In 1893, Pennsylvania was practically devoid of trees. In 2018, the state boasts 121 state parks encompassing nearly 300,000 acres and a state forest system comprised of 2.2 million acres in 48 counties. These natural assets are invaluable, whether you're talking about the Commonwealth's economy or its health.
Next time you book a stay in the mountains, you'll be helping to preserve the very natural landscape you've traveled to see. In this majestic region, environmentalists have joined forces with the vibrant tourism industry. Funds from hotel stays and drink purchases support conservation efforts, including the successful resurrection of the local bald eagle population. It’s a great way to justify your next vacation.
It's been 40 years since the first home tests hit the market, which means innovation is long overdue. This PA startup has developed a flushable, biodegradable, compostable product that offers the gift of ease and discretion to women everywhere.
Slated to be incorporated over the next 20 to 50 years at a cost of at least $100 million, an expansive new program aims to reduce the amount of runoff and sewage that ends up in Harrisburg's waterways. Similar initiatives have also been shown to improve quality of life and raise property values.
With a new name and a new goal, this longstanding Philadelphia institution is continuing its mission to promote sustainable design and construction, while spearheading an ambitious effort to foster a greener city by cutting energy, water use and emissions in half.
The inaugural PA Urban Parks & Recreation Exchange, held in Allentown, spotlighted how Pennsylvania cities large and small can improve their communities through thoughtful design and increased access to parks and playgrounds.
From a blind elephant seal in Pittsburgh to an entire population of endangered butterflies near Hershey, the state's zoos are jumping in to help the world's wildlife. It's all part of a national movement that has these beloved institutions emphasizing education and conservation.
Often the greenest new homes are also the most expensive. GreenBuild, a partnership between Penn State and the State College Community Land Trust, is looking to solve that problem with a net-zero energy duplex that will be affordable both to purchase and to live in.