ACT Annual Meeting and NeighborWoods Academy 2005

(Charlotte, NC, November 28, 2005) The first annual NeighborWoods Academy reached 66 participants representing 45 nonprofit and urban & community forestry groups from 27 states.


(Charlotte, NC, November 28, 2005) The first annual NeighborWoods Academy reached 66 participants representing 45 nonprofit and urban & community forestry groups from 27 states.
Attendees included urban forestry researchers and leaders representing nonprofit organizations, corporations, academia, and government. Attendees took part in workshops, shared local project ideas and success stories, and learned from one another.
To view the agenda, click here.
Highlights included presentations and roundtable discussions with academic experts Kathleen Wolf, PhD; Lynne Westphal, PhD; and Maureen McDonough, PhD about current social and cultural research linking trees and healthy communities. To view the PowerPoint presentation, click here. A special luncheon presentation from Mayor Jennie Stulz of Gastonia, North Carolina delivered an inspiring address about how to effectively partner with local government.
Participants noted that the topics were relevant, entertaining, and provided useful and applicable information that will strengthen community-based urban forestry programs. In the coming weeks, ACT will summarize materials and post presentations on our website.
We were also pleased to recognize The Home Depot Foundation for its commitment to the National NeighborWoods Program and to honor fifteen NeighborWoods grantees as they begin their year-long projects linking urban forestry with community development. Marcia Bansley of Trees Atlanta was honored with the President’s Award for outstanding leadership and dedication in service to ACT.
Finally, we want to acknowledge the growing expertise of our members. At the National Urban Ecosystems Conference that followed NeighborWoods Academy, ACT members represented almost one-third of all speakers.
It is with your help that ACT’s diverse network continues to build healthy and sustainable communities.