,000 trees since 2009.

“Annual reporting is a core function of our office and allows us to regularly share sustainability-related information with the public,” said Katherine Gajewski, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. “One great benefit of tracking data on a yearly basis is that we are able to identify interesting and informative trends. We know and can document, for example, that weather patterns are a very influential driver of energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and air quality. Having information like this helps us to target our work and make better decisions.”

Major initiatives planned for 2014-2015 include the launch of Philadelphia Bike Share program and the development of the City’s climate adaptation plan.