Biophilic Philly Sat, 11 Mar 2017 23:31:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Healthy City – Urban Habitat Wed, 01 Mar 2017 20:37:46 +0000 Join Us:
May 10, 2017
6:00 to 9:00 pm
Biophilic Cities Conference
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center
640 Waterworks Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Dear Friend,
On May 10 2017, BioPhilly will host our 3rd Annual Biophilic Cities Conference:
Healthy City – Urban Habitat.

Focused on the deep connection between Biophilia and Health, the event will be held at the beautiful Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, right on the banks of the Schuylkill River.
“Healthy City – Urban Habitat” promises to be lively, engaging and informative. A networking reception will be followed by short presentations and a panel discussion.Our 2017 speakers include:

  • Tim Beatley (Biophilic Cities, Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities &
    Chair of the Department of Urban and Environmental Planning at University of Virginia)
  • Julia Africa (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)
  • Michelle Kondo (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Urban Forestry)
  • Jonce Walker (Terrapin Bright Green)
  • Craig Johnson (Interpret Green)
  • Bill Brown (The Urban Wildlife Podcast)


The BioPhilly Team
Contact us at: 
This event is being presented in collaboration with the Delaware Valley Green Building Council. AIA and GBCI credits are pending.

2nd Bird Habitat Workshop Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:55:59 +0000 Dear bioPhilly Friends!
We are excited to continue our 2nd Bird Habitat Workshop with all of you! Join us on December 6th, 2016, at 7pm at Andropogon Associates, drinks and snacks will be provided.
Tuesday December 6, 2016
7:00 pm
Andropogon: 4141 Station Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127.
Once again, we are so grateful to have Keith Russel from Audubon in attendance to help us sketch out an overlay on our Philly Story map (thank you Veronica Anderson!), which begins to imagine the city as a bird habitat sanctuary, and as a comfortable stop, rest & feed place for migrating birds. Let’s better understand the needs of our feathery friends (thank you Keith!).
And let’s consider neighborhood healthy birdsong cover and how it directly impacts our own health.

Helena van Vliet will speak briefly about the direct link between the experience of wild nature and our own physiological health, as well as about some exciting partnership opportunities for habitat work in the city.

So together let’s imagine the city as a contiguous living green tapestry. Let’s establish where the ‘voids’ are in this tapestry and give those ‘voids’ names – place names or bird sanctuary names – and then let’s organize ourselves into teams to investigate each place’s characteristics, its micro climate and bird-needs in greater detail. Let’s ‘adopt’ micro bird sanctuary places and see what we can do.
Let’s make this personal!

Let’s also identify who we can partner with (some of that already happening…).

Please find a summary of the complied notes from our joint efforts from the last workshop HERE, and a live link to our bird habitat progress map HERE.
And yes, BioPhilly now also has a Facebook page! We will use this platform to share relevant info, progress and inspiration 🙂 Like us here!

With gratitude,
The bioPhilly Team
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And, if there are others you think may be interested in joining this effort please forward this email and they can join the mailing list with the button below.
Warm regards,
The bioPhilly Working Group
Veronica Anderson
Elizabeth Calabrese
Amy Cornelius
Alice Dommert
Sadie Francis
Cynthia Barber Gale
Fredda Lippes
Vera Neumann-Sachs
Helena van Vliet

BioPhilly 360 Mapping Charette Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:06:44 +0000 Event: bioPhilly 360 Mapping Charette
Place: The SEED Center at Phila U
(Philadelphia University’s Center for Sustainability, Energy Efficiency and Design)
4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144
Date: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Time: 7pm to 9pm

Dear bioPhilly Friends,

As promised our planning group will hold its first workshop on Thursday September 22nd, 2016.
We so hope you can join us!

As we speak, Geodesign Strategist Veronica Andersen (Rodriguez Consulting LLC) and Keith Russell of Audubon have most generously taken up the cause of creating a habitat map for our shared project.
The ultimate goal is a habitat map for the entire city, which re-imagines Philly as a place of wild nature, habitat for a multitude of species living with and among us humans.

An urban oasis.

An urban garden.

Re-imagining high rise buildings as bird habitats, identifying “holes” in the green urban fabric, neighborhood by neighborhood, such that we can take up the cause of connecting all green dots, connecting our work to other projects such as the PHS Civic Landscapes and the Viaduct Green Project. We could identify green as well as blue corridors and set priorities of engagement.

Philadelphia lies along the Atlantic Flyway and is an essential urban sanctuary for migrating birds every spring and fall. Since there is a direct link between the health of bird populations and the quality of life for humans, we have chosen to begin our project with a focus on our feathery friends.

We would like to map bird movement in the city, as well as understand, which buildings or groups of buildings are the major cause of bird collisions and bird deaths. If patterns arise, we would like to find ways to address those from a bird habitat point of view.

It might also be interesting to assess the extent of the “birdsong coverage” in the city… what percentage of the city’s neighborhoods/land area are covered by healthy birdsong (recognizing what we increasingly know about the positive benefits of this important element of the natural soundscape).


Warm regards,

The bioPhilly Working Group
Elizabeth Calabrese
Alice Dommert
Cynthia Barber Gale
Fredda Lippes
Vera Neumann-Sachs
Helena van Vliet

BioPhilly Meet and Greet Wed, 18 May 2016 02:37:53 +0000 biophilly3

Growing beyond ‘Green’ in Philadelphia Sat, 16 Apr 2016 02:31:21 +0000

March, 2014

Please join us: The Biophilic Cities Project

Growing beyond ‘green’ in Philadelphia

The Biophilic Cities Project was launched in October 2013 by Tim Beatley,Teresa Heinz Professor of Sustainable Communities School of Architecture, University of Virginia. Just two years later, nine major cities world-wide are in the network. In the U.S. these include San Francisco, Portland, Phoenix and Milwaukee. Other cities, such as Washington DC, are on the verge.

The network seeks to expand beyond “green” into an agenda, which extends beyond conventional urban parks, and beyond building-centric green design. It is about redefining the very essence of resilient cities as places of wild and restorative nature, from rooftops to roadways to riverfronts. It is about understanding cities as places that already harbor much nature and places that can become, through bold vision and persistent practice, even greener and richer in the nature they contain.

This event brings together two international leaders in the Biophilia Movement,Tim Beatley and Bill Browning, with local proponents and practitioners. It seeks to introduce “beyond Green” to the the community of local and regional sustainability and environmental networks in and around Philadelphia. Included are leading members of the health care community, since physiological health is one of the demonstrated benefits of biophilic urbanism.

Photo, above, by Fredda Lippes, Green Roof Lead Coordinator: Fredda Lippes City of Philadelphia

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Join us:
April 16th, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
At the Philadelphia Library
The Skyline Room, 4th Floor
1901 Vine St.
Philadelphia, PA

$25 DVGBC members. $35 DVGBC non-members.
Wine, beer and light fare included.
Become a member of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council

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