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Manage Stormwater To Meet Federal Standards

Philadelphia Manages Stormwater with Green Infrastructure

The Green City, Clean Waters plan, which was released by the Philadelphia Water Department in 2009, seeks to invest $2 billion in the City’s infrastructure over the next 25 years to protect and enhance our watersheds. The plan proposes to manage stormwater with innovative green infrastructure, maximizing economic, social, and environmental benefits to Philadelphia and creating a green legacy for future generations.

The Philadelphia Water Department, in partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, installed green infrastructure at the Kensington Creative and Performing Arts School (CAPA). Kensington CAPA boasts a porous pavement parking area, underground detention and infiltration facilities, rain gardens, green roofs covering 50% of the roof area, and rainwater cisterns for reuse. In addition to managing its stormwater progressively, CAPA has other sustainable features including geothermal heating and cooling and maximized daylighting. The school received LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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