What is Urban Greening ?
- Facilitating a sustainable relationship between urban dwellers and their environment
- Sustainability is achieved through short and long term economic, social, and ecological well-being
Why is urban greening important?
- Rising energy costs, increased concern about global warming, increased consumption of non-renewable resources
- More livable – Cities with full tree canopies and extensive park systems and trails have higher property values, are safer, and cooler
Our urban greening program implements and supports initiatives that have measurable impact on the livability and environmental sustainability of Lancaster.
Our urban greening program (formerly known as LIVE Green) is working to build strong and healthy communities through environmental projects. This is accomplished by convening key players from all three sectors (nonprofit, for-profit and government) around pivotal opportunities; facilitating and leveraging government and private resources to invest in effective strategies; facilitating direct financial support to the extent possible; and serving as a catalyst for new environmental initiatives.
As part of our Urban Stormwater efforts we have initiated residential outreach in key areas, including helping homeowners install and manage rain barrels and tree plantings. In addition, we were a lead partner in the development and implementation of the Lancaster Roof Greening program.
Over the past several years, we have expanded our reach to urban areas outside of the City of Lancaster, including the Susquehanna Riverlands, Chiques Creek Watershed, and the ELANCO Source Water Collaborative. With these efforts in mind Lancaster Water Week was launched in the spring of 2017 to create a campaign to engage Lancaster County residents about the incredible water resources that exist in Lancaster County.
Urban Greening also works closely with the City of Lancaster in the development and implementation of the green infrastructure plan. To learn more about the City’s efforts to reduce its stormwater overflows visit the Save It! website.
For more information about our programs or how we may be able to help you, please contact Fritz Schroeder, Director of Urban Greening, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-392-7891 x 207.