After years as a showcase for creepy critters, the rebranded Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion is expanding its exhibits and its ambitions. From a room filled with 8,000 butterflies to the world's largest centipedes, this hidden gem offers up educational opportunities and fun galore -- just try to keep your kid out of the climb-through lizard terrarium.
Every year, this four-acre plot in Southwest Philadelphia produces 12,000 pounds of food, welcomes 10,000 school kids, employs 22 high school interns, hosts 45 families in a community garden, distributes 80,000 seedlings, supplies 50 farmstands and welcomes 1500 volunteers. And that's only the beginning.
No industry or economy can exist without clean, plentiful H2O. Since 2010, Altoona's EcoIslands has been building and installing wetlands-in-a-box to remove metals and other pollutants from water, solving a major ecological challenge.