FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 6, 2019
Contact: Josh Raulerson, Pennsylvania Environmental Council
Riverfront North Partnership Recognizes Patrick Starr
Philadelphia — The Board of Directors of the Riverfront North Partnership (RNP) this week formally adopted a resolution recognizing founding board member Patrick Starr for his service to the organization. Starr, Executive Vice President of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), attended his final RNP board meeting on Monday. He was the organization’s first Board Secretary at its inception in 2004 and has served continuously ever since.
The resolution cites Starr’s many accomplishments on behalf of RNP, including his efforts to secure its initial funding, his leadership in the planning and development of the North Delaware Riverfront Greenway, and his work to ensure broad-based support and engagement among stakeholders and community organizations.
“We are grateful for his indefatigable determination in the face of complexity,” the resolution reads, “[and] we are in his debt for his guidance for over two decades of vision and completion of much of the Greenway, as well as the flourishing of our organization.”
“It’s rare that such a great ‘marriage’ is made between a visionary leader like Congressman Bob Borski and a get-it-done organization like PEC,” Starr said. “PEC’s been working on greenways and conversion of brownfield sites for decades, and the North Delaware Greenway is exactly that. It’s been one of the privileges of my career to work with Bob and the entire Northeast Philadelphia community leadership; this was totally a team effort.”
Through Starr’s efforts, PEC has played a pivotal role in RNP’s history, convening the task force that founded the organization (then known as the Delaware River City Corporation). In 2005, PEC facilitated the creation of the master plan that guided the first phase of Greenway development between the Betsy Ross Bridge and Linden Avenue.
About the Pennsylvania Environmental Council
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council is a statewide organization that brings people, government, and business together to find real-world solutions for environmental challenges. These solutions bring about sustainable communities, protect our water resources, and address energy and climate issues. PEC was founded in 1970 and serves the entire state through offices in Luzerne, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and State College.
For more information, visit www.pecpa.org.