Academy of Natural Sciences joins environmental policy debate

    Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences is aggressively entering the public policy debate when it comes to the environment. WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports.

    Philadelphia’s Academy of Natural Sciences is aggressively entering the public policy debate when it comes to the environment. WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports.

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    Roland Wall of the Academy of Natural Sciences Center for Environmental Policy says they are going to be an environmental advocate and overseer.

    Wall: What we’re going to be doing is to bring the Academy’s iconic role in the community and our long history of doing science to become more of a player in the policy setting.

    Wall says they will also be a factor in bringing people together to help save the environment and plan to use their position as a sort of a bully pulpit to bring about environmental change.

    Wall: Because we are well known to the people of Philadelphia, because we have often played a role in the education of the people of Philadelphia, I think we can continue on to play that public education and awareness role.

    Wall says the center will also work with groups who want to cut back on their environmental footprint by conservation or by bringing unconventional alliances together to help with environmental issues. The center is being funded by an $82,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation.

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