Finding Environmental Stories: An Interview with Jenny Price

Finding Environmental Stories: An Interview with Jenny Price

"Jenny Price has an unconventional view on the human interaction with the environment.

 

She wants us to “stop saving the planet” and before her current position at Princeton, took locals and tourists on ranger-led nature tours of Los Angeles. She asks the question not too many people think about regarding why we tend not to think of the environment as something that can be funny and looks for environmental awareness in places it usually may not be considered."

Blue is Green: A Discussion with Steven Mentz

Blue is Green: A Discussion with Steven Mentz

"As heavy clouds gathered over Philadelphia yesterday, a group of Penn professors, students, and administrators met in the library of the Philomathean Society to hear Steven Mentz describe his work in Environmental Humanities. Mentz, a professor of English at St. John’s University in New York, is a prominent voice in eco-studies, and we were eager to hear his perspective on issues of urgency not just to those of us working on the relationship between the human community and the non-human environment, but to anyone who has felt first-hand—through their body, home, or family—the precariousness of our place in the world."

The Redemption of the Schuylkill (Part Two)

The Redemption of the Schuylkill (Part Two)

The river as it was. The river as it is. The river as it could be. These are the three lenses through which John Frederick Lewis examines the Schuylkill River in his book The Redemption of the Lower Schuylkill, published in 1924. These same lenses serve as the backdrop for the Slought Foundation exhibit “The Redemption of the Schuylkill”, which opened this past May and came to a close on Tuesday, August 18th with a panel discussion about the river and its future.

The Redemption of the Schuylkill

Though the Schuylkill is intimately connected to the cityscape, it is easily taken for 

granted, as a static and unchanging resource. To flesh out the rich history of the river and its 

continuing importance, this summer Philadelphia City Parks Association and the Slought 

Foundation teamed up to run a public programming series examining Philadelphia’s dynamic 

relationship with the Schuylkill. 

Potsdamer Persevering

Potsdamer Persevering

Potsdamer Platz, once a customs gate for entrance into the fortified city of Berlin, is now Germany's first quarter to be certified by the DNGB (a sustainable building agency). Its many sustainable features, from water retention systems to green roofs, make it well-deserving of being our Space of the Week. 

Sustainability Spinning: The Heliotrope

Sustainability Spinning: The Heliotrope

Our first Space of the Week is the Heliotrope, an impressive home in the southern German town of Freiburg with a unique feature: it turns. The home rotates to maximize solar energy and take advantage of the sun for heating properties. Other attributes include waste composting, greywater reuse, and passive house construction.