Saturday, April 29, 2017

Temple receives EPA grant for brownfield clean up

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $200,000 grant to Temple University Friday for a project that will clean up and reuse 161 acres of brownfield properties in Philadelphia’s Kensington neighborhood.

Temple is the first university to win an EPA brownfield area-wide planning grant, which fed approximately $4 million into 20 communities in 16 states last year. The Kensington project is expected to contribute to health, environmental and economic improvements for the area.

“Helping build healthy and resilient communities is an EPA priority,” EPA Regional Administrator Shawn M. Garvin said. “This funding to Temple underscores the university’s environmental leadership and commitment to improving the health and future of its neighboring communities.”

Using the grant, Temple’s Center for Sustainable Communities will partner with several local community groups, including the Kensington Community Development Corp. and city organizations, to plan and design uses for the brownfield properties. Throughout the project, the planners will carry out numerous community outreach programs and meetings to ensure the inclusion of those affected by its efforts.

“Community involvement and participation is integral to this project,” director of the Center for Sustainable Communities Jeffrey Featherstone said.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20460

Center for Sustainable Communities 260 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30303

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