2011 Green Infrastructure Summit

April 14, 2011
Washington, DC

The Alliance for Community Trees’ third annual Green Infrastructure Summit was a day-long event to educate Congressional leaders about solutions to urban environmental health and livability. With over 100 new members in Congress, there was much work to be done to educate our leaders on the value of trees in our communities.

View pictures from the 2011 ACT Green Infrastructure Summit:

Trees are essential to the health and livability of our nation’s cities and towns. Clean air, green streets, and healthy neighborhoods are vital for residents of urban areas. At the same time, the wide-ranging impacts of green infrastructure improvements are crucial to the prosperity of the American economy. Domestic policy supporting greener cities through trees, parks, and green space will result in long-term economic and health benefits for communities nationwide.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Together with our partners at the City Parks Alliance, urban greening advocates carried the message for trees and parks to over 100 Congressional offices. A morning Hill Prep session provided an overview of the climate on Capitol Hill, review of legislation and talking points, and “How to Ask” training.

See ACT’s Advocacy Agenda for here.

Congressional Briefing – 1:00-2:00pm
210 Cannon House Office Building
Growing Economic Value for Our Cities: Urban Parks and Trees
This briefing highlighted many of the reasons why green infrastructure is essential for sustaining and growing prosperous, healthy cities. Trees, parks, and urban green space increase property values, maximize infrastructure efficiency, spur growth, and improve public health in the cities and towns where 80% of Americans live. Especially now as the down economy encourages innovative thinking, urban parks, trees, and green infrastructure offer cross-bottom-line solutions.

Speakers for this event include:
* Remarks by Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz
* Jay Jensen, Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, USDA
* Kevin Gillen, Ph.D., Vice President, Econsult Corporation
* Amanda Benner, Director, Plant One Million, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
* Peter Harnik, Director, Center for City Parks Excellence, The Trust for Public Land

View the presentation by Kevin Gillen of Econsult Corporation:

View the presentation by Amanda Benner of Pennsylvania Horticultural Society:

This briefing was free and open to the public. No RSVP required. The briefing was be followed by a Tree Planting at 3:30pm. All were welcome to join us at Massachusetts Ave. and North Capitol Street- right across from The Dubliner.

Related Resources:
Register for the 2011 ACT Hill Day
2010 Green Infrastructure Summit
2009 Green Infrastructure Summit