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Joanne M. Throwe, Director of Environmental Finance Center, National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education
About the Environmental Finance Center – The organization is made up of 10 regions that cover the US. South Central Pa., and is served by Region 3 which is based in the University of MD (all regions are based in universities). Their vision statement is to “provide innovative solutions to manage the costs of environmental protection and improvement”. They work with public and private sectors to promote a sustainable environment that addresses the “how to pay” issues. They currently are working as the selected consultant on planning services funded by the National Fish and Wildlife grants.
Topic - As the keynote speaker Joanne will discuss her experience with assisting communities to plan and implement sustainable infrastructure. This will include a snapshot of the current condition and approach to the country’s infrastructure along with some suggestions toward improvement. She will specifically discuss how the drainage component to the infrastructure requires a new approach to match budget constraints and increased pressures. In outlining this new approach, she will discuss the specific needs for collaboration of municipality’s efforts, integration of all public works activities and planning, new and innovative funding possibilities and overall public awareness and support.