Marcellus Environmental Planning WorkshopsThe Marcellus Environmental Planning Workshops seek to put usable scientific and technical knowledge about planning and design in the hands of individual citizen landowners and their communities and empower them to participate in shaping the landscape that is emerging around them.
Tools developed for the workshops project the land use changes resulting from gas development operations, access roads and pipelines, and are communicated via photo-renderings and GIS-based informational graphics. Changes in forest cover, pathways for invasive species, impacts on water quality and downstream flooding and changes in visual quality are outcomes the tools display.
Marcellus Environmental Planning Workshops aim to assess the following questions:
- Do citizens know what they want and expect from the gas boom, and the questions they need to ask about the future?
- Do they know as much as they need to engage sophisticated and well-funded industry and public representatives?
- Do they know what is possible in shaping their future, and do they feel motivated and empowered to ensure that their future is one that happens?
- Can any planning effort circumvent community feelings of alienation?
For more information on Marcellus Environmental Planning Workshops, contact:
- Tim Murtha, Department of Landscape Architecture, Penn State (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Brian Orland, Department of Landscape Architecture, Penn State (email@example.com)