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Camden Highlights Sustainability Efforts at 2013 Camden SMART Forum

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January X, 2013

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Camden Highlights Sustainability Efforts at 2013 Camden SMART Forum
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Camden’s 2013 Sustainability Address & Launch of New Sustainability Initiative

Camden, NJ – The Camden SMART Initiative, spearheaded by the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, will host the 2013 Camden SMART Forum at the Adventure Aquarium on Thursday, January 24th. This informative event will highlight the environmental successes of the past year and green opportunities for the future of Camden.

Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd will deliver Camden’s 2013 Sustainability Address where she will review the environmental successes of 2012, including Camden’s Sustainable Jersey certification. Her insightful speech will focus on environmental sustainability and discuss green strategies and opportunities for the upcoming year. Mayor Redd will also announce the launch of the Camden Collaborative Initiative (CCI), a partnership between all levels of government, and local Camden non-profit and for-profit agencies to identify and eliminate gaps and barriers to sustainable development and smart growth. To date the list of partnering organizations includes, the Environmental Protection Agency, the New Jersey Department of Environment Protection, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, and members of the Camden SMART Initiative. CCI partnering organizations will communicate information on funding, technical assistance, and best management practices to help address the sustainability needs in Camden.

The forum also includes a presentation from Matthew J. Millea, Deputy Executive from Onondaga County, NY, entitled “Save the Rain,” highlighting successful green infrastructure strategies from Syracuse, NY.

The Camden SMART Initiative is a public-private collaboration that focuses on developing a comprehensive network of green and grey infrastructure programs and projects in Camden to alleviate the severe flooding issues the City faces on a regular basis to restore and revitalize neighborhoods. With Camden’s future tied to the environmental and economic health of the region, sustainability is a fundamental component of the city’s revitalization strategy. With sustainability in mind, the Camden SMART Initiative continues to work towards improving air, water, and climate quality; preventing neighborhood flooding and reducing combined sewer overflows; developing environmental policy; creating sustainable green jobs; adding recreational amenities and open space; providing economic development opportunities; beautifying neighborhoods; and increasing property values.

“The benefits this initiative brings to the City of Camden are immeasurable,” said Anthony Perno, CEO of Cooper’s Ferry Partnership. “This Forum is just one more way for us to spread the word about this initiative and encourage residents to get involved.”

“In the first two years alone, the initiative has resulted in the construction of over 20 demonstration projects throughout the city, including rain gardens and rainwater harvesting projects, designed to capture, treat, and infiltrate over 1.5 million gallons of stormwater each year,” added Camden Mayor Dana L. Redd. “We hope that by raising awareness, more residents will embrace this cause and start working cooperatively towards a better community.”

For more information about the Forum or the Camden SMART Initiative, please visit www.camdensmart.com.

About the Camden SMART Initiative:
The Camden SMART Initiative is a public-private collaboration that focuses on developing a comprehensive network of green and grey infrastructure programs and projects in Camden to alleviate the severe flooding issues the City faces on a regular basis. The Camden SMART Initiative is a partnership between the City of Camden, Cooper’s Ferry Partnership, the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, the New Jersey Tree Foundation, and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

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