Growing Greener is responsible for many significant, lasting improvements in communities across Pennsylvania. By directing critical investments to various conservation, recreation, and revitalization efforts, Growing Greener has helped:
- Preserve more than 520,000 acres of prime Pennsylvania farmland threatened by development by purchasing conservation easements on 5,000 family farms. The protection of fertile agricultural lands is crucial to sustain local economies, ensure food security, and preserve Pennsylvania’s treasured rural heritage.
- Conserve over 200,000 acres of open space since 2006. These natural lands are home to diverse flora and fauna, and they provide a wealth of recreation and education opportunities for Pennsylvanians.
- Reduce flooding and restore the health of Pennsylvania’s rivers, streams, and lakes through hundreds of projects focused on watershed protection, water treatment improvements, and facility upgrades.
- Celebrate Pennsylvania’s rich history by promoting the cultural and recreational assets in Heritage Areas across the commonwealth and encouraging the preservation of historic sites.
- Revitalize communities with the construction of parks, trails, neighborhood gardens, and green infrastructure that form the foundation of healthy lives and sustainable futures.
Polls show that the public consistently supports programs that protect the environment, boost the economy, and enhance quality of life throughout Pennsylvania. Growing Greener has also received bipartisan support from voters, legislators, and governors for more than a decade because it is an effective catalyst for real improvements across the commonwealth.