JIUS Case Studies: Projects

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Greenfield School

December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

Greenfield Elementary School is a model of sustainable site improvement and community involvement in Philadelphia. Sustainable improvements at Greenfield, which were completed between 2009 and 2010, include a stormwater management system with two indigenous Pennsylvania woodland forest rain gardens, porous pavement, permeable recycled play surface, an agriculture zone, and solar shading.

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Hybrid Diesel Buses

December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

The City of Philadelphia is using hybrid buses to improve air quality and reduce pollution. Between 2009 and 2012, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) purchased 440 hybrid diesel buses. For calendar years 2012 through 2015, SEPTA plans to add 285 new hybrid diesel buses.

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PWD Biogas Cogeneration Facility

December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

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. This project will use digesters to generate 5.6 MW of thermal energy and electricity from biogas, which occurs as a byproduct of the plant's wastewater treatment.

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Queen Lane

December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Water Department installed Philadelphia's first stormwater bumpouts, or landscaped curb extensions, on Queen Lane in East Falls in 2011. Runoff from the street is diverted into the bumpouts, where it infiltrates into the soil instead of entering the city's storm sewers. In addition to managing stormwater, bumpouts can help to calm traffic and may also keep pedestrians safer by reducing the street crossing distance when they are located at crosswalks.

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Percy Street

December 16, 2012 Philadelphia

The 800 block of South Percy Street in South Philadelphia showcases the city's first porous green street. The street required excavation for a new sewer, which provided the opportunity to replace the street surface with porous asphalt. Philadelphia streets needing similar reconstruction in the future will be considered for porous application.

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