Every block in Philly deserves more green space. Having green in our neighborhoods makes us happier, healthier and safe--it gives us pride in our communities. But not all green spaces are the same; some--like tree trenches and rain gardens--are designed to filter out toxic street chemicals before they reach the water from which we drink, fish and swim. Not to mention, this smart green space can keep our streets from flooding by absorbing excess water during heavy storms.
The City of Philadelphia uses more of these living landscapes (technically called “green stormwater infrastructure” or “GSI” for short) than many other cities--part of its Green City, Clean Waters program. There’s only one problem: many of the neighborhoods that need GSI the most are still without it.
So we’re asking you to add your name below to urge City Council to do the following:
Make sure GSI is placed equitably across Philly neighborhoods--with priority for communities that feel the most impact from pollution and flooding.
Direct all city departments with public land, such as parks and libraries, to develop specific targets and plans to keep GSI on their properties.
Improve and expand the incentives that already exist for developers to use GSI on their properties--and make sure that they use local contractors to keep jobs within the community.
Take advantage of all available state and federal grant and low-cost financing programs to keep the Green City, Clean Waters program going strong.
City Council, we’re asking you to make the right choice for Philly: prioritize green stormwater infrastructure because it makes our neighborhoods healthier, happier and safer to live, work and play.