1. A FRIDGE FOR EVERYONE WHO’S HUNGRY
  2. OLD SCHOOL FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMY VS. NEW SCHOOL CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY
  3. ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE IS THE TOP SOCIAL JUSTICE PRIORITY
  4. IN 2020, DID “BIG GREEN” BECOME LESS WHITE?
  5. CLIMATE ACTION CAN POWER OUR RECOVERY
  6. IN PANDEMIC, AN HBCU DOES IT BETTER
  7. A DANGEROUS LACK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROTECTIONS
  8. HOW FAST CAN A BIDEN PRESIDENCY MOVE ON CLIMATE ISSUES?
  9. CRAFTING A BLACK-DRIVEN CORONAVIRUS AND CLIMATE “STIMULUS” AGENDA
  10. Penn to donate $100 million to Philadelphia school district to help public school children
  11. BLACK ECOLOGIES IN TIDEWATER VIRGINIA
  12. WHAT IS “FROM THE SOURCE REPORTING?”
  13. LEADERSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
  14. THE ECOWURD SUMMIT LAUNCH
  15. National Geographic Virtual Photo Camp: Earth Stories Aimed to Elevate Indigenous Youth Voices
  16. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2020
  17. TOO MANY NATURAL GAS SPILLS
  18. GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
  19. BLACK VOTERS ARE THE ECO-VOTERS CLIMATE ACTIVISTS ARE LOOKING FOR
  20. CANNABIS PROFIT & BLACK ECONOMY
  21. THE NATURE GAP
  22. BLACK PEOPLE NEED NATURE
  23. WHAT IS TREEPHILLY?
  24. IS AN OBSCURE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE IN HARRISBURG DOING ENOUGH?
  25. AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALISM’S RACIST ROOTS
  26. “THERE’S REALLY A LOT OF QUIET SUFFERING OUT THERE
  27. “WE NEED TO GET INTO THE SUPPLY CHAIN”
  28. “AN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW THAT GIVES YOU A VOICE”
  29. URBAN PLANNING AS A TOOL FOR WHITE SUPREMACY
  30. HEAT WAVES REMIND US CLIMATE CHANGE IS STILL HERE
  31. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land
  32. IN PANDEMIC, MAKING SURE PEOPLE EAT & HOW HBCUs HELP
  33. WE’RE NOT DONE, YET – MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IS NEEDED AT THE PES REFINERY SITE
  34. COVID-19 IS LAYING WASTE TO RECYCLING PROGRAMS
  35. THE PHILADELPHIA HEALTH EQUITY GAPS THAT COVID-19 EXPOSED
  36. THE POWER OF NEW HERBALISM
  37. THERE’S NO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
  38. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit
  39. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit 2020 Press Release
  40. Too Much Food At Farms, Too Little Food At Stores
  41. THE LINK BETWEEN AIR POLLUTION & COVID-19
  42. CORONAVIRUS REVEALS WHY ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IS STILL THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF OUR TIME
  43. FROM KATRINA TO CORONAVIRUS, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
  44. COVID-19 SHOWS A BIGGER IMPACT WHERE BLACK PEOPLE LIVE
  45. THE CORONAVIRUS CONVERSATION HAS GOT TO GET A LOT MORE INCLUSIVE THAN THIS
  46. MEDIA’S CLIMATE CHANGE COVERAGE KEEPS BLACK PEOPLE OUT OF IT
  47. “WE DON’T HAVE A CULTURE OF PREPAREDNESS”
  48. PHILADELPHIA HAS A FOOD ECONOMY
  49. HOW URBAN AGRICULTURE CAN IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY IN U.S. CITIES
  50. MAPPING THE LINK BETWEEN INCARCERATION & FOOD INSECURITY
  51. PHILLY’S JAILS ARE, LITERALLY, MAKING PEOPLE SICK
  52. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2019
  53. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit
  54. “We Can’t Breathe: Zulene Mayfield’s Lifelong War with Waste ‘Managers’”
  55. “Is The Black Press Reporting on Environmental Issues?” by David Love
  56. “The Dangerous Connection Between Climate Change & Food” an interview with Jacqueline Patterson and Adrienne Hollis
  57. “An Oil Refinery Explosion That Was Never Isolated” by Charles Ellison
  58. “Philly Should Be Going ‘Community Solar'” an interview w/ PA Rep. Donna Bullock
  59. “Is The Litter Index Enough?” an interview w/ Nic Esposito
  60. “How Sugarcane Fires in Florida Are Making Black People Sick” an interview w/ Frank Biden
  61. Philly Farm Social – Video and Pictures
  62. #PHILLYFARMSOCIAL GETS REAL IN THE FIELD
  63. THE LACK OF DIVERSE LEADERS IN THE GREEN SPACE Environmental Advocacy Organizations – especially the “Big Green” – Really Need More Black & Brown People in Senior Positions
  64. PLASTIC BAG BANS CAN BACKFIRE … WHEN YOU HAVE OTHER PLASTICS TO CHOOSE FROM
  65. WE REALLY NEED POLITICAL STRATEGISTS LEADING ON CLIMATE CHANGE – NOT ACADEMICS
  66. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS IN A MUCH MORE CLIMATIC WORLD
  67. A SMALL GERMANTOWN NON-PROFIT “TRADES FOR A DIFFERENCE”
  68. IS PHILLY BLAMING ITS TRASH & RECYCLING CRISIS ON BLACK PEOPLE?
  69. BUT WHAT DOES THE GREEN NEW DEAL MEAN FOR BLACK PEOPLE?
  70. HOW GREEN IS PHILLY’S “GREENWORKS” PLAN?
  71. The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy event recap #ecoWURD #phillyisgreen
  72. Bike-friendly cities should be designed for everyone, not just for wealthy white cyclists
  73. RENAMING “GENTRIFICATION”
  74. FOUR GOVERNORS, ONE URBAN WATERSHED IN NEED OF ACTION
  75. JUST HOW BAD IS THE AIR HURTING PHILLY’S BLACK FAMILIES?
  76. EcoWURD Presents:The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy
  77. IF YOU ARE LOW-INCOME OR HOMELESS, THE POLAR VORTEX IS LIKE A FORM OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
  78. NOT JUST FLINT: THE WATER CRISIS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
  79. DO THE TRAINS STOP RUNNING? THE SHUTDOWN’S IMPACT ON MASS TRANSIT
  80. BLACK WOMEN & THE TROUBLE WITH BABY POWDER
  81. A WHITE COLLAR CRIME VICTIMIZING NICETOWN
  82. IN NORTH CAROLINA, CLIMATE CHANGE & VOTER SUPPRESSION WORKED HAND-IN-HAND
  83. LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS WOULD GAIN THE MOST FROM GREEN ROOFS
  84. YOUR OWN HOOD: CLOSING THE GENERATIONAL GREEN DIVIDE IN BLACK PHILADELPHIA
  85. THE PRICE OF WATER: LITERAL & FIGURATIVE THIRST AT WORK
  86. THAT CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT TRUMP DIDN’T WANT YOU TO SEE? YEAH, WELL, IT’S THE LAW
  87. RACIAL & ETHNIC MINORITIES ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO WILDFIRES
  88. NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTTS Philly Has a Cigarette Butt Problem
  89. HOW SUSTAINABLE CAN PHILLY GET?
  90. USING AFROFUTURISM TO BUILD THE KIND OF WORLD YOU WANT
  91. UNCOVERING PHILLY’S HIDDEN TOXIC DANGERS …
  92. WILL THE ENVIRONMENT DRIVE VOTERS TO THE POLLS? (PART I)
  93. ARE PHILLY SCHOOLS READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?
  94. 🎧 SEPTA CREATES A GAS PROBLEM IN NORTH PHILLY
  95. 🎧 BREAKING THE GREEN RETAIL CEILING
  96. That’s Nasty: The Cost of Trash in Philly
  97. 🎧 How Can You Solarize Philly?
  98. 🎧 “The Environment Should Be an Active, Living Experience”
  99. Philly’s Lead Crisis Is Larger Than Flint’s
  100. Despite What You Heard, Black Millennials Do Care About the Environment
  101. Hurricanes Always Hurt Black Folks the Most
  102. Are You Going to Drink That?
  103. The Origins of ecoWURD
  104. We Seriously Need More Black Climate Disaster Films
  105. 🎧 Why Should Philly Care About a Pipeline?
  106. 🎧 Not Just Hotter Days Ahead… Costly Ones Too
  107. Philly’s Big and Dangerous Hot Mess
Sunday, February 28, 2021
  1. A FRIDGE FOR EVERYONE WHO’S HUNGRY
  2. OLD SCHOOL FOSSIL FUEL ECONOMY VS. NEW SCHOOL CLEAN ENERGY ECONOMY
  3. ENVIRONMENTAL INJUSTICE IS THE TOP SOCIAL JUSTICE PRIORITY
  4. IN 2020, DID “BIG GREEN” BECOME LESS WHITE?
  5. CLIMATE ACTION CAN POWER OUR RECOVERY
  6. IN PANDEMIC, AN HBCU DOES IT BETTER
  7. A DANGEROUS LACK OF INFECTIOUS DISEASE PROTECTIONS
  8. HOW FAST CAN A BIDEN PRESIDENCY MOVE ON CLIMATE ISSUES?
  9. CRAFTING A BLACK-DRIVEN CORONAVIRUS AND CLIMATE “STIMULUS” AGENDA
  10. Penn to donate $100 million to Philadelphia school district to help public school children
  11. BLACK ECOLOGIES IN TIDEWATER VIRGINIA
  12. WHAT IS “FROM THE SOURCE REPORTING?”
  13. LEADERSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
  14. THE ECOWURD SUMMIT LAUNCH
  15. National Geographic Virtual Photo Camp: Earth Stories Aimed to Elevate Indigenous Youth Voices
  16. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2020
  17. TOO MANY NATURAL GAS SPILLS
  18. GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK
  19. BLACK VOTERS ARE THE ECO-VOTERS CLIMATE ACTIVISTS ARE LOOKING FOR
  20. CANNABIS PROFIT & BLACK ECONOMY
  21. THE NATURE GAP
  22. BLACK PEOPLE NEED NATURE
  23. WHAT IS TREEPHILLY?
  24. IS AN OBSCURE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE IN HARRISBURG DOING ENOUGH?
  25. AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTALISM’S RACIST ROOTS
  26. “THERE’S REALLY A LOT OF QUIET SUFFERING OUT THERE
  27. “WE NEED TO GET INTO THE SUPPLY CHAIN”
  28. “AN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW THAT GIVES YOU A VOICE”
  29. URBAN PLANNING AS A TOOL FOR WHITE SUPREMACY
  30. HEAT WAVES REMIND US CLIMATE CHANGE IS STILL HERE
  31. Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm’s Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land
  32. IN PANDEMIC, MAKING SURE PEOPLE EAT & HOW HBCUs HELP
  33. WE’RE NOT DONE, YET – MORE ACCOUNTABILITY IS NEEDED AT THE PES REFINERY SITE
  34. COVID-19 IS LAYING WASTE TO RECYCLING PROGRAMS
  35. THE PHILADELPHIA HEALTH EQUITY GAPS THAT COVID-19 EXPOSED
  36. THE POWER OF NEW HERBALISM
  37. THERE’S NO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS
  38. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit
  39. ecoWURD Earth Day Summit 2020 Press Release
  40. Too Much Food At Farms, Too Little Food At Stores
  41. THE LINK BETWEEN AIR POLLUTION & COVID-19
  42. CORONAVIRUS REVEALS WHY ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE IS STILL THE CRITICAL ISSUE OF OUR TIME
  43. FROM KATRINA TO CORONAVIRUS, WHAT HAVE WE LEARNED?
  44. COVID-19 SHOWS A BIGGER IMPACT WHERE BLACK PEOPLE LIVE
  45. THE CORONAVIRUS CONVERSATION HAS GOT TO GET A LOT MORE INCLUSIVE THAN THIS
  46. MEDIA’S CLIMATE CHANGE COVERAGE KEEPS BLACK PEOPLE OUT OF IT
  47. “WE DON’T HAVE A CULTURE OF PREPAREDNESS”
  48. PHILADELPHIA HAS A FOOD ECONOMY
  49. HOW URBAN AGRICULTURE CAN IMPROVE FOOD SECURITY IN U.S. CITIES
  50. MAPPING THE LINK BETWEEN INCARCERATION & FOOD INSECURITY
  51. PHILLY’S JAILS ARE, LITERALLY, MAKING PEOPLE SICK
  52. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit 2019
  53. ecoWURD Environmental Justice Summit
  54. “We Can’t Breathe: Zulene Mayfield’s Lifelong War with Waste ‘Managers’”
  55. “Is The Black Press Reporting on Environmental Issues?” by David Love
  56. “The Dangerous Connection Between Climate Change & Food” an interview with Jacqueline Patterson and Adrienne Hollis
  57. “An Oil Refinery Explosion That Was Never Isolated” by Charles Ellison
  58. “Philly Should Be Going ‘Community Solar'” an interview w/ PA Rep. Donna Bullock
  59. “Is The Litter Index Enough?” an interview w/ Nic Esposito
  60. “How Sugarcane Fires in Florida Are Making Black People Sick” an interview w/ Frank Biden
  61. Philly Farm Social – Video and Pictures
  62. #PHILLYFARMSOCIAL GETS REAL IN THE FIELD
  63. THE LACK OF DIVERSE LEADERS IN THE GREEN SPACE Environmental Advocacy Organizations – especially the “Big Green” – Really Need More Black & Brown People in Senior Positions
  64. PLASTIC BAG BANS CAN BACKFIRE … WHEN YOU HAVE OTHER PLASTICS TO CHOOSE FROM
  65. WE REALLY NEED POLITICAL STRATEGISTS LEADING ON CLIMATE CHANGE – NOT ACADEMICS
  66. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS IN A MUCH MORE CLIMATIC WORLD
  67. A SMALL GERMANTOWN NON-PROFIT “TRADES FOR A DIFFERENCE”
  68. IS PHILLY BLAMING ITS TRASH & RECYCLING CRISIS ON BLACK PEOPLE?
  69. BUT WHAT DOES THE GREEN NEW DEAL MEAN FOR BLACK PEOPLE?
  70. HOW GREEN IS PHILLY’S “GREENWORKS” PLAN?
  71. The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy event recap #ecoWURD #phillyisgreen
  72. Bike-friendly cities should be designed for everyone, not just for wealthy white cyclists
  73. RENAMING “GENTRIFICATION”
  74. FOUR GOVERNORS, ONE URBAN WATERSHED IN NEED OF ACTION
  75. JUST HOW BAD IS THE AIR HURTING PHILLY’S BLACK FAMILIES?
  76. EcoWURD Presents:The Future of Work in Philly’s Green Economy
  77. IF YOU ARE LOW-INCOME OR HOMELESS, THE POLAR VORTEX IS LIKE A FORM OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
  78. NOT JUST FLINT: THE WATER CRISIS IN THE BLACK COMMUNITY
  79. DO THE TRAINS STOP RUNNING? THE SHUTDOWN’S IMPACT ON MASS TRANSIT
  80. BLACK WOMEN & THE TROUBLE WITH BABY POWDER
  81. A WHITE COLLAR CRIME VICTIMIZING NICETOWN
  82. IN NORTH CAROLINA, CLIMATE CHANGE & VOTER SUPPRESSION WORKED HAND-IN-HAND
  83. LOW-INCOME NEIGHBORHOODS WOULD GAIN THE MOST FROM GREEN ROOFS
  84. YOUR OWN HOOD: CLOSING THE GENERATIONAL GREEN DIVIDE IN BLACK PHILADELPHIA
  85. THE PRICE OF WATER: LITERAL & FIGURATIVE THIRST AT WORK
  86. THAT CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT TRUMP DIDN’T WANT YOU TO SEE? YEAH, WELL, IT’S THE LAW
  87. RACIAL & ETHNIC MINORITIES ARE MORE VULNERABLE TO WILDFIRES
  88. NO IFS, ANDS OR BUTTS Philly Has a Cigarette Butt Problem
  89. HOW SUSTAINABLE CAN PHILLY GET?
  90. USING AFROFUTURISM TO BUILD THE KIND OF WORLD YOU WANT
  91. UNCOVERING PHILLY’S HIDDEN TOXIC DANGERS …
  92. WILL THE ENVIRONMENT DRIVE VOTERS TO THE POLLS? (PART I)
  93. ARE PHILLY SCHOOLS READY FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?
  94. 🎧 SEPTA CREATES A GAS PROBLEM IN NORTH PHILLY
  95. 🎧 BREAKING THE GREEN RETAIL CEILING
  96. That’s Nasty: The Cost of Trash in Philly
  97. 🎧 How Can You Solarize Philly?
  98. 🎧 “The Environment Should Be an Active, Living Experience”
  99. Philly’s Lead Crisis Is Larger Than Flint’s
  100. Despite What You Heard, Black Millennials Do Care About the Environment
  101. Hurricanes Always Hurt Black Folks the Most
  102. Are You Going to Drink That?
  103. The Origins of ecoWURD
  104. We Seriously Need More Black Climate Disaster Films
  105. 🎧 Why Should Philly Care About a Pipeline?
  106. 🎧 Not Just Hotter Days Ahead… Costly Ones Too
  107. Philly’s Big and Dangerous Hot Mess

Penn’s $100 million contribution to the School District—$10 million annually for 10 years—will be used to remediate environmental hazards, including asbestos and lead, in our public school buildings. This funding will have an immediate impact, supplementing the ongoing efforts of the City and District, and enabling them to dramatically accelerate and expand their response to environmental concerns in our public schools.

 

University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, School Board President Joyce Wilkerson, and Superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia William R. Hite Jr., today announced that Penn will contribute $100 million to the School District of Philadelphia, representing an unprecedented commitment to the City and its public schoolchildren. This is the largest private contribution to the School District in its history.

 

“Nothing is more important than the health and welfare of our children, and few things are more crucial to a community than the safety and quality of its public schools,” said President Gutmann. “When Philadelphia’s schools and school children succeed, all Philadelphia succeeds. We are proud to be able to partner with our City and School District to significantly improve the learning environment for Philadelphia’s schoolchildren in a way that will have a long-lasting impact on the health, safety, and wellbeing of our entire City. This historic commitment by the University and Penn Medicine will help support a most critical and immediate need that will benefit generations of Philadelphia students, their teachers, and school staff.”

 

“All Philadelphia students deserve high quality and safe learning environments, but we know that achieving this systemwide in our aging school buildings requires significant resources,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “I commend the University of Pennsylvania and Dr. Amy Gutmann for this historic gift. It will go a long way in accelerating the District’s aggressive environmental remediation work. I also hope it will inspire other institutions to follow Penn’s lead. It takes all of us working together—government, business, nonprofit, and philanthropy—to tackle our most pressing challenges and ensure our kids have access to great schools in every neighborhood.”

 

Mayor Kenney, Superintendent Hite, and the Board of Education have embarked on aggressive environmental remediation efforts in School District buildings. The School District currently has an estimated $4.5 billion in unmet capital needs. Since 2018, the School District has fully stabilized lead paint in 54 elementary schools, completed work to certify an additional 25 schools as Lead Safe, and invested more than $23 million to complete asbestos-related projects. The District announced in November 2019 an Environmental Safety Improvement Plan that outlined new safety and inspection measures. The District approved $41 million in January 2020 for asbestos testing, abatement, project management, and other remediation resources.

 

“Every student in Philadelphia deserves the dignity of a safe and welcoming school building,” said School Board President Joyce Wilkerson. “This tremendous gift will not only help us to ensure these safe spaces for every student, it will free us to direct our focus to investing in a new and compelling vision for school facilities. I thank the University of Pennsylvania for this incredible gift which is an investment in all of our city’s children.”

 

“We are thrilled to have this very generous contribution from the University of Pennsylvania,” said Dr. Hite. “It will be a great support as we move forward to address the immediate environmental conditions in all of our schools. This will allow us to shift our focus to creating 21st century learning environments for all students.”

 

Penn’s commitment to environmental remediation is one of many contributions that the University makes to the School District and the broader community to provide important support to public education in Philadelphia. In partnership with the School District and the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers, the University has invested more than $25 million over the past 15 years in the District’s top-performing Penn Alexander School, providing land for the school, funding for construction, and annual payments of approximately $1 million for operations. In 2013, the University deepened its commitment to the nearby Henry C. Lea Elementary School with an expanded partnership.

 

“Penn’s contribution will catalyze even more aggressive and comprehensive remediation of environmental hazards in all our public schools,” said President Gutmann. “Philadelphia is our home. Education is at the very heart of all that we do at Penn, and we will continue to ensure that we are doing all that we can to support the success of public education in Philadelphia. Our schoolchildren and teachers deserve no less.”

 

With a Penn Graduate School of Education-based liaison on site serving as a partnership coordinator, 16 Penn-affiliated organizations facilitate 37 district partner programs at Lea. Penn’s 12 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools, led by Penn’s Graduate School of Education, as well as Penn centers including the Penn Museum and Penn Libraries, operate more than 500 activities in 248 schools in every catchment area throughout the School District.