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.