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TIGER grants will get economy moving

The White House has announced $1.5 billion for special transportation grants as part of the massive federal stimulus program passed over a year ago. Andrea Bernstein tells us about the potential transportation projects to come.

American Public Radio MARKETPLACE reports on the transportation funding for trails.

New bike paths for region, courtesy of U.S. stimulus

Inquirer reporter Paul Nussbaum reports on Philadelphia and Camden receiving transportation stimulus funding for trails
February 18, 2010

Ten new bike and pedestrian paths will be built in Philadelphia and South Jersey with $23 million in federal stimulus funds, local officials announced today.

The trails will fill in some of the gaps in a planned 108-mile network that eventually will link Philadelphia, Reading, Chester, New Hope, Cherry Hill, and Trenton.

PEC and Bicycle Coalition play key role in securing $23 million in stimulus funding for regional trails

PEC and the Bicycle Coalition coordinated the grant proposal that was recently awarded federal stimulus transportation funding
February 17, 2010
Philadelphia, PA - The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) worked with six counties and agencies in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to secure $23 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Discretionary Grant Program.

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A "green" city plan to reduce storm water runoff

Philadelphia Inquirer reporter Sandy Bauers looks at Philadelphia's new stormwater fee structure - featuring comments by PEC Sr. VP Patrick Starr
February 5, 2010
By Sandy Bauers
Inquirer Staff Writer

Storm water is nasty and dirty and can cause flooding. So the sooner it gets off a property, the better.

But it's about to become valuable stuff in Philadelphia. Businesses can make money by embracing it. Or face losing money if they let it go.

This week, the Water Department is sending notices to 79,000 commercial customers about a new billing structure for storm water that will begin in July.

As always, there will be winners and losers.

Susquehanna Greenway Symposium

Event Date: 
2010-03-18
Join PEC and other members of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership for this symposium featuring Dan Shilling, author of Civic Tourism: The Poetry and Politics of Place.

Susquehanna Greenway Symposium


Using civic engagement to create healthy, sustainable Susquehanna communities

Stimulus money helps township detention basin into ponds and meadow

Allentown Morning call reporter Patrick Lester reports on Lower Macungie's stormwater BMPs, including commentary by PEC Program Manager Liz Feinberg
January 28, 2010

by Patrick Lester
The Morning Call
http://www.mcall.com/news/local/all-a5_5pond.7154586jan28,0,3597499.story 

With its triad of concrete channels running along flat, treeless green space, an 81/2-acre strip off Sauerkraut Lane in Lower Macungie Township is hardly a scene of beauty.

''It looks like an alien landing strip,'' Rebecca Kennedy said. ''It's a green desert.''

"Complete the Schuylkill River Trail" Walk - Bartram's Garden to Dupont Crescent

Event Date: 
2010-02-27
Join us for a walk through sections of the Schuylkill River Trail (East Coast Greenway section).
9:30 AM to 12:30PM 

13th Annual Southeast EAC Conference

Event Date: 
2010-04-10
Register now for the 13th Annual EAC Conference, where EAC members come together to share best practices and discuss innovative environmental solutions in our towns.
 

LOCATION:
Abington Friends School
Jenkintown
575 Washington Lane
Jenkintown, PA 19046 (Click here for directions)

TIME: 9:00 am – 2:00pm.  

Green leap forward for city

Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece by PEC Sr. VP Patrick Starr
January 21, 2010

By Patrick Starr

This week, Mayor Nutter signed Philadelphia's first green building law, requiring that new city-owned buildings of a certain size must meet heightened environmental standards. The mayor and City Council deserve credit for a measure that will improve the city's finances and sustainability.