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Building Green in Philadelphia

2010 August 5
Video: Building Green in Philadelphia

Check out this 11-minute video highlighting innovative efforts by green builders in the City of Philadelphia who are helping to protect and restore environmental quality and beautify the city.

By installing cisterns, green roofs, porous pavers, solar panels, and Energy Star appliances, the builders are capturing rainwater, reducing stormwater runoff, and saving energy.

In the video, “Building Green: A Success Story in Philadelphia,” Howard Neukrug, director of Philadelphia Water Department’s Office of Watersheds, explains the importance of green stormwater infrastructure. The city is now offering incentives to builders and developers to use green techniques to help meet clean water and other environmental goals.

One of the main objectives is to slow down, spread out and soak in rainwater before it has a chance to surge into the sewer system and harm local waterways.

What do you think of the video? Let us know your thoughts.

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  1. November 15, 2010

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  3. January 11, 2011

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  4. January 12, 2011

    Kudos for the great article. I am glad I have taken the time to learn this.

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  5. February 6, 2012

    Going green is the way of the future, paving Adelaide landscapes is the green choice. Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia, known as the driest State in the driest continent. We need to be conscious of water usage so most of the locals are removing lawns and replacing with either paving or artificial lawns requiring no water. Paver’s that are porous and let the water through are excellent for the ground underneath. We all need to be water wise.

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