Growing Greener has been hugely successful, investing directly in vital efforts to conserve special natural places and revitalize communities. However, there are significant issues that must be addressed in order to ensure that Pennsylvania’s treasures will be enjoyed by future generations:
- Between 1992 and 2015, there was a 133% increase in the amount of open space and farmland consumed by residential and commercial development.
- A majority of Pennsylvania municipalities lie in floodplains, and poor land development patterns in these areas have left many communities at risk of flooding that damages property and threatens public safety.
- Over 15,000 miles of streams in Pennsylvania are unsafe for fishing or swimming due to pollution.
- Despite the success of the Agriculture Conservation Easement Purchase Program, hundreds of families remain on county waiting lists to protect their farms.
- A significant portion of Pennsylvania’s population lives in older communities that require urgent investments in projects to improve livability and economic prosperity. These projects include trail construction, rehabilitation of parks and playgrounds, stormwater management, waterfront revitalization, tree cover restoration, and brownfield redevelopment.