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RETHINK YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH NATURE

BIOPHILLY INVITES YOU TO

RETHINK YOUR RELATIONSHIP
WITH WILD NATURE IN THE CITY

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About

Established in 2015, BioPhilly's mission is to promote the important link between human health and the meaningful daily experience of wild and bio-diverse nature in the city. We engage with our fellow citizens towards an urban habitat tapestry from the Delaware to the Schuylkill River. 

BioPhilly is a member of the Biophilic Cities Network.
We join with a growing number of Biophilic Partner Cities from Washington DC to Singapore.

 
 
 
 

Healthy City - urban habitats

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BioPhilly is an urban habitat stewardship organization of designers,
naturalists, educators, public health professionals, collaborators,
connectors and concerned citizens.

Our goals are to:
•    Promote the important links between human health and meaningful daily experience of wild and bio-diverse nature in urban Philadelphia.
•    Build the paradigm of re-imagining Philadelphia as a healthy and safe ecosystem, where a diversity of species, human and non-human, can sustainably thrive together.
•    Catalyze collaborations, providing biophilic urbanist expertise and support for groups and projects, which promote caring for place and foster a verdant and livable city.
•    Advocate for policies, which incorporate biophilic solutions and values.

BioPhilly is a member of the International Biophilic Cities Network.

Healthy lives require nature

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the biophilic city is physiologically restorative.

Daily joyful engagement with urban wild nature amazes, stimulates, and propels curiosity, exploration, play, learning, wonder & joy.
The Biophilic City is measurably restorative:
•    Boosts immune & cognitive function
•    Supports hormonal & circadian balance
•    Lowers stress levels, blood pressure & pulse-rate
•    Decreases cell-aging

Deep place engagement, commitment & stewardship enhance civic life: caring for place is an essential ingredient in caring for one another.

City as a garden

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in the tradition of william penn's green country town, biophilly advocates for:

•    Urban wildlife corridors & habitats
•    Connecting all green dots: contiguous urban habitat tapestry
•    Biophilic urban acupuncture
•    Living roofs, living facades, edible schoolyards, urban agriculture
•    Planting healthy air: heat island & particulate matter reduction
•    Precious water: rain water harvesting, rain gardens, sponge parks
•    Experience of topography, seasons and weather
•    Healthy neighborhood bird song cover
•    Dark Skies initiatives

building green bridges

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biophilly seeks to build bridges between the design, construction, public health, government, and educational sectors towards our shared goal of biophilic stewardship for bio-diverse urban habitats, human and otherwise.

We seek to:
•    Coordinate efforts
•    Leverage resources
•    Facilitate engagement
•    Forge strong, effective networks of partners
•    Assemble a library of biophilic resources for partner use
•    Provide biophilic expertise & support in design, strategic planning, teaching and engagement

Together we will invigorate the rewilding of Philadelphia towards a contiguous tapestry of bio-diverse and restorative urban habitats.

 

connecting water to water

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the philadelphia urban habitat tapestry map

•    Connecting all green dots
•    Contiguous urban habitat tapestry
•    Urban wildlife corridors & habitats

 

license to vegetate

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license to vegetate / city as a garden / challenge 2020

Petition City of Philadelphia to add 220 acres of Habitat Roofs and Vegetated Facades; 1/3 dedicated to Urban Agriculture
1. License to Vegetate: Sidewalk, Facade, Roof Gardening
2. Blooming Alleys, Habitat Streets
3. Green Crossings
4. LandCare Lots to Habitats
5. Blooming Cemeteries