Alliance for Community Trees Annual Meeting & Member Rally

November 8, 2010
Philadelphia, PA
Loews Philadelphia Hotel

The Alliance for Community Trees annual gathering features fundraising strategies, nonprofit executive networking, grassroots program models and volunteer success stories, and National NeighborWoods Program tools for community organizing. Geared toward nonprofit executives, volunteer organizers, and community advocates, the ACT meeting is a great way to energize and connect with community organizers working to restore tree canopy in cities across the nation.

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Philadelphia is an amazing learning lab for green cities. Join ACT for extended dialogue with some of the nation’s leading green infrastructure innovators and learn how urban forest investments are spurring economic development in Philadelphia and neighborhoods nationwide.

Recovery and Reinvestment in Our Communities

8:00  Networking Breakfast
9:00  Keynote: Dr. Susan Wachter, “Revitalizing Communities with Trees and Green Space”
swachter.pngGreen investment strategies are an increasingly popular part of urban redevelopment because they reap rewards for cities through increased property values.  Why urban green investment strategies?  From the large scale investment of Millennium Park in Chicago to the micro-investment of trees on demand in NYC, when and why do they work? The wide variety of green infrastructure strategies — street trees, vacant lot cleanup, pocket parks, and community gardens — all have impacts.  The talk will address the research methods for pinpointing the value of such green infrastructure strategies based on a Philadelphia case study and examples throughout the country to show how one tree at a time, over time, can revitalize a city.

Dr. Susan Wachter is Professor of Real Estate and Finance at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton, Dr. Wachter holds the Richard B. Worley Professor of Financial Management Chair. Dr. Wachter served as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed position, from 1998 to 2001. Dr. Wachter is the author of over 150 publications and has served as President of the American Real Estate and Urban Economics Association, coeditor or member of editorial boards of numerous journals. Chairperson of the Wharton Real Estate Department from 1996 to 1998, Dr. Wachter has also been a Brookings Fellow, a senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute and is currently Co-Director of the Penn Institute for Urban Research and Director of the Wharton Geospatial Initiative.

10:00 Interactive Dialogue: Urban Financing Models for Green Revitalization
Discussion kicks off with Karen Clancy and Blake Lehmann from Center City District BID about working with Business Improvement Districts to advance city greening. Participants will discuss green financing models and exchange strategies for developing new sources of support, including fee-for-service revenue.
11:00 Membership Highlights and Board Elections
12:00 Luncheon sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation
1:30   Panel: Advancing a National Agenda for Urban Greening
ACT is working with national partners to advance a broad agenda that supports urban greening, with trees as a vital component. Learn about recent legislation and provide input to national advocates about the on-the-ground solutions we need Congress to support.
  • Catherine Nagel, City Parks Alliance: Reinvesting in Urban Parks
  • Gary Belan, American Rivers: Green Infrastructure for Wet Weather Management
  • Greg Lewis, Northeast Midwest Institute: Revitalizing Cities Through Greening
  • Chad Forcey, American Nursery & Landscape Association: Supporting Small Business
  • Kevin O’Hara, American Society of Landscape Architects: Greening Transportation

3:00   Afternoon Break sponsored by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.
3:15   Roundtables

  • Community Engagement Models
  • Urban Forest Councils
  • Trees Are Cool License Plates
  • SHADE Magazine & Publications
  • Urban Forest Research and You
  • Carbon Markets & Urban Forestry
  • PBS Documentary Project
  • Tools & Tips for Field Projects
  • Fundraising Models
  • And more topics defined by you…

4:30 Growing Sustainable Communities: Terri Morton, The Home Depot Foundation
4:45 Closing Remarks: Ray Tretheway, ACT Board President
5:00 Adjourn
6:00 ACT Member Reception

What To Bring
The ACT Meeting is all about exchange and interaction. Your peers want to know what you’re doing and hear about your best ideas. Bring a t-shirt for our T-shirt Exchange, as well as flyers, posters, print-outs, event or fundraising materials, or other cool or quirky items that have helped you engage the public. Show off the smart things your organization is doing and teach others about your success!

ACT’s Annual Meeting and Member Rally take place in partnership with the 2010 Partners in Community Forestry National Conference, held at the same location. Register for both events at the link below.

Pre-Conference Service Event: Bare Root Tree Planting
Sunday, November 7, 2010- 1:00 pm-4:00 pm
Meet in Loews Philadelphia Hotel Lobby

Alliance for Community Trees invites all conference attendees to join ACT members, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, UC Green, Delaware Center for Horticulture, New Jersey Tree Foundation, Old City Tree Tenders, and experienced community organizers from across the country for an afternoon of service in Philadelphia. This exciting, hands-on opportunity features a bare root tree planting in the Philly area. Philadelphia residents are enthusiastic and well-trained tree tenders, working in neighborhoods citywide to take care of their green legacy. This informal event is a great way to exchange ideas on volunteer organizing with other community organizers and observe the little differences that make community forestry interesting in Philly. Volunteers plant as many as 1,000 bare root trees in a single weekend in Philadelphia, so this is also a great way to learn about the logistical demands of bare root tree planting and volunteer deployment.

ACT Annual Meeting and Member Rally registration includes breakfast, lunch and ticket to evening reception. Register now! (Select “ACT Pre-Conference Member Rally”).

Alliance for Community Trees is grateful for the support of The Home Depot Foundation, CSX, J. Frank Schmidt Family Foundation, Bartlett Tree Experts, the USDA Forest Service, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for their support of this event and other valuable ACT programs. Renew your ACT membership on the web or call 301-277-0040 for more information.

Related Resources:
Alliance for Community Trees Annual Meeting
Bare Root Tree Planting Event
Partners in Community Forestry National Conference
Rally for the 2010 Annual Meeting & National Conference