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Greenways Leadership

Potomac Conservancy – Hedrick Belin, President
Potomac Conservancy – Hedrick Belin, President
In the face of ongoing regional development and population growth, the Potomac Conservancy has been a force for stewardship and conservation of the Potomac River and its shorelines of Maryland, Virginia, Washington, DC and West Virginia. Through hands-on education and community engagement, the Conservancy has led with action to protect what is often referred to as “The Nation’s River”. One such effort is its Growing Native Initiative. Each fall, volunteers of all ages collect native hardwood and shrub seeds, which are then planted in the Potomac streamside regions ensuring regeneration and watershed protection.
 
Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
Karl Dean, Mayor of Nashville, Tennessee
In 2009, Mayor Karl Dean formed the Mayor’s Green Ribbon Committee on Environmental Sustainability which in turn recommended a comprehensive open space plan. Recognizing an opportunity to further conservation, as well as the local economy, Mayor Dean responded by issuing the Nashville Open Space Plan in the spring of 2011. Today under his leadership, the city is working to complete its vision of a network of greenways connecting residents and visitors to the community’s natural and cultural assets while delivering conservation, economic growth and wellness benefits to Nashville.
 
Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia
Michael A. Nutter, Mayor of Philadelphia Accepted by Rina Cutler, Deputy Mayor, Philadelphia and Howard Neukrug, Commissioner, Philadelphia Water Department
Mayor Michael Nutter has a bold vision for Philadelphia - to be America’s greenest city by 2015. He also has a plan. Greenworks Philadelphia, launched in 2009, sets key sustainability targets for the city’s transformation, such as improving stormwater management. Instead of more pipes and paved stormwater basins, an abundance of green streets, school yards, and neighborhood parks will naturally infiltrate water and reconnect it to streams and riverside greenways. In 2011 this green vision achieved a new milestone with the Green City, Clean Water agreement. The program initiates visionary stormwater management that will also connect city residents to parks and other green spaces while driving economic redevelopment in some of the city’s most distressed neighborhoods.
 
Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, United States Senator Texas
Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, United States Senator Texas
For more than a decade and a half, Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has nurtured and championed the vital connection between a strong state economy and its water resources, forests, cultural heritage and diverse landscapes. She has been a staunch leader for the conservation of some of the state’s finest natural assets and knows they have both ecological value and economic potential. Senator Hutchison’s support for conservation of critical forest watershed lands and sustainably managed working forests has added more than 26,000 protected acres while benefiting the regional economy. She has also supported El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail, which crosses 1,000 miles of the Texas landscape.