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Growing Greener in Philadelphia

Posted by: amy on July 08, 2011

Image credit: Philadelphia Parks Alliance

The Philadelphia Parks Alliance and several of its collaborators held an event on June 20, 2011, to introduce and answer questions about the state of Pennsylvania's Growing Greener grantmaking program in an informal setting.  Read on for details of the event, including links to the program's website, collaborators, and a written recap.

Event Description

The Pennsylvania Environmental Council, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and the Philadelphia Parks Alliance present

GROWING GREENER in PHILADELPHIA

An educational forum on Pennsylvania's Growing Greener Program.

Monday, June 20, 2011, 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Yards Brewing Company, 901 N. Delaware Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19123

 Pre-event tours of Yards Brewery will be available starting at 5:00 PM.

Click Here to download the event flyer.

A recap of this event is now available via the Philadelphia Parks Alliance.

About Growing Greener

Growing Greener remains the largest single investment of state funds in Pennsylvania's history to address Pennsylvania's critical environmental concerns of the 21st century.  Signed into law on Dec. 15, 1999, and reauthorized in June 2002, this legislation doubled the funding for the Growing Greener program and extended it through 2012. This increased DEP's portion of Growing Greener to $547.7 million from the original $240 million.

The funds are distributed among four state agencies: the Department of Agriculture to administer farmland preservation projects; the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for state park renovations and improvements; and the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority for water and sewer system upgrades.

The total dollar commitment to the Growing Greener Program was doubled from $645 million to $1.3 billion and extended through 2012 by a permanent dedication of a $4/ton municipal waste disposal fee to Growing Greener-- $50 million in FY 2002-03 (the balance going to the General Fund for that one year) and the full $94 million to Growing Greener from FY 2003-04 through 2012.

DEP's portion of Growing Greener more than doubled to $547.7 million over the life of the program, from $241.5 million in the original program five-year program. DEP is authorized to allocate these funds in grants for:

  • Watershed restoration and protection;
  • Abandoned mine reclamation; and
  • Abandoned oil and gas well plugging projects.

For more information, visit Growing Greener at the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection website.

Have Growing Greener grants affected your neighborhood?  Tell us about your experiences in the comments!

Image credit: Philadelphia Parks Alliance