2010 Green Infrastructure Summit

April 19-21, 2010
Washington, DC
This year concluded the Alliance for Community Trees’ second-annual Green Infrastructure Summit, held co-jointly at Washington, DC’s Stewart Mott House and the adjoining United Methodist Building. The two-day event featured conversations with the country’s top authorities on forward-thinking solutions to urban environmental health and livability.

APRIL 19, 2010- Evening Reception & Awards Presentation
The Mott House, 122 Maryland Avenue, N.E.
* Public Service Medal
Rep. Doris O. Matsui (D-CA)
The Public Service Medal is awarded to that public leader who has worked most ardently to integrate trees into local, state, or national communities. The recognition is open to any elected or appointed public official whose efforts have made a contribution to urban forestry by improving community trees and the neighborhoods which they are in. This year we recognize Rep. Matsui for her creative and visionary leadership to protect and value urban forests.
* Volunteer of the Year
Bill Pardue, Trees Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)
This honor recognizes volunteers who model the ideals of stewardship, giving, professionalism, and leadership. This is an opportunity for ACT members to nationally recognize outstanding local volunteers. Finalists were announced at the Annual Meeting.
APRIL 20, 2010- Green Infrastructure Summit
The Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, N.E.
Panel Discussions:

  • City Planning- SmartGrowth and Urban Forestry
    J. Blaine Bonham, Senior Vice President, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (moderator)
    Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz (D-PA)
    Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-MD)

    Field Tour: Urban Forest Project DC.
  • Quenching Environmental Thirst- Re-thinking Stormwater Management
    Deborah Weinstein, Senior Director- Natural Urban Systems Group, TreePeople (moderator)
    Jennifer Molloy, Office of Wastewater Management, U.S. EPA
    Sarah Greenberger, Legislative Counsel, Office of Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
    Chris Kloss, Senior Environmental Scientist, Low Impact Development Center

    Field Tour: World Resources Institute.
  • Energy Conservation Starts with Green
    Ray Tretheway, Executive Director, Sacramento Tree Foundation (moderator)
    Brian Keane, Executive Director, Smart Power
    Rodney Sobin, Senior Policy Manager, Alliance to Save Energy
    Allan Hoffman, Senior Analyst- Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

    Field Tour: American Society of Landscape Architects.
  • Creating Livable Communities- Transportation
    Nancy Buley, Director of Marketing and Communications, J. Frank Schmidt (moderator)
    Beth Osborne, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
    Carl Gerhardstein, Director Environmental Systems, CSX Corp.
    Jackie Schmitz, Professional Staff, House Comm. on Transportation

    Field Tour: TBD.
  • (Closed session, recording unavailable)
    Hill Prep Workshop- Lobbying 101
    Congressional Briefing- Leveraging Green in a Recession
    Sponsored by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
    304 Cannon House Office Building

  • Monetizing Trees as Infrastructure
    Dean Marriott, Director, Portland Bureau of Environmental Services
  • Mitigating Sewer Overflows and Flash Floods
    Chris Kloss, Sr. Environmental Scientist, Low Impact Development Center
  • Reinvesting in Real Estate and Safe Communities
    Geoffrey Donovan, USDA Forest Service Pacific NW Research Station
  • Smart Growth Design Standards
    Chad Meadows, Senior Associate, Clarion Associates
  • APRIL 21, 2010- Municipal Sustainability Forum
    The Methodist Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, N.E.
    A. Tree Ordinances and Design Standards
    Instructor: Chad Meadows, Senior Associate, Clarion Associates
    B. Green Jobs
    Instructors: Miquela Craytor (Executive Director), Annette Williams (B.E.S.T. Director), Sustainable South Bronx
    Keynote: Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR)
    C. Capitalization of Trees
    Instructors: Mike Rosen (Portland Bureau of Environmental Services), Scott Fogarty (Friends of Trees), Michael Leff (Pennsylvania Horticultural Society)
    Concluding Remarks: Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)