What the Partners Say

Woodwell, Davitt; Brethauer, Kirk; Glotfelty, Caren
August 2005
Planning;Aug/Sep2005, Vol. 71 Issue 8, p41
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The article presents information on the Natural Infrastructure Project aimed at regional planning in Pennsylvania. Davitt Woodwell, Vice-President of Pennsylvania Environmental Council, says this project was a group effort that allowed the council to gain a better understanding of the natural infrastructure of Southwestern Pennsylvania. In so doing, it came up with methodology that uses geographic information system as an analytical tool. He further says, any region has to have an understanding of its natural infrastructure in order to do good planning. This approach gives one the information one needs to analyze changing uses and to make tradeoffs. According to Kirk Brethauer, Data Services Director of Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission, geographic information system really gave this project a boost. Caren Glotfelty, Environment Program Director at Heinz Endowments, says the company had been pushing for a more regional approach to planning for a long time. It saw the natural infrastructure project as a way to advance that cause. It has already led to a broader approach to transportation planning on the part of the state's metropolitan planning commission.


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