Clean, Safe, Sustainable
Our Goal: Clean, Safe, and Sustainable Neighborhoods
Safety and security are paramount to any community's well-being. Drexel University enhances the quality of life in and around our campus with numerous safety and sustainability initiatives. Key features include the addition of twelve new security ambassadors patrolling West Philadelphia for 750+ hours per week along with new emergency telephones, on- and off-campus lighting, and security cameras.
Drexel extends its commitment to green and sustainable living through the promotion of energy-efficient solutions for residents and partnerships with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Philadelphia Horticultural Society and University City Green to support neighborhood greening initiatives.
- In 2011, Drexel University and the City of Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation embarked on a multi-faceted partnership to green the West Philadelphia community. The collaboration supports Mayor Nutter's Greenworks Philadelphia plan, which includes planting 300,000 new trees by 2015, and capitalizes on the University's resources and academic expertise to significantly impact neighborhoods in West Philadelphia and beyond. The program aims to "green" several playgrounds in the Mantua section of the city and create new storm water treatment systems for local parks and playgrounds, which will be designed and implemented by the Drexel's environmental engineering students. The students' designs will also serve as templates for the City to implement storm water treatment systems in other green spaces across Philadelphia. As part of the plan, Drexel also donated 200 trees along with a "planting and caring" training session to faculty and staff living in Philadelphia.
- Drexel held its first official "Greening Day" in April 2011 when 100 Drexel students, alumni, and employees join representatives from UC Green and the Mantua Community Improvement Committee (MCIC), and Mantua residents, to transform Miles Mack Playground. MCIC and Drexel University students worked together to clean the streets of Mantua during the city-wide clean-up day. Volunteers performed a complete cleanup of the playground, located at 36th and Aspen Streets in the heart of Mantua, and planted 30 new trees.
- Students, alumni, professors and staff from the Earle Mack School of Law at Drexel University collaborated with the Fairmount Park's Office of Stewardship to support a greening project at Cobbs Creek Park in West Philadelphia in August 2011. The group cut and cleared brush and laid stones for a hiking and biking trail that will link recreational facilities in the park with the nearby community in West Philadelphia.