$1 million EPA grant to promote greener Philly

Penn researchers to use EPA grant to progress green infrastructure

· January 23, 2014, 7:09 pm   ·  Updated January 23, 2014, 9:31 pm

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The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced a $1 million grant to Penn researchers to study adoption of green infrastructure in Philadelphia.

The study is part of a series of EPA grants to five colleges and universities to “evaluate innovative green infrastructure practices in urban areas, using Philadelphia, Pa., as the pilot area,” according to an EPA press release from Tuesday. A total of $5 million was doled among the five schools in a collaboration between the EPA and the city of Philadelphia to implement a green stormwater management system.

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The Penn study, which is headed by School of Design professors David Hsu and John Landis, aims to produce analysis of the green infrastructure markets in Philadelphia that can be used to shape investment and public subsidies. Additionally, the researchers will conduct qualitative policy analysis to “provide a better understanding of how well policies to promote the installation of [green infrastructure] are working in Philadelphia and elsewhere,” according to a research summary on the EPA’s website.

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Hsu and Landis will also produce tools that the Philadelphia government can use to spur innovation and investment.

Other grants went to researchers at Swarthmore College, Villanova University, Temple University and the University of New Hampshire.

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