URBAN ECOLOGY BLOG

July 13, 2018

1. Start Gardening

Gardening offers a wealth of benefits. The hobby has been shown to sooth many physical and mental health issues by providing stress relief and physical activity. Growing your own food means you can ditch the pesticides and health risks of grocery stor...

July 5, 2018

In the summer, getting outside and enjoying nature is great... until you start getting bug bites. Here are 10 aesthetic plants that can repel mosquitos around your home and outdoor spaces. 

1. Citronella

Citronella candles are very popular pest repellants....

May 22, 2018

Permaculture, a term derived from "permanent agriculture," refers to the design and maintenance of productive ecosystems that support sustainability and resilience. Permaculture is all about meeting our daily human needs while being thoughtful about our impact. The pra...

May 9, 2018

You might already know that we rely on the Earth’s ecosystems every day to supply us with clean air, water, food, medicine, climate regulation, recreation, and more. There’s no doubt that preserving pristine natural areas like National Parks is imperative. But why does...

April 20, 2018

Cities are ecosystems of the human habitat, and urban exploration prompts the discovery of this emerging ecosystem. Wherever you find yourself in the city, the land around you is bustling with a complex system of plants, mammals, birds, bugs, and more. Throughout my ow...

March 15, 2018

As urban regions continue to develop, making the best of the spaces in-between is a growing necessity. In shifting cities like Philadelphia, vacant land is a burgeoning opportunity to accomplish this. Philadelphia boasts over 40,000 vacant lots, and stakeholders are wo...

February 18, 2018

Over the past few decades, urbanization has transformed natural land into fragmented hardscapes spotted with harmful lawns and ornamental plants. Our obsession with highly-manicured spaces has destroyed vital natural systems. Fortunately, there is a solution: native pl...

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