Sustainability and the importance of open space are issues that are putting Philadelphia on the map and defining the City's future. These important topics will be discussed during Valley Talks this spring, sponsored by Valley Green Bank and the Friends of the Wissahickon.
This lecture series takes place at Valley Green Inn and both lectures are free and open to the public; refreshments will follow.
-- The Importance of Open Space in an Urban Environment will be presented by Andrew M. Loza on April 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Loza is the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association and will discuss the benefits of open space and how it affects our lives, livelihoods, and well being.
He leads public policy initiatives, develops technical guidance, and implements technical assistance and education programs. PALTA helps land trusts and other conservation practitioners improve their effectiveness, build public understanding, and advocates for better governmental policy. This is a joint program of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society/Friends of the Wissahickon Easement Program.
-- Katherine Gajewski will present Sustainability in Philadelphia on May 15, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Gajewski is the Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia and is responsible for coordinating the implementation of Greenworks Philadelphia, the City's comprehensive sustainability plan.
She will discuss the implementation of this program which involves working with partners in city government as well as with external stakeholders. Launched in 2009, Greenworks has received local, national, and international attention and has positioned Philadelphia as a leader in urban sustainability.
Valley Green Inn is located on Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park. Register for this event by contacting Sarah Marley at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-247-0414 ext. 109. Spaces are limited.