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Planning for a Sustainable, Environmentally Just, and Climate-Ready Philadelphia

Seminar Leader:
Christina Rosan


Nicknamed Filthadelphia, the city’s urban environment faced enormous challenges and presented numerous opportunities, particularly when we planned for climate. The course explored Philadelphia’s urban environment, the past, the present, and the future. We examined Philadelphia’s history, planning, policies, politics, and technologies around urban agriculture, green stormwater infrastructure, the urban heat island, solar and renewable energy, vacant land management, air pollution, water, trash, environmental justice, climate mitigation, and climate change planning. The course also introduced new technologies for civic environmental monitoring and engagement such as low-cost air pollution monitoring and other environmental sensing, storytelling, and mapping technologies.

Unit TitleAuthor


How Do We Envision A More Sustainable And Just Philadelphia?

Dr. Joe Alberti
Keywords: fossil fuels, sustainability, solar energy, Renewable and Non-renewable Energy, Air Pollution

Building an Environmentally Equitable Community One School at Time

Tia Graves
Keywords: green stormwater infrastructure, Equity, Mitigation, Climate Justice/Racism, environmental justice, Environmental Racism, Urban Heat Island Adaptation, Sea Level Rise, resilience

Where Does All the Water Go?

John Daniel Hartzog
Keywords: Green Infrastructure, global warming, sustainability, Urban Landscape, water cycle

Climate Justice and Jurassic Park

Renae Curless
Keywords: High School, Jurassic Park, environmentalism, climate justice, ELA, English, Michael Crichton, science fiction, climate change

The Power of Sustainability: Growing Climate Problem Solvers

Anna Herman
Keywords: Wicked Problem, food security, food systems, food waste, climate change, climate optimism, sustainability, urban agriculture, urban foodshed

Environmental Justice in Philadelphia

Deborah Wei
Keywords: community organizing, Environmental Racism, environmental justice, stakeholders, Philadelphia refineries, power analysis, racism

Natural Tendencies

Maya Bhagat
Keywords: Lenape, sustainability, Philadelphia, Place-based

Sustainability is the Name of the Game!

Alima McKnight
Keywords: game based theory, gamification, digital native, climate change, elementary, engagement, motivation, solution, sustainability, pollution