Recap: "Sustainability and the City Budget" forum

Weekly Press: Nutter addresses sustainability and city budget at Academy of Natural Sciences Town Square Forum

Raymond Simon reports on last week's Urban Sustainability Forum entitled "Sustainability and the City Budget: Choices and Trade-Offs for Philadelphia."

PLUS: Listen to PennFuture's podcasts of interviews with several of the forum's presenters.

Not only did all of the speakers share Mayor Nutter’s belief that sustainability is possible, they also presented sustainability as being both desirable and essential to the city’s continued vitality.

Sustainability refers to using natural resources prudently, as well as to a way of life that integrates sustainable methods of resource consumption. In laymen’s terms, sustainability equals green. For example, the Web site of the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability says that Mayor Nutter would like to see Philadelphia become the greenest city in America (

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.

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