Symposium on Urban Environmental Issues in the 21st Century

Posted by on September 15, 2006

The Penn Institute for Urban Research
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
The Media & Policy Center Foundation

Invite Penn alumni to

Growing Greener Cities:
Symposium on Urban Environmental Issues in the 21st Century

October 15 ? 17

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA


Inspired by the PBS film series “Edens Lost & Found,” this national symposium promotes sustainable urban environments and the role of community-based participation. Sessions will focus on how integrated management of natural resources, including water, air, land and greening of the environment fosters social, economic and environmental revitalization of cities.

Professionals from across the country should attend who are involved in urban planning, redevelopment, design, horticulture, public health, advocacy and municipal administration as well as students, academics, activists, greening leaders and civic leaders.

Featured speakers:

–Wangari Maathai, 2004 Nobel Peace Prize; Founder, Green Belt Movement

–Samuel Assefa, Deputy Chief of Staff, Economic & Physical Development, Office of the Mayor, City of Chicago

–Alexander Garvin, President and CEO, Alex Garvin & Associates, Inc.

–Neal Peirce, columnist, Washington Post

–Lily Yeh, Founder and emeritus Executive Director, The Village of Arts and Humanities

Online registration, the complete program featuring over 60 leading practitioners and researchers, speaker bios, hotel information, and directions are available at

Please join us for this exciting event!

Dr. Wangari Maathai’s public lecture, sponsored in part by the Penn Office of the Provost’s Global Forum, is free and open to the public. To register for this lecture only, please go to (See item #2A above)

The Penn Institute for Urban Research is dedicated to fostering increased understanding of cities and developing new knowledge bases that will be vital in charting the course of local national and international urbanization. By providing an umbrella structure for the urban focused scholarship, research and civic engagement within Penn?s twelve schools, the Penn IUR provides the synergy needed to address urban challenges in the 21st century. As a campus-wide institute, Penn IUR sponsors a number of initiatives, stimulates research, provides opportunities for collaborative instruction and engages with the world of practitioners and policymakers. For more information, go to:

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