Philadelphia’s River Wards are characterized by industrial legacies that have left a distinct material and cultural imprint on the city’s northeast neighborhoods. Lining the Delaware River, Fishtown, Kensington, Port Richmond, and Bridesburg comprise one of eighteen planning districts that have been targeted by Philadelphia’s 2035 initiative. But how will sustainability initiatives – those led by the […]

We’ve finalized the line-up for the Shifting Energy Cultures speaker series. Our first event is two weeks from today, Wednesday February 11th from 12-2PM. Lunch is provided so please RSVP in advance of the event.  Get Smart: The Drexel Smart Campus We all turn on the lights and expect electricity to flow, but how efficient is […]

Next week the EPA will hold two public hearings on the proposed updates to the national air quality standards for ground-level ozone. These are scheduled for Thursday January 29th — one in Washington, DC and the second in Arlington, Texas. I won’t be able to attend the D.C. hearing, but plan to submit comments, which can […]

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Our first phase of data collection for the River Wards Environmental Health Project has concluded. Our survey team spent 11 weeks in the field and visited 3,392 households. We completed 331 surveys and collected data for 223 blocks in the survey area. In our weekly project meetings, the survey team consistently reported that residents were […]

Mapping Perceptions Survey

This week the River Wards survey team began training for the field. Our team is a mix of undergraduate and graduate students from Drexel University, myself, and Russell Zerbo from the Clean Air Council. The team will be conducting our door-to-door survey four to five days a week in the study area – Port Richmond, […]

Mapping Perceptions Survey

The EnviroHealthSense team is gearing up to start fieldwork in the River Wards. This past month we have been sketching out residential areas where we would like to conduct our survey. We’ve been focused on Kensington and Port Richmond, but later this week we’ll head up to Bridesburg to map out the survey zone in that community […]

Civic engagement is an area of focus for Drexel University. The Dornsife Center speaks to this focus. An urban extension center, Dornsife’s mission is to build relationships between West Philadelphia residents and students, faculty, and staff at Drexel. Having a physical space to develop community-university relationships is key, and the Center’s complex offers ample and diverse […]

Last Saturday (July 12th) I went to NKCDC’s soil testing day with Dawn McDougall. The plan was for me to give a presentation on environmental hazards and soil contamination, but there was so much else going on that we tabled it for another event. At NKCDC’s Frankford Ave lot, residents not only screened soil from their yards, but could […]

My research for EnviroHealthSense has primarily focused on collecting and categorizing asthma research between 2003 and 2014. I have focused on mapping and organizing articles in an “Asthma and Obesity” Zotero collection to create a visual representation of the locations of the data collected. With over two hundred articles from multiple journals, the goal is […]

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