Friends of the Wissahickon Hosts Popular Valley Talk at Valley Green Inn 

Univest sponsors a talk on Philadelphia’s sustainability plan, Greenworks

PHILADELPHIA – Oct. 25, 2017 – Join Friends of the Wissahickon on for the next lecture in its fall Valley Talks series when Christine Knapp, director of the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, discusses the city’s sustainability plan – Greenworks. This broad initiative aims to make Philadelphia a sustainable city for all by realizing ambitious visions on food, water, air, energy, climate, natural resources, transportation, waster, and civic engagement. The talk will be held on Thurs., Nov. 2, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Valley Green Inn.

Previously, Knapp was deputy chief of staff and director of government affairs for the Philadelphia Water Department and the director of outreach for PennFuture. She also worked on local air pollution and recycling issues at Clean Water Action. She received the Florence Neilson Award for her work at the Recycling Alliance of Philadelphia and the Special Recognition Award from PhilaPOSH for building alliances between environmental and labor movements. Knapp serves as past president of the Passyunk Square Civic Association, was a 2010 Center for Progressive Leadership Political Fellow, and was recognized by Leadership Philadelphia as one of 101 “emerging connectors.” She also serves on the boards of PennFuture and the Citizen’s Planning Institute, and on the editorial board of Flying Kite.

Valley Green Inn is located on Forbidden Drive in Wissahickon Valley Park. Sponsored by Univest, the Valley Talks lectures are free for FOW members (check e-mail for a registration link or contact to register) and $10 for non-members. A complimentary wine and cheese reception follows. Registration is recommended as seating is limited.

About Friends of the Wissahickon

Founded in 1924, Friends of the Wissahickon (FOW) is the oldest and largest nonprofit volunteer organization working in partnership with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation to preserve and restore historical park structures and trails, eliminate invasive plant species, and monitor watershed management issues throughout the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park. With more than one million visits annually, this northern stretch of Fairmount Park was declared what is now known as a National Natural Landmark in 1964. Follow FOW on Facebook and Twitter. For more information or to become a member, visit

About Univest

Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary, Univest Bank and Trust Co., Member FDIC, has approximately $4.5 billion in assets and $3.4 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business. Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of more than 50 offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley and Lancaster, as well as in New Jersey and Maryland and online at