Philadelphia is increasingly recognized as a global leader in urban sustainability. Guided by Greenworks Philadelphia, the City is embarking on impressive efforts to manage stormwater with investments in green infrastructure, reduce the energy consumption of government, businesses and homes with energy efficiency programs and make Philadelphia a great place to live, work and play.
"Green City, Clean Waters" is the Philadelphia Water Department's 25 year, $1.2B plan to improve Philadelphia's two great rivers by managing the water that flows into them after storms. At the close of this 25 year implementation period, PWD will have invested approximately $2.4 billion ($1.2 billion in 2009 dollars) to initiate the largest green stormwater infrastructure program ever envisioned in this country. The private sector will make a significant contribution by ensuring that all new development and significant redevelopment manages the first inch of rain water, reducing the impact on the public sewer system.
The City has established a target of reducing government use of electricity by 30% by 2015. During the summer of 2012 the City will make significant energy efficiency upgrades to City Hall and three government office towers. The project will generate a positive cash flow for the City from the first year, in addition to using its savings to back the initial costs of efficiency investments over a 15 year term. The City is also helping businesses and homeowners save energy. In 2010, the City established the EnergyWorks program to support owners of commercial and residential properties who seek to make energy efficiency improvements to their buildings. The program offers low interest loans which are funded with competitive dollars awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings program. The revolving commercial fund is co-managed through a public private partnership.
"Green City, Clean Waters" is Philadelphia's 25-year plan to protect and enhance the City's watersheds by managing stormwater primarily with innovative green infrastructure.Green Streets and Alleys
Green streets and alleys can help local governments green their transportation network by managing stormwater runoff within transportation rights-of-way.Philadelphia Sustainability Plan—Greenworks
In Mayor Michael Nutter's January 2008 inaugural address, he pledged to make Philadelphia the number one green city in America.SEPTAinable Transit Sustainability Plan
"SEPTAinable The Route to Regional Sustainability " is the sustainability plan for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), which provides public transit for 5 Pennsylvania Counties, including Philadelphia.Stormwater Utility Rate Structuring
As Philadelphia's stormwater management costs increase, it has become more important to the City to receive payment for providing stormwater service.Transparency Policies and Public Reporting
Transparency policies and public reporting are considered essential to responsive and participatory governing structures.
Climate and green bonds are fixed-income financial instruments that are issued in order to raise capital for the implementation of environmental projects, often climate change mitigation- or adaptation-related activities or renewable or energy efficiency projects, and therefore allow investors to report to their members on how their secure investments are also contributing to addressing environmental challenges.Energy Service Company (ESCO) Model
The ESCO model was developed to recoup the savings from implementing more energy efficient strategies onto commercial and industrial properties.Special Service District or Business Improvement District
The SSD/BID is a defined area within which businesses are required to pay an additional tax or fee in order to fund improvements within the district's boundaries.Stormwater Credit Program
The Philadelphia Stormwater Regulations provide the legal measures for implementing stormwater billing. The Gross Area and Impervious Area of a property are used to determine the Stormwater Management Services (SWMS) Charge.Sustainable Public-Private Loan Strategy
Public-private loan structures can support sustainability projects that might not otherwise take place.Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
As is evident in major cities around the United States, TIF can be a valuable public finance tool for redevelopment projects.
The American Street corridor is an historical industrial center in North Philadelphia.Big Green Block
The goal of the Big Green Block project was to transform the sites of the Shissler Recreation Center and the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and the surrounding area into the biggest, greenest block in Philadelphia.BigBelly Trash Compactors
In 2009, Philadelphia replaced 700 public wire trash baskets with 500 BigBelly-brand solar trash compactors.Car Sharing Service
Philadelphia began using a private car sharing service to meet the transportation needs of municipal employees in 2003.Columbus Square
The stormwater planters at Columbus Square are the first of their kind to be installed by the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), converting a portion of Reed Street into a green street.George W. Nebinger School
The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary (PDE) have joined together to advance green stormwater infrastructure in Philadelphia while educating students and local residents.Green Buildings at the Navy Yard
Every building developed in the Philadelphia Navy Yard, a rapidly developing area, is required to meet and will be registered for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.Greenfield School
Greenfield Elementary School is a model of sustainable site improvement and community involvement in Philadelphia.Herron Playground
At Herron Playground, the Philadelphia Water Department collaborated with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the City's Capital Program Office to design and construct green stormwater infrastructure systems as part of a playground renovation.Hybrid Diesel Buses
The City of Philadelphia is using hybrid buses to improve air quality and reduce pollution.Improving Energy Efficiency of City-Owned Facilities
Through the Guaranteed Energy Savings Act or GESA, the City of Philadelphia engaged a qualified Energy Service Company (ESCO) to determine the feasibility of energy conservation measures to be implemented in the City's "Quadplex" buildings (City Hall, Municipal Services Building, One Parkway, and the Criminal Justice Center).Percy Street
The 800 block of South Percy Street in South Philadelphia showcases the city's first porous green street.PWD Biogas Cogeneration Facility
In 2012, the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) and the company Ameresco, Inc. announced an agreement to develop and maintain a cogeneration facility at PWD's Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant.Queen Lane
The Philadelphia Water Department installed Philadelphia's first stormwater bumpouts, or landscaped curb extensions, on Queen Lane in East Falls in 2011.Solar Panels at the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant
In 2011, The City of Philadelphia installed a 250 KW solar array at the Water Department's Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant.