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Clean, Green and Safe: Creating Healthy Communities

Dec 13, 2017 • by The Berks Alliance
Clean, Green and Safe

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Monday, December 18, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (GMT)

McGlinn Conference Center

Alvernia University

460 Saint Bernardine St.

Reading, PA 19607

“Increasing Property values, beautifying neighborhoods, reducing flooding, creating natural habitats, enhancing public spaces and making communities safer.”

Urban areas across Pennsylvania are struggling to address state and federal requirements to eliminate combined stormwater and sewer systems and to reduce stormwater runoff and the pollution that it causes.  Some communities, rather than constructing expensive and expansive underground systems, have chosen alternative methods, which have not only helped deal with their stormwater issues, but make their communities more attractive and safe.  This “Safe, Green and Clean” panel discussion will highlight some of these efforts.

For example, Philadelphia plans to reduce stormwater runoff by nearly 85% through its “Green City, Clean Waters” initiative. Lancaster’s efforts will divert more than 750 million gallons of stormwater through a coordinated effort that improves local streetscapes, parks, parking lots and alleys.  These projects, and efforts in other communities, have not only tackled this important environmental issue, but they have helped make these cities a more attractive to live and work.

As Reading works to create a more vibrant and safe community, while addressing this stormwater issue, learning from the experience in other communities can be invaluable.

The program, sponsored by the Berks Alliance in collaboration with the O’Pake Institute at Alvernia University and 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, will feature a panel including:

Charlotte Katzenmoyer, the Director of Public Works for the City of Lancaster.  Charlotte has been instrumental in that city’s efforts.Joanne Dahme, General Manager for Public Affairs at the Philadelphia Water Department. Joanne is a major force behind the “Green City, Clean Waters” project.Brian Marengo, Vice President at CH2M, a global consulting firm.  Brian has worked with numerous cities on creative strategies to deal with stormwater.Jack Machek, the President and CEO of 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania.  Jack has been an ardent advocate for inclusive growth and healthy, sustainable and walkable communities.

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