Urban Forests and Local Mitigation Measures: Essential Tools in Climate Change Strategies

Washington, DC (February 7, 2008)- Recent studies indicate that local mitigation measures must play a critical role in climate change strategies. This session will introduce participants to 1) climate change resources for local governments, and 2) a range of climate change activities taking place across the country at the local level, and 3) an in-depth example of planning and climate change activities at work. The session will emphasize the climate change benefits of sustainable urban forest management strategies.

Participants will also receive a detailed look at a cutting-edge urban project designed to improve air and environmental quality, receive SIP credit, reduce stormwater runoff, and increase urban livability through a sustainable tree canopy management and enhancement program.
Mark Sendzik, Ph.D., Environmental Protection Specialist, U.S. EPA
Kim Lundgren, Regional Director, Northeast, ICLEI U.S.A. Northeast Regional Capacity Center
Michael. F. Galvin, Supervisor, Urban & Community Forestry, Maryland Department of Natural Resources
David J. Nowak, Ph.D., Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Catherine M. Miller, Principal Planner-Sustainability, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission
About New Partners for Smart Growth
The 2008 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Washington, DC, hosted attendance of more than 1300 people from across the country for three full days of presentations, discussions, and information sharing. The conference was produced by the Local Government Commission (LGC), with support from a very impressive and multi-disciplinary group of partners and sponsoring organizations, agencies and companies.
Related Resources:
7th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth: Building Safe, Healthy, and Livable Communities