July 28: Convention environmentalism | Candidates on infrastructure | Sidewalk burdens

It’s DNC Day 4, Philly, and the end is in sight. Stay tuned to NewsWorks’ Decision 2016 page for all things convention week.

If seeing all those plastic water bottles used by conventioneers, cops, and protesters beating the heat makes your inner enviro cry, consider this: The Convention Center and Wells Fargo Center are both asking visitors to sort trash into compost, landfill, and recyclables. Irina Zhorov reports the goal is to divert 85 percent of the waste from landfill, and that the convention sustainability plan includes purchase of carbon energy offsets and surplus food donation.

The Transport Politic takes a deep dive into where Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump stand on infrastructure proposals, with a look at the Democratic and Republican party platforms – from the federal government’s very role down to non-motorized means of transport.

Scientific research in mice suggests that there are two areas where our brain stores memories of places: one area is for mental maps of our surroundings while another area is reserved for memories of special places.  

Philly Urban Creators was profiled in a Huffington Post video, showing off their powerful community-driven urban agriculture work.

Why should that critical piece of pedestrian infrastructure, the city sidewalk, be the responsibility of homeowners? Citylab ponders the question from the perspective of a Jenkintown resident. Shouldn’t sidewalks be a municipal responsibility like roads? Here’s the state of sidewalk repairs in Philly, via NextCity.

And for those of you already thinking about Friday: Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine will hold a post-convention rally at Independence Mall tomorrow at noon. 

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