Members of Congress Discuss Green Agenda

40th Anniversary of Earth Day to Serve as a Measure of Progress
Washington, DC (April 19, 2010)- At this moment when all attention is on the economy, urban forestry is on the front lines of job creation, neighborhood stabilization, and cost effective infrastructure planning (including water, energy, and transportation). No other options provide the range of economic services as green infrastructure. Perhaps more important now than ever, the green industry is a reliable source of good paying, green jobs for every trained worker.

Joining the Alliance for Community Trees’ (ACT) 2010 Green Infrastructure Summit to discuss how green is key to our economic recovery and infrastructure planning are:

  • Rep. Allyson Schwartz will headline a discussion about why the health and livability of our cities and towns matters, the consequences for the future if we don’t meet the challenge of addressing these issues now, and how the Green Communities Act is bringing key partners to the table as we move towards sustainability.
  • Rep. Doris Matsui will make honorary remarks as this year’s recipient of ACT’s Public Service Medal, which honors that public leader whose creative and visionary leadership has worked to protect and value urban forests. Rep. Matsui was chosen as this year’s winner for being the lead voice in Congress for energy conservation strategies that incorporate not only new technologies, but also cost-effective, carbon sequestering, impactful shade trees and green roofs.
  • Rep. Earl Blumenauer is the sponsor of Tuesday’s Congressional Briefing, Leveraging Green in a Recession (Cannon 304). Especially now as a down market encourages innovative thinking, “green” offers cross-bottom-line solutions. This briefing will describe what makes green infrastructure essential when planning and implementing traditional infrastructure projects, and how early and collaborative green designs are often safer, more efficient, and cheaper. Rep. Blumenauer will also join his voice at the Green Infrastructure Summit on Wednesday afternoon to deliver concluding remarks.
  • Sen. Jeff Merkley will deliver Wednesday’s keynote address. As a Senator from the largest nursery producing state, Senator Merkley is ideally positioned to address the value of trees.
  • Rep. John Lewis and Sen. Saxby Chambliss will join us in congratulating this year’s national Volunteer of the Year, Bill Pardue. A volunteer with Trees Atlanta, Bill models the ideals of stewardship, giving, professionalism, and leadership.
  • In collaboration with the Green Infrastructure Summit, a host of meetings on the Hill will join urban and community greening leaders with policy champions including Sen. Barbara Boxer, Sen. Ron Wyden, Sen. Tom Harkin, Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Rep. Kurt Schrader, Rep. David Loebsack, and Rep. Tom Latham.
  • Please plan to join these leaders and other greening advocates to discuss why now is the critical moment to invest in green infrastructure.
    Schedule at a Glance:
    April 19: Awards Reception, 6-8pm (The Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave., N.E.)
    April 20: Green Infrastructure Summit, 7:30am-1pm; Congressional Briefing, 3-4:30pm (Cannon 304)
    April 21: Municipal Sustainability Forum, 8:30am-2pm
    Location: The Methodist Center, 100 Maryland Ave., N.E. (unless otherwise specified)
    More information about the Green Infrastructure Summit is at:
    About Alliance for Community Trees (ACT)
    ACT is dedicated to improving the health and livability of cities by planting and caring for trees. With 170 grassroots affiliates in 41 states, ACT engages volunteers to take action to improve the environment where 80% of people live — in our cities, towns, and villages. Together, ACT affiliates are creating clean air, green streets, and healthy neighborhoods, and have- to date- planted and cared for 15 million trees with help from 10.7 million volunteer hours.
    Related Resources:
    Members of Congress Discuss Green Agenda (press release)
    Summit to Set the Green Agenda
    2010 Green Infrastructure Summit