Fri, 29 May 2009
Urban agriculture is not a contradiction in terms. It's alive and well in cities worldwide.
This podcast presents speakers from the Urban Sustainability Forum: “How can we feed Philadelphia? Growing the Grange,” held earlier this month at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philly.
PennFuture’s Rachel Vassar interviews Marcia Caton Campbell, Program Director, Center for Resilient Cities in Milwaukee. The Center works to help residents and public servants create healthy, high-quality environments. They build the capacity of urban communities to create and preserve green infrastructure networks that improve the natural environment, citizen health, and economic opportunities.
We also hear from Ben Reynolds, Food Link Project Officer and Network Director of Sustain London. London Food Link works towards increasing the availability of sustainable food in London, tackling the barriers preventing access to healthy and sustainable food for all Londoner and protecting and celebrating London's diverse food culture.
You can join Philadelphia area residents who are working to build a greener, cleaner and more sustainable Philly by being part of the Next Great City initiative. Just go to the website and take the pledge to stay active and informed.
Fri, 8 May 2009
For decades the lack of a comprehensive plan to guide the creation of public amenities and private development has kept the Delaware riverfront from being all that it could be. But no more, thanks to citizens with a vision.
This podcast features some of the speakers from a public meeting held on April 21, 2009 by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to consider accepting the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware as the framework for future planning. Adopting the Civic Vision will open portions of the river to residents for the first time in a lifetime, while improving the economic vitality of the area and the entire city as a result of increased neighborhood and riverfront attractiveness.
PennFuture’s Rachel Vassar first interviews Steven Weixler, chair of the Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG), who discusses CDAG’s involvement the Civic Vision, and what the Civic Vision is. Next, Patrick Starr, senior vice president the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, discusses greenways, and the importance of the East Coast Greenway. Finally, Harris Steinberg, executive director of PennPraxis, the clinical arm of PennDesign, the School of Design for the University of Pennsylvania, talks about the importance of the Action Plan in moving the Vision forward. He urges listeners to get involved by attending public meetings at the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, advocating building Pier 11 as a recreational pier, and participating in the Master Planning.
Fri, 1 May 2009
Although it is home to miles of highways and development, Montgomery County may arguably be the greenest county in Pennsylvania. That’s due to the vision of the citizens and elected officials who have put together a Greenprint – a vigorous project to reduce the county’s contribution of heat trapping gases that cause global warming.
This podcast features Montgomery County resident and PennFuture staffer Joy Bergey, a member of the Advisory Committee on Climate Change, interviewing some of the key leaders of the Greenprint project. She talks to County Commissioner Joe Hoeffel, who discusses the many parts of the project, including successful outreach to the business community. She also talks to Steve Nelson, Director of Policy for the Montgomery County Planning Commission, who discusses how the County is working to operate all its properties and programs while causing as little pollution as possible. And she completes the picture by interviewing Caesar Gambone, co-engineer and plant supervisor for the County, who talks about his work on the frontlines in making direct reductions in energy use and pollution throughout the county.
You too can make a difference in cutting heat trapping gases. Join PennFuture’s Cool Pennsylvania Campaign – and Pittsburghers can join The Black and Gold City Goes Green Campaign – to help make Pennsylvania even cooler!