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Natural Awakenings Lehigh Valley

Smart Growth and Sustainability Summit in Bethlehem

RenewLV will host the Lehigh Valley’s second annual Summit for Smart Growth and Sustainable Communities from 8 a.m. to 2:25 p.m., December 5 at the Hotel Bethlehem. The conference will bring together different perspectives to explore the potential for more efficient local government and better outcomes for our region. UPenn Professor of City and Regional Planning Tom Daniels, a national expert on farmland preservation and growth management, will speak.

The purpose of the summit is to find ways to preserve open space while supporting job creation and economic development; prevent increasing suburban sprawl as an unintended consequence of regionalizing water resources; strengthen cities without overburdening suburbs; and break out of the divisiveness that pervades discourse and prepare for future growth that benefits all Lehigh Valley residents. Executive Director Joyce Marin says, “The Summit represents a great opportunity to share information, network and collaborate as we move from ideas to action.”

Cost is $65 per person, including two meals. Location: 437 Main St., Bethlehem. For more information, call Joyce Marin at 484-893-1060 or visit renewlv.org.

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