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Penn IUR Presents Voices on America’s Urban Infrastructure

In response to President Trump’s promise to “build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports, and tunnels, and railways”, the University of Pennsylvania’s Institute for Urban Research asked experts on urban development what they think the US needs to do to address urban infrastructure.   The responses, which included former PWD commissioner Howard Neukrug,
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Philadelphia launches green jobs plan

The City of Philadelphia is advancing its ambitious plan to create 10,000 green jobs over the next 10 years. The Philadelphia Energy Campaign is part of the Philadelphia Energy Authority’s plan to create energy efficiencies, taxpayer savings and sustainable jobs. The $1 billion investment will be aimed at municipal buildings, public schools, low and moderate
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Penn researchers calculate the cost of urban blight

The University of Pennsylvania’s Urban Health Lab recently published a longitudinal study that calculated the financial impacts and economic returns of eliminating local, urban blight. The research team studied over 6,000 abandoned buildings and vacant lots across Philadelphia and calculated that cost of remediation at about $2,550 and $1,597, respectively, with an additional $180 in annual
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William Penn Foundation invests $100 Million in the Rebuild initiative

In November the William Penn Foundation made an announcement of their historic investment of $100 Million to the Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative (“Rebuild”) as part of Mayor Kenney’s plan to transform city parks, libraries, recreation centers, and playgrounds to enhance community life in neighborhoods across Philadelphia. In a press release, Shawn McCaney, the William Penn Foundation’s interim
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Mayor Michael Nutter recognized by ASLA with the Olmstead Medal

At the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Landscape Architects in New Orleans, the Honorable Michael Nutter was bestowed the Olmstead Medal. The Olmstead Medal recognizes “individuals, organizations, agencies or programs outside the profession of landscape architecture for their environmental leadership, vision and stewardship”. Mayor Nutter was recognized for championing several initiatives during his
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Philadelphia Land Bank welcomes 2 new Board Members, including SBN’s own, Anna Shipp!

This month the Philadelphia Land Bank welcomed two new board members including Anna Shipp, Project Manager of SBN’s GSI Partners! The Philadelphia Land Bank is a quasi-governmental board that oversees the transfer and reuse of tax-delinquent or vacant property for public benefit or to be resold for re-development. The board includes lawyers, policy experts, and government administrators. 
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TEND Landscapes, Organic Mechanics Soil Company, and Fine Garden Creations complete Rittenhouse Square renovation

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia’s iconic six-acre park, recently completed its first renovation since 1913. GSI Partner members TEND Landscapes, Organic Mechanics Soil Company, and Fine Garden Creations were contracted by Friends of Rittenhouse Square to create a plan that would respect the park’s history, improve its function, and maintain it using organic methods.  Read more about
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GSI Partners/BIA Green Committee Design Charrette

On May 12, the BIA’s Green Committee, along with SBN’s GSI Partners, facilitated a Design Charrette on Options for Residential Stormwater Management to explore innovative opportunities for managing run-off from residential developments, especially the smaller projects that don’t currently trigger PWD’s Post-Construction Stormwater Management (PCSM) Requirements.  Engineers, architects, landscape architects, and developers all put their heads together,
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Office of Sustainability Kicks Off Greenworks Engagement Sessions

Mayor Kenney reaffirmed his commitment to Philadelphia’s sustainability plans by announcing a series of public engagement opportunities designed to solicit input from stakeholders on the next version of Greenworks, the City’s sustainability framework.   The new Greenworks will build upon the success of the first program, launched in 2009. That 8-year plan had five areas
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Private Project Finalists Announced: Excellence in GSI Awards

  Congratulations to our four finalists for the Private Projects Category of the 2016 Excellence in GSI Awards Ceremony! Finalists in the remaining three categories will be announced in the coming weeks: Early Adopters Research Leadership Public Project Finalists were announced last week.   CIRA GREEN Cira Green is Philadelphia’s first elevated public park and first blue-green
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