Transportation and Climate Initiative (TCI-P)
Update on this regional program originally recorded 3/1/21:
slide deck https://www.transportationandclimate.org/sites/default/files/TCI-P-Updates-Webinar-March-2021.pdf
To share your thought and input on TCI-P (most helpful if before 4/1/21)
PECO Energy Efficiency Grants
Grants for energy efficient solutions for business offered until 4/15 or the money runs out.
Create an account and apply online:
Public Meetings of EPA National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC)
You can attend the whole meetings and/or provide comments. Entire meetings last from 1-7om EST, with public comment from 5-6pm. Register for 3/24 public meeting:
Register for 5/6 public meeting:
Register for 7/17 public meeting:
The movie “Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline!”
For virtual access to this children’s movie 3/20-4/4:
The film also is available for schools, libraries, etc. to bring to the communities
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation can help you get a free yard tree
through its TreePhilly program.
If you are looking for a tree for your sidewalk, apply for a street tree.
A citywide pickup event will take place on May 15 at FDR Park, while deliveries and neighborhood events will take place throughout the spring.
The spring won’t be TreePhilly’s first foray into pandemic giveaways. In 2020, it distributed more than 1,200 trees to homeowners, while observing COVID-19 mitigation guidelines. This season’s iteration will similarly follow coronavirus protocols:
Those interested can register for a free tree online.
Street trees for the sidewalk have a separate request form.
Recycling clothing & electronics: SmartCityPHL launches its first pilot with Retrievr | Office of Innovation and Technology
Clothing and electronics make up approximately 10 percent of Philadelphia’s waste stream, piling up in landfills. Through SmartCityPHL’s Pitch & Pilot program, Philadelphians will soon be able to dispose of these items responsibly from the convenience of their homes.
Through a partnership with Retrievr, residents can schedule doorstep pickup of unwanted clothing and electronics for recycling. Retrievr is the first winner of the first Pitch & Pilot challenge, which asked for ideas to reduce waste in Philadelphia.
How to use Retrievr’s service
Retrievr offers an on-demand doorstep collection for clothing and electronics. The company will pick up clothing and small electronics for free. While Retrievr charges a small fee for large electronics like TVs, microwaves, and air conditioners, residents are still able to recycle these items for free at sanitation convenience centers.
Residents can start scheduling pickups on Thursday, May 28. Retrievr will then begin collections on Monday, June 8.
Philadelphians can schedule a pickup by:
• Visiting retrievr.com
• Texting PICKUP to 757-70-FETCH (757-703-3824)
• Calling 757-70-FETCH (757-703-3824)
During the pilot period, Retrievr will update its platform to include Philadelphia, assess the collection of additional materials, and work with City partners to evaluate the impact of its service on waste diversion.
Find Free, Nutritious Food During COVID-19:
The City uses phila.gov/food, an easy to use resource (available in multiple languages), to provide the most up-to-date listing of food and meal sites for Philadelphians. Residents should check back often to confirm sites and schedules, as this information continues to change. For more information, contact OCFCommunications@phila.gov.
Announcing the 2021 Philly Spring Cleanup April 10, 2021, 9AM – 2PM , Application Deadline: March 29, 2021
The return of the Philly Spring Cleanup (PSC). The 2021 PSC will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021. Due to new COVID-19 safety protocols, each project site must be limited to 20 volunteers max. Project coordinators must also complete a brief COVID-19 training prior to registering a project.
2021 Partner Application
Dedication like yours, along with the can-do attitude of thousands of volunteers all over the City, is exactly what we need to meet our goals.
If you have a project in mind for this year's Philly Spring Cleanup, there are two ways to submit your idea for approval:
1. Online: Click here to complete the application online. https://psc.philadelphiastreets.com/
2. Mail: Download the application here. (pdf)
Mail completed application to:
Keith Warren Deputy Commissioner - Sanitation Division City of Philadelphia - Streets Department
730 Municipal Services Building
1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19102
For more about Gov. Wolf’s recent announcement of a bill to help EVs in PA
Planet Philadelphia is a radio show about our shared environment aired 4:00-5:00 PM EST the first and third Friday a month on WGGT-LP 92.9 FM in Philadelphia and/or at gtownradio.com. Also on Villanova University’s radio station, WXVU, Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m. at 89.1FM.
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