Sustainable Development Topic at Half-Day Program

Contact: WPI Media Relations, 508-831-5616

WORCESTER, MA - September 12, 2002 - The Worcester Community Project Center and the Interdisciplinary Global Studies Division at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), along with the Worcester Smart Growth Forum will host a half-day workshop on sustainable development in Worcester. The event will be held at WPI's Campus Center Odeum on Thursday, September 26 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The workshop will bring policy makers from Merton, England together with their counterparts in Worcester, Massachusetts to discuss Merton's experience with sustainable planning and how the experience might be applied to Worcester and the Greater Worcester region. Merton, a borough of London, is on the forefront of sustainable planning policy and practice. A historical mill town, Merton has experienced economic restructuring, displacement of workers, and numerous abandoned industrial sites in recent decades. Through the creativity of its government and concerned citizens, Merton has been successful in rebuilding its base while becoming a model for sustainable planning practices.

The event is open to the community, and organizers encourage architects, business people, municipal officials, community activists, scholars to participate. The event will also preserving the environment while at the same time creating opportunities for economic development in the area.

This workshop will mark the first step in a series of activities dedicated to exploring, researching, and promoting future growth opportunities that are economically, socially, and environmentally viable. For more information on the workshop or to register, call (508) 831-6096.