Monday, June 16, 2008

Breaking: Two HUGE Forums On Philadelphia’s Future (Planning and Sustainability) Taking Place This Week

And both of them are at the Academy of Natural Sciences.

The first is a Tuesday evening address by Mayor Nutter about restoring the role of city planning in Philadelphia’s ongoing growth and development.
You are invited to hear Mayor Michael A. Nutter discuss his vision for restoring Philadelphia as the national leader in city planning.
(More info here.)

The second is equally important and will feature Mayor Nutter’s new Sustainability Czar, Mark Allen Hughes, talking about Greening Philadelphia’s Infrastructure. It will take place Thursday evening at the Academy.
Urban sustainability must begin at a city's basic infrastructure. For Philadelphia, infrastructure means the systems of land use planning, energy, water management and transportation on which the city depends. This months Urban Sustainability Forum will consider the implications of applying "green" principles to these basic elements of city life.

We are honored to have, as our keynote speaker, Philadelphia's new Director of Sustainability, Mark Alan Hughes. Making one of his first public appearances since being appointed to the position, Dr. Hughes will discuss his goal for Philadelphia to "move the sustainability agenda further and faster than any city in the U.S."

In addition, we are pleased to welcome Melissa Wright, from the New York City Mayor's Office, as well as a panel of distinguished experts who will be reviewing the results of the technical workshop "Greening the City's Infrastructure." The workshop, to be held earlier in the day, will bring experts together to develop ways of measuring the city's movement toward sustainability.

Please join us to learn about the ideas and actions that can make Philadelphia "the greenest, most livable city in America.
(More info here.)

We'd like to take this to mean Mayor Nutter is ready to get down to business.

So we're hoping there's a big turnout to show him we've been ready.

See you out there.

** Note: Both forums request attendees rsvp, which you can do by following the links above or below.

Philadelphia City Planning Commission [ Official Site ]
Town Square Forums at the Academy of Natural Sciences [ Official Site ]

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