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All the Places We’ve Been!

Did you receive our exciting December newsletter? If not, here is a version for download. For those of you who missed it, we highlighted some of our exciting events, including our newest Spokesdog winners, Sophie and Josie, and PWD’s involvement in Greenbuild – one of the biggest, greenest conventions to have ever hit Philadelphia.

Our newsletter also details some of our upcoming events in 2014, like our Medallion Design Competition, and the next Green City, Clean Waters information session.

To sign up for future newsletters click here and be sure to check off “Green City Clean Waters.”

Greenbuild 2013!

Greenbuild, the biggest, greenest, and most sustainable convention made its way to Philadelphia this year. The United States Green Building Council celebrated the 20th year of their weeklong conference and expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Philadelphia Water joined over 900 other exhibitors to talk about our City’s exciting Green City, Clean Waters program.

On Thursday, the 21st, Water Commissioner, Howard Neukrug, gave a presentation with Mami Hara and Marc Cammarata. Participants learned more about Philadelphia’s $2 billion investment in green stormwater infrastructure. The presentation also highlighted the program’s goal to create a more sustainable, healthier and livable city. The lecture ended with a breakout session where participants discussed a variety of challenges faced in implementing green stormwater tools. Working together to develop solutions, participants gained a better understanding of how to overcome those barriers and how green infrastructure could play a role in their cities.

Greenbuild attendees could also register for a PWD led tour. Titled, Civil Engineering: Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Leadership, Water Department staff led visitors through the new biogas cogeneration water treatment facility and the Big Green Block. An area in Kensington, this former brownfield site, is now home to a LEED certified highschool and revitalized green space for recreation.

PWD Tours at Greenbuild!

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Did you know that the Philadelphia Water Department is leading a tour during Greenbuildon November 23rd from 8am to noon titled, “Revolutionary Civil Engineering: Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Leadership?” The Water Department has been recognized internationally for its leadership in implementing green stormwater infrastructure and in developing innovative stormwater management and energy solutions at its treatment plants. This is your chance to visit our projects with us! Please join us as we highlight our projects at several sites around the city and reveal the collaborations, expertise and spirit vital to urban sustainability.

Tour stops include a visit to the PWD biogas cogeneration water treatment facility and a recreation center that manages 1.2 acres of runoff and has helped to revitalize a neighborhood and a garden and playground located on a former brownfield site. Water Department leaders will provide details and context for each site as well as a description of the policies, strategies and incentives that impact Philadelphia city-wide. One of the tour goals is to give participants insight into the power of partnership, demonstrating how - government/municipal agencies can partner with communities and the private sector to implement green stormwater infrastructure together. If you’re interested in attending the Water Department’s Tour, you can get tickets online here, where you can also view other tours hosted by the Delaware Valley Greenbuild Council.

We hope to see you there!

Greenbuild 2013 is coming to Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia Water Department (PWD) is more than excited to be a part of the 2013 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. Activities around Greenbuild will go on for almost a week and expect to draw up to 30,000 attendees. The theme, “Greenbuild Nation”, draws on Philadelphia’s roots as the birthplace of the nation.

Greenbuild activities begin on Monday, November 18th with tours of Philadelphia’s sustainable buildings and neighborhoods, including PWD’s own facilities that produce energy from wastewater and the sun. The Conference and Expo run from November 20-22nd showcasing the latest in green building innovative products and services, as well as educational sessions and special seminars. On November 21st at 3:30, PWD will be leading a session called “Reinventing Philadelphia Through Green Infrastructure”. Participants will learn about Green City, Clean Waters, PWD’s plan to invest $2 billion over 25 years in green stormwater infrastructure to create a more sustainable, healthier and livable city. As the first city to receive approval from the EPA to implement this type of program, its success has implications for government officials, product suppliers, and a variety of building professionals. Register for the conference.

If you aren’t up to buying full conference and expo tickets, you can also catch PWD at the half and full day tours on Monday the 18th, Friday the 22nd and Saturday the 23rd. These tours are a great low price options for those who want to explore Greenbuild and experience great projects! Check out the full list of featured tours. Be sure to register ASAP, space is limited!

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