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TOMORROW: EPA Chief, Mayor Nutter to Highlight Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Release Date: 04/20/2011
Contact Information: EPA Press Office,

WASHINGTON – Tomorrow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson will join Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to highlight the Philadelphia Water Department’s green stormwater infrastructure investments, particularly the Big Green Block initiative, a collaborative sustainability project at and around Shissler Recreation Center. The two will be joined by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz and Amanda Benner of the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, and will plant a tree at the project site.

This initiative is part of Philadelphia’s Green City, Clean Waters plan, the city’s strategy to invest in stormwater infrastructure and water resource protection and management. Green infrastructure reduces water pollution by capturing and filtering rain runoff using green roofs, permeable materials, alternative street and building design, trees, rain gardens and rain harvesting systems. Tomorrow’s event continues EPA’s week-long Earth Day recognition. Administrator Jackson has visited a number of places throughout country to highlight initiatives that promote sustainability and the protection of human health and the environment.

WHO: U.S. EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter
Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz
Amanda Benner, Pennsylvania Horticulture Society

WHAT: Green Stormwater Infrastructure Event and Tree-planting

WHERE: Kensington High School of the Creative and Performing Arts
1901 N. Front Street (outside)
Philadelphia, Pa.

WHEN: Thursday, April 21, 1:30 p.m.

This event is open to the press. Media wishing to attend can RSVP to