This webpage highlights DVRPC's efforts related to Environmental Planning projects and programs.
Greater Philadelphia is home to hundreds of miles of interconnected multi-use trails. The region also has many opportunities to expand the trail network, such as greenway corridors and disused railroad right-of-ways. DVRPC administers funding programs and maintains resources related to the planning, design, and construction of multi-use trails in Greater Philadelphia.
Greater Philadelphia’s preserved open spaces contribute to local economies and property values, reduce healthcare and recreation costs, protect valuable habitats, and naturally improve the air and water. DVRPC maintains an inventory of the region’s preserved open spaces, and offers other open space planning resources such as funding programs, research, and tools.
Throughout our region, the Delaware River and its tributaries are important natural resources that offer a range of benefits - from ecological to recreational to economic and more. DVRPC engages in a wide range of coastal and waterfront planning to enhance and balance a variety of uses along the waterfront, improve public access and environmental quality, and and help communities adapt to changes in these dynamic coastal environments over time. As part of these efforts, DVRPC administers the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's (PADEP) Coastal Resources Management (CRM) Program in the Delaware Estuary, and completes a variety of other plans and studies aimed at achieving the aforementioned goals.
Global warming seriously threatens built and natural environments throughout Greater Philadelphia. Sea level rise, severe storms, increased precipitation, and extreme heat will lead to flooding, erosion, drought, and even the loss of life and property. Working with its regional and national partners, DVRPC is involved in initiatives like smart growth, floodplain management, asset management, and urban greening that will make our communities more resilient to climate-related threats.
Municipalities in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have decision-making power over many planning and land use issues that impact the natural environment and quality of life. DVRPC offers planning services and technical assistance to municipal governments seeking to protect and improve the environment.