4/11/2011

Sustainable Options for Philadelphia Sidewalks!

I am happy to spread the word that concrete is no longer a requirement for sidewalk finishes in Philadelphia.  A few weeks ago City Council passed an ordinance that allows the use of sustainable products and materials.  The new language states," The Streets Department shall permit the use of sustainable products and materials for the construction of sidewalks, wherever practicable."

sidewalk project at the Navy Yard

Permeable paving surfaces get a big thumbs up from the city's water department, because they lead to less storm-water runoff, easing the load on the city's aging sewer system.  At-Large Councilman James Kenney, who introduced the bill with Councilwoman At-Large Blondell Reynolds Brown and First District Councilman Frank DiCicco, said while many materials will be allowed, he personally prefers rubberized sidewalks.  They are recycled, long lasting, and don't require constant maintenance.  They are also permeable, allowing water to reach tree and plant roots.