‘Sustainability in Philadelphia’ lecture on Tuesday

A free lecture entitled “Sustainability in Philadelphia” will be presented by Katherine Gajewski on Tuesday. The presentation is part of the “Valley Talks” lecture series, which is sponsored by the Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) and the Valley Green Bank.

The FOW is a non-profit that serves the Wissahickon Valley to restore historical structures, eliminate invasive plant species, monitor watershed management issues, and restore park trails. The Valley Green Bank is a Northwest Philadelphia bank.

Guest speaker Katherine Gajewski is the director of sustainability for the City of Philadelphia. Her responsibilities include Greenworks Philadelphia, an city initiative to transform Philadelphia into the greenest city in the U.S. through a comprehensive sustainability plan.

At the public event, she will discuss the implementation of the Greenworks program including partnerships with city government and external stakeholders.

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Maura McCarthy, executive director of the FOW, is excited for Gajewski to speak about Greenworks plans for the city.

“With the recent announcement of the Green City, Clean Waters plan along with the addition of new park land and recreation facilities in the city, Philadelphia has never had such a strong focus on sustaining its open space and natural resources,” said McCarthy. “It is a very exciting time in Philadelphia and Ms. Gajewski is an integral part of it.”

The lecture will be held at Valley Green Inn, located on Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park, at 6 p.m. in the evening. Contact Sarah Marley at marley@fow.org or 215-247-0414 ext. 109 to register.

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