March 6-7, 2012
Alliance for Community Trees held its fourth annual Public Policy Summit on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in Washington, DC. This year’s event on Capitol Hill focused on national public policy and educating Congressional leaders about green solutions to environmental, health, and economic challenges facing cities.
Alliance for Community Trees board members, member organization representatives, and Sustainable Urban Forests Coalition partners crisscrossed the Capitol on the beautiful early spring day, meeting with 50 Congressional offices to discuss the value of city trees and encourage smart investment in urban forests.
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ACTrees members from as far as California and Oregon and as close as Pennsylvania came to DC to meet their Members of Congress. ACTrees greeted guests with a welcome dinner on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, before an early morning training session on Wednesday prepared participants for their meetings. See the ACTrees Advocacy Agenda here for our 2012 policy priorities. After a long day speaking with Representatives, Senators and staffers, ACTrees members regrouped at the National Museum of the American Indian to debrief on their successful meetings.
The 2012 Hill Day concluded with a lovely green reception for our outspoken tree advocates hosted by SUFC at the US Botanic Garden. With hundreds of species of trees and plants as a backdrop, environmental champion Rep. James P. Moran (VA-8) spoke to assembled guests about the urgent need for trees and green infrastructure to keep American cities dynamic, growing, healthy and prosperous.
ACTrees promotes domestic public policy that builds greener cities through trees and innovative green space development. Investment in urban forests results in long-term economic and health benefits for communities nationwide. Carry the message to your Members of Congress. TAKE ACTION! Review our tree Advocacy Agenda and reach out to your leaders today.