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Apply: Green It Up Harrisburg

September 12, 2013

Applications are being accepted through September 24th
for the "Green it Up Harrisburg" Leadership Training, October 8 through November 26, 2013. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and partners are offering the training as part of the City Beautiful 2.0 movement. 

The Environmental Leadership Training will provide participants with the tools and contacts to enable them to become strong community leaders, volunteers, and advocates - and to improve the city of Harrisburg by 'greening it up' - literally. 

This weekly training covers the following eight topics:

  • Developing a Neighborhood Needs Assessment
  • The Importance of Urban Trees
  • Successful Urban Agriculture
  • Dealing with Trash and Litter
  • Urban Water Problems and Solutions
  • Open Spaces
  • Becoming an Effective Advocate and Organizing in Your Community
  • Project Planning 

Each session will be hosted at a different location in the city including many of City Beautiful 2.0's partner organizations. Participants must be able to attend all eight sessions, one per week, and will be expected to spend 40 hours implementing a beautification project within one year of the completion of the training. 

There is no fee to participate, but only 20 spots are available. Additional information and applications are available online at Applications are due by September 24, 2013. 

Pulitzer prize winner and author Tom Hylton will kick off the training series with a presentation on October 8th. Hylton of "Save our Land, Save our Towns," will speak about the major issues communities are dealing with, the root causes, and what can be done to improve our communities and our environment. A focus of the discussion will be on the community benefits of green infrastructure, like trees, and the positive impact trees can have on local water quality.

That event is being held at The Civic Club of Harrisburg and is open to the general public as well as program participants.

For more information on the event and the training, contact Andrew Bliss, Grassroots Coordinator, The Chesapeake Bay Foundation,

Partners include: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, City Beautiful 2.0, Community Action Commission, Covenant Community Corporation, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Green Urban Initiative, Growing Strong, and The Civic Club of Harrisburg.