NeighborWoods Symposium 2008

September 24, 2008
Des Moines, IA
Working with Mayor Frank Cownie and Trees Forever, ACT is staging the full-day Symposium: “Leading the Way to Greener Communities- Where Culture, Economy and the Environment Grow Together.” Nationally recognized urban forestry experts from Washington DC and Chicago will share best practices and successful program models. The event will be paired with a press event and tree planting at a youth facility.

Who should attend: civic leaders and residents who impact city forests such as city management professionals, developers, engineers, landscape architects, neighborhood activists, and media.
The Des Moines tree planting event will engage 100+ youth volunteers and residents to plant 75 trees at a school or recreational facility. The trees will represent a wide diversity of species, with an emphasis on native trees. The planting will demonstrate the public health value of urban forests in supporting healthy, active environments where children thrive.
ACT expects the Des Moines Symposium to be the first in a series of educational events designed to inform and inspire policy makers in U.S. cities.
The Symposium will take place at Hotel Fort Des Moines from 8am to 4pm. Join local, state and national community leaders, policy makers, business professionals, environmental experts and other stakeholders to explore the many benefits and the value of trees and green spaces in the urban setting.
Speakers, panel discussions, and breakout sessions will cover such topics as:
* Public Policies on Green Infrastructure
* Economic Benefits of Trees & Green Spaces
* Recreational & Watershed Considerations
* Native Ecosystems & Biodiversity
* Community & Neighborhood Involvement
Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Environment, will be the luncheon keynote, speaking on How Chicago Went Green: From Vision to Action. Alice Ewen Walker, Executive Director of the National Alliance for Community Trees, will also speak at the Symposium, discussing NeighborWoods Nationwide: Success Strategies and Program Models for Community Greening.
Everyone is talking green these days, and this year’s Symposium will focus on the benefits and value of trees and our green infrastructure- one piece of the green puzzle that is often forgotten. In light of this year’s disastrous flooding across the state, a discussion on environmental and conservation issues couldn’t be timelier! Trees Forever has been promoting tree planting, environmental stewardship, and the greening of Iowa for nearly 20 years.
Prior to the Symposium, on the evening of Tuesday, September 23, Trees Forever is joining with Humanities Iowa to present their “Voices From The Prairie” Annual Iowa Writers’ Celebration: Mixing Sun and Shade. Popular Iowa authors John T. Price and Debra Marquart will share readings on living in a region where the prairie meets the forest. They will be joined by students from Edmunds School in Des Moines, who will share their artwork and stories about trees. The event takes place at Hoyt Sherman Place and starts with a reception at 6pm followed by the author presentations at 7pm. This Humanities Iowa event is Free and open to the public.
The cost of the Trees Forever 2008 Symposium event is $25 for Trees Forever members or $35 for non-members, and includes lunch and refreshments. Advance registration is requested.
To register, call 1-800-369-1269 or visit NeighborWoods Symposium: Leading the Way to Greener Communities.