Diane Lucas (BS CRP'15)
Diane Lucas (BSCRP ’15) turned her undergraduate classroom experience into real life community development. Diane is employed with Tetra Tech in Langhorne, PA, a company that specializes in Environmental Engineering, Science and Sustainable Community Development.
While a student in the CRP program at Temple, Diane studied the East Parkside neighborhood of Philadelphia for a group project in her Urban Form and Design course. “The project was an excellent learning experience. The neighborhood and residents intrigued and inspired me, and the potential for a revival of the neighborhood into a beautiful, sustainable urban area for all ages and incomes was evident to me,” Diane said.
Working with Gina Behnfeldt, Vice-President of Economic Development Services at Tetra Tech, Diane set up a meeting with a representative of the East Parkside Community. “We had a tour of the area and discussion about the community revitalization goals. I felt my colleague shared my enthusiasm for the potential that existed”. The mission for Gina was to find the capital the neighborhood needed for improvement projects, which she secured through private investors, and progress is being made toward redeveloping abandoned properties. A 30-unit LEED Platinum apartment building is currently under design with the hope of more to come. “Seeing actual progress being made has made me extremely optimistic about the future of sustainable urban development,” says Diane. “Every renewal project large or small that breaks ground is a great achievement towards the making of great neighborhoods for all people”.