"Big Green Block: Using Sustainable Neighborhood Initiatives to Attract Private Investment"
Speaker: Shanta Schachter, Deputy Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation
The New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) engages in real estate development, economic development, land management, neighborhood planning, community organizing and other related activities. In 2009, NKCDC launched its Sustainable 19125 initiative with the goal of making the 19125 zip code the most sustainable in the city. One program under this effort is the Big Green Block.
Through a partnership with the Office of Sustainability, Philadelphia Horticultural Society and Philadelphia Water Department, the NKCDC sought to leverage city investment such as the LEED New Kensington High School in their neighborhood and to focus efforts in a 20 acre block area.
The NKCDC with the assistance of PHS developed a master plan, which included 16 locations to implement green stormwater management infrastructure. Projects completed to date include rain gardens at the Shissler Recreation Center, water-themed murals, public parks and walkways, and educational signage.