Summit to Set the Green Agenda

40th Anniversary of Earth Day to Serve as a Measure of Progress
College Park, Md. (March 29, 2010)- The Alliance for Community Trees’ (ACT) second annual Green Infrastructure Summit is poised to capitalize on the momentum on Capitol Hill. With historic legislation that would incorporate green strategies into how we think about energy, small business jobs, community and transportation planning, public health, and stormwater management, policy leaders, greening advocates, and journalists will gather to set the green agenda.

The Summit is a forward-thinking forum on urban environmental health and livability. Joining their voices this year are Gov. Parris Glendening, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Rep. Allyson Schwartz, Rep. Doris Matsui, and Assistant Secretary Beth Osborne (Department of Transportation), Smart Power’s Brian Keane, Carl Gerhardstein (Director Environmental Systems for CSX Corporation), and Jennifer Molloy (Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. EPA) among others.
Dates and Times: April 20-21, 2010, 8am-2pm
Location: 100 Maryland Ave., N.E., Capitol Hill
Also, this year, in collaboration with the Green Infrastructure Summit, ACT will release the first annual Health and Livability Index, a measure of national trends and public policy impacting urban environmental health and livability. Among other findings, the Index will spotlight the Greenest U.S. Cities to live in.
A special Congressional Briefing, sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer, titled Leveraging Green in a Recession, will touch on how trees and green infrastructure are being used to create jobs, mitigate flooding, rescue housing, and improve the economic health of American cities, towns, and villages. Especially now as a down market encourages innovative thinking, “green” offers cross-bottom-line solutions. The Briefing will be on Tuesday, April 20 at 3pm in Cannon 304. Speakers for this briefing include:

  • Dean Marriott, Director, Portland, OR Bureau of Environmental Services
  • Chris Kloss, Sr. Environmental Scientist, Low Impact Development Center
  • Geoffrey Donovan, Research Forester, USDA Pacific NW Research Station
  • Chad Meadows, Senior Associate, Clarion Associates
  • Date and Time: April 20, 2010, 3pm-4:30pm
    Location: 304 Cannon House Office Building
    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:
    More information about the Green Infrastructure Summit
    Summit to Set the Green Agenda (press release)