Environmental Sustainability

Making Pedestrian-Only Streets a Reality in Philadelphia

May 10, 2024 / Comments Off on Making Pedestrian-Only Streets a Reality in Philadelphia

Philly needs permanent pedestrian-only streets. Not just one, but a network of protected corridors in all our neighborhoods, brimming with activity and engagement that’s family friendly and people-centric. And I have no doubt in my mind that with the right mix of public and private support, it would be fantastic. Let’s be honest, this is […]

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Expert Views: A Conversation with Gina Lavery on the Climate Resilience Index

May 3, 2024 / Comments Off on Expert Views: A Conversation with Gina Lavery on the Climate Resilience Index

In celebration of the release of the Climate Resilience Index our team has produced, I interviewed Gina Lavery, Senior Vice President and Principal of Econsult Solutions and head of ESI Center for the Future of Cities, to discuss this innovative resource and the intention behind it. As the impacts of climate change become more apparent […]

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From the Vault: Features on Sustainability and Urban Resilience

April 26, 2024 / Comments Off on From the Vault: Features on Sustainability and Urban Resilience

In this Present Value post, we look back on thought provoking reads focused on the growing threat of climate change, the need for sustainability policies and practices, and how communities big and small are working to foster urban resilience. From the Paris Climate Agreement to the latest in EV policy trends, combatting urban heat, and building more […]

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How Does Sea Level Rise Affect Us? Learning from New Jersey

April 5, 2024 / Comments Off on How Does Sea Level Rise Affect Us? Learning from New Jersey

Over the last century, sea levels in New Jersey have risen about 1.4 feet, due to both natural forces and groundwater pumping. The global average has been almost 8 inches. What does this mean for New Jersey residents? The effects of sea level rise will be felt in their daily lives, making coastal flooding more […]

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Four Considerations When Building a Climate Resilient Economy

March 29, 2024 / Comments Off on Four Considerations When Building a Climate Resilient Economy

The notion of a climate resilient economy—an economy that can come back from shocks or stresses prompted by extreme weather events, sea level rise, and shifting ecosystems—is a central concern for this era of public policy analysts and planners. Building economic resilience in cities and municipalities in the face of climate change involves a multifaceted […]

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The Reimagining of FDR Park: The Economic Impact and Return on Environmental Resiliency

November 15, 2023 / Comments Off on The Reimagining of FDR Park: The Economic Impact and Return on Environmental Resiliency

In 2022, the Fairmount Park Conservancy commissioned Econsult Solutions, Inc. (ESI) to conduct an economic impact analysis on FDR Park, which included quantifying the environmental and health/recreation benefits. FDR Park, a 348 acre public space in South Philadelphia has been used in a variety of ways throughout its century-long history. In 2021, the Fairmount Park […]

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