Presentation on the Economic Value of Protected Open Space

I will not be able to attend this, due to a prior commitment, but I pass this on to you should you be interested in hearing more about the study we did for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and Greenspace Alliance on the economic value of protected open space in the Philadelphia five-county region.


The GreenSpace Alliance and the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission are pleased to invite you to hear a presentation of the study Return on Environment: The Economic Value of Protected Open Space in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Date: Friday, February 4, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, 100 N. 20th Street 5th Floor

The presentation summarizes the findings of the first study to quantify the economic value of protected open space in the five-county area. The study shows that preserved open spaces are more than just pretty places, they contribute hundreds of millions to our local economies and property values, help us save on everything from health care to recreation, and they perform valuable ecosystem services that naturally improve the air we breathe and the water we drink. The PowerPoint presentation is designed to make the study findings accessible to a broad audience. We hope you will join us.

The complete study First Edition is available for download at www.greenspacealliance.org/home/whatsnew.asp and www.dvrpc.org/openspace/value/. The Final Edition will include a new stormwater case study by the US Forest Service as well as the appendices and will be available at www.greenspacealliance.org and www.dvrpc.org/openspace/value/ the week of February 1.

Also note that we have a presentation/training scheduled for stakeholders who would like to give the PowerPoint. We will share presentation tips and discuss effective answers to address common questions we have heard. This meeting will be held February 16th, at 9:00 a.m. at DVRPC, 190 N. Independence Mall West, (6th and Race), Philadelphia, PA 19106, 8th Floor. Another reminder for this meeting will be sent out in early February.

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