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Part 2: Lawn Conversion and Green Infrastructure–Why and How?


Join WeConservePA and guest speakers from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Bureau of Forestry, Rural and Community Forestry section for a two-part presentation on the whys and how-to’s of lawn conversion and green infrastructure.

Staff from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council will review how meadows can be integrated into the built environments of our cities and towns. The presentation will include tips and strategies on (1) how to communicate benefits with neighbors and stakeholders, and (2) how to overcome barriers like weed ordinances, aesthetics concerns, and common misconceptions about lawn conversion.

This presentation follows-up on Part 1, which addressed lawn conversion funding and technical assistance, along with the basics of designing and implementing projects.



Susan Myerov | Susan Myerov, AICP joined PEC in 2013 as Watersheds Program Director, where she leads PEC’s watershed program strategy and stormwater management education programs. Myerov has over 25 years of experience in public, private, and non-profit organizations, concentrating on watershed, land use, and open space planning projects.

Paul Racette | Paul Racette has worked as the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s (PEC) Watershed Programs Manager for the Southeast office since 2006. Racette has over 30 years of environmental science experience with federal agencies, private consulting groups, and educational/nonprofit organizations.

Diana Maher | Diana joined the PEC team in February 2022 to support the clean water programs, focusing on stormwater management and restoration. Before joining PEC, Diana worked as the Education Coordinator for Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area, where she developed and organized environmental education programming for different audiences in the heritage area.

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