“Celebrating Community Character Stewardship"
Annual PA Wilds Dinner & Champion of the Pennsylvania Wilds Awards
Thursday April 27, 2017
Please join us to celebrate a milestone year for the PA Wilds! Core partners involved in the Wilds work just completed a strategic organizational integration that will allow the Wilds effort to flourish for years to come. The theme of this year’s event is “Celebrating Community Character Stewardship.” The event kicks off at 3:00 PM with a networking cocktail reception featuring PA Wilds exhibitors.
Keynote Speaker: Ed McMahon, Urban Land Institute
Ed McMahon is nationally known as an inspiring and thought provoking speaker and leading authority on topics related to sustainable development, land conservation, smart growth, and historic preservation. Ed's passion and expertise for community character inspire creativity and action. A national expert in sustainable development, Ed McMahon is an attorney, community planner, lecturer and author; he is currently a Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C., where he holds the Charles Fraser Chair for Sustainable Development. Before joining the Urban Land Institute in 2004, Ed spent 14 years as the Vice President and Director of Land Use Planning for The Conservation Fund. Over the past 20 years, Ed has drafted numerous local land use plans and ordinances and organized successful efforts to acquire and protect urban parkland, wilderness areas and other conservation properties.
Ed is a Trustee of the Orton Family Foundation and is also the co-founder and former President of Scenic America, a national non-profit organization devoted to protecting America’s scenic landscapes.
Updated PA Wilds Design Guide: The PA Wilds will also be unveiling the new edition of the award-winning PA Wilds Design Guide for Community Character Stewardship, which has been updated to include many great design examples from around the region over the last decade.
The evening will end with the presentation of our PA Wilds Champion Awards. Learn more about the awards and Nominate a Champion here.
This is an amazing year for the Pennsylvania Wilds effort and we’d love it if you would join us April 27 to celebrate!