Now back to the parade.Weavers Way Co-op Sponsors an Evening with Philadelphia Director of Sustainability, Mark Alan Hughes, Sunday, November 9
PHILADELPHIA -- October 29, 2007 -- On Sunday, Nov. 9, Weavers Way Co-op welcomes special guest Dr. Mark Alan Hughes, Director of Sustainability for the City of Philadelphia, to North by Northwest, 7165 Germantown Ave., for a discussion of sustainability issues facing the city. Following his presentation, Dr., Hughes will answer questions. The event takes place from 6-8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.
Since his appointment this past spring by Mayor Nutter, Hughes has served as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor and has been working closely with the Managing Director, Deputy Mayors and other heads of Departments to coordinate sustainability policies across government. Hughes' priorities have included:
"Local governments are on the front lines when it comes to dealing with climate change and environmental issues," Hughes said after his appointment. "Our goal, here in Philadelphia, is to move the sustainability agenda further and faster than in any city in the United States." Prior to his appointment, Hughes had served since 1999 as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Fox Leadership Program.
- Creating and leading a Sustainability Cabinet comprised of department heads and senior administration officials
- Coordinating the sustainability efforts of City agencies and departments and working with a wide range of partners through a Sustainability Advisory Group
- Expanding green building initiatives and the creation of green collar jobs
- Developing a comprehensive plan for auditing and reducing energy use in city owned buildings
"The appointment of Mark Alan Hughes is a major coup for Mayor Nutter and his team," said Bruce Katz, Vice President of the Brookings Institution and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program. "Mark is one of the most creative urban thinkers in the U.S. today and focusing his attention on sustainability matches the right person to the right challenge."
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann said, "Mark is brilliant and indefatigable, and will bring tremendous vision and energy to this critically important new role."
At a press conference to announce his pick, Mayor Nutter urged all organizations and sectors in Philadelphia to lead by example in their sustainability efforts. "If we are going to become the greenest city in the United States," said Mayor Nutter. "Then all of us in Philadelphia need to be working towards that common goal Whether city government, private industry, non-profit organizations, or private citizens, we all need to make every effort to conserve resources, to reduce waste, and to promote sustainable methods of living and doing business."
As Director of Sustainability, Hughes is situated in the Mayor's Office and is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the City's environmental policies and initiatives.
Patrick Starr, Vice President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, welcomed the appointment, saying, "Sustainability is as much about supporting families with good jobs, quality homes, and clean transportation alternatives as it is traditional environmental issues. Mark's policy background and practical experience in these fields will enable him to blend land use planning, housing and green-collar job opportunities into a compelling sustainability agenda for a competitive Philadelphia."
The occasion of this event is Weavers Way's Fall General Membership Meeting, but the agenda consists almost entirely of Dr. Hughes' appearance, and the general public is most welcome. For more information about this event, or about membership in Weavers Way Co-op, visit www.weaversway.coop or call Robin Cannicle at 215-843-6552.