URBAN ECOLOGY BLOG

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September 18, 2020

"What even is consumerism?" a woman thinks to herself as she walks around a crowded mall, searching for the perfect pair of shoes to accompany her other "perfect shoes," sitting unworn at her home. Well, consumerism is a social and economic order which encourages the a...

September 14, 2020

    Among the many changes brought about by the coronavirus, one of the major issues faced by cities was trash removal, specifically the programs associated with recycling.

    All across America, the Covid pandemic has forced recycling and reusable or secondhand g...

July 28, 2020

Humans have been consuming meat for as long as we can remember. Initially, meat consumed raw, and about 200,000 years ago, the first hearths were used.  Meat was an essential component of diets up until the Agricultural Revolution when wheat and rice began to be massiv...

July 24, 2020

A New Angle on the Triangle

“Give yourselves a hand,” said Sandra Harmon, with great enthusiasm. Sandra is the Data and Outreach Coordinator for the Nicetown Community Development Corporation. She is also a resident of Logan. Her words were in praise of a gardening proj...

July 20, 2020

Raising butterflies and moths from home can be a fun project! All you have to do is find a caterpillar or butterfly eggs, and you can get started! 

Step 1 - Tools you will need :

If raising the caterpillars indoors, you will need a small box or enclosure, depending on ho...

June 26, 2020

What is sustainability?

Sustainability can be defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. 

So what does this mean exactly?

This means that as a society, humans are running out of time. We are exce...

    LandHealth’s native plant nursery re-builds natural and human habitat in Philadelphia

Part of LandHealth’s mission is to introduce people in our region to the pleasures and benefits of using native plants in landscaping. Our native plant nursery in Parkside, We...

June 1, 2020

What is Composting?


Composting is a great, cheap alternative to buying fertilizers and soil for your garden. It is rich in organic material, which creates exceptionally healthy soil, improving root development, and providing food for microorganisms. It takes scraps and...

May 22, 2020

Our native plant nursery, PhilaFlora, is a major part of LandHealth’s mission to “put nature back.”  Our greenhouses and beds sit on formerly unused land in Parkside, West Philadelphia. For a long part of its history this land was the site of Pennsylvania Railroad yard...

May 15, 2020

Air Pollution

Due to the many varying factors surrounding COVID-19, there have been significant reductions in air pollution and CO2 emissions. In the United States alone, there has been around 40% less domestic air travel, along with up to a 50% decrease in traffic and...

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