Philadelphia – Introduction

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Philadelphia Urban Forestry Quick Facts

Changes are afoot in one of America’s oldest cities. There’s the new Commission on Parks and Recreation formed in 2009, whose goal is to sustain the legacy of William Penn’s “greene countrie town.”[1] There’s also the Greenworks Philadelphia plan to turn the historic city into America’s greenest city by 2105.[2] And there’s the 25-year Green City, Clean Waters plan designed to “protect and enhance our watersheds by managing stormwater with innovative green infrastructure.”[3] All of these changes share one goal: to improve Philadelphia for the well-being of its citizens.

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[1] City of Philadelphia. Parks & Recreation. The Commission on Parks and Recreation. (accessed Sept. 8, 2012).

[2] City of Philadelphia. Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Welcome to Greenworks Philadelphia. (accessed Sept. 8, 2012).

[3] Philadelphia Water Department. Green City, Clean Water. (accessed Sept. 8, 2012).