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Smart Talk: Law students offer sustainability ideas; Fallingwater could get international honor

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 18, 2015 3:21 PM
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Photo by Scott LaMar/WITF

What to look for on Smart Talk Thursday, February 19, 2015:

In an ideal world, natural resources would be conserved and every development decision a municipal government makes would be made with the environment in mind.

Historically that hasn't been the case though.  However, there are municipalities and cities that are making sustainability a significant part of any decisions they make today.

Against that backdrop, the city of Harrisburg and the Widener School of Law are involved in a project that has been described as a "win-win."

Widener law students offered ideas to the city and how to maintain or improve sustainability and even suggested changes in law while the city got free legal advice and maybe some concepts it can use.

On Thursday's Smart Talk, we'll learn about the project from Distinguished Professor John Dernbach, co-director of the Widener Environmental Law Center, law student Pia Aklian, and Harrisburg city Solicitor Neil Grover.

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Neil Grover, John Dernbach, and Pia Aklian

Also, architect Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece Fallingwater has been nominated to UNESCO's World Heritage List.  If confirmed, Fallingwater would join only 22 other sites in the United States on the list.

Fallingwater's director Lynda Waggoner appears on Smart Talk.

Finally, WITF's Drugs and Young People Forum airs Thursday night at 8:30 on WITF-TV.  Host Nell McCormack Abom provides a preview. 

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-02-19 09:20

    Sandy writes:
    Sounds great!

    How can other local municipalities sign up? Only after you have done what you can for Harrisburg, of course!

    Thanks for the great work!

  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-02-19 09:25

    David writes:
    Building codes, are developed by a model code organization, the International Code Council (ICC) and change every three years. Originally, PA was to adopt them every three years, but the cycle has been changed to six years. ICC has begun incorporating sustainability provisions but those particular codes have not been adopted by PA.

  • Lisa img 2015-02-19 09:31

    Rather than penalize those who don't recycle, how about rewarding those who do? Lowering trash removal rates for those who recycle would be a huge incentive to recycle. Or conversely, if costs of recycling don't permit that, then charge those who don't recycle an additional fee for not recycling. I've also heard of municipalities that go around and randomly check household trash at curbside and give rewards to household that are recycling.