ACTrees is pleased to highlight opportunities from partner and peer organizations for continuing education, conferences, and training seminars. Attending these events can help ACTrees member organizations:
- Increase cross-disciplinary knowledge.
- Build non-traditional partnerships.
- Expand access to tools and resources.
Check this page frequently for updated learning opportunities throughout the urban greening community. For a full list of events and, in some cases conference proceedings, visit Events Archive.
March 17, 2011
In promoting the value of urban forests, successfully cultivating repeat volunteers can become your most effective strategy for spreading the word, facilitating projects, and building broader support for your mission. Consistently retaining volunteers requires an investment of time, training, and other resources to sustain the overall quality of your relationship. Retaining volunteers develops a corps of supporters who may become your future project leaders, donors, political advocates, and best ambassadors for the message that trees matter.
February 17, 2011
Natural disasters can wreak havoc on the lives and landscapes of impacted communities. Hurricanes, floods, ice storms, tornadoes, and other serious natural hazards have the potential to devastate cities large and small, and to destroy the urban forest in the process. Natural hazard management presents the tools to properly prepare for and respond to the threat of major storms, beginning with a “right tree, right place” approach for planning prior to planting. Coordinated efforts among city leaders and urban forestry managers– including elected officials, nonprofits, municipal agencies, utilities, tree care companies, and citizen foresters– can help minimize damage by and to trees during natural disasters.
January 20, 2011
With emissions regulations on the horizon in the U.S., there is rising interest in the carbon sequestration and storage functions of urban trees. How does this unique function present a potential funding opportunity for municipal or nonprofit organizations? Carbon markets deal in the buying and selling of credits for emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide. Trees remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and store the carbon in their trunks, branches, leaves, and roots. Local community groups engaged in restoring urban tree canopy may have a valuable role to play in carbon markets by developing or participating in mitigation and offset projects.
November 8, 2010
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.
October 21, 2010
ACT’s Annual Meeting & Member Rally will take place on November 8 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, immediately preceding the Partners in Community Forestry National Conference. Plan to join friends and colleagues in Philadelphia for urban forestry’s premiere educational and networking conference. With an emphasis on partnerships, collaboration, and shared successes and challenges, this year’s conference promises a dynamic program, engaging events, and practical ideas and partnerships that you can implement when you return home.
October 19–22, 2010 and March 8–11, 2011
The Institute for Conservation Leadership offers this opportunity to discover your unique capacity to lead! Develop a leadership style that takes advantage for your unique personal traits. Be ready to tackle any situation through greater awareness of your individual strengths and confidence to impact others. Develop life-long leadership skills to create productive teams, address conflicts, and build the trusting relationships we all need to succeed.
October 7, 2010
1:00 — 2:00pm EDT
The volume of information we’d like to track can be overwhelming. Which volunteers will attend this weekend’s events? What are the demographics of my supporters? Am I properly leveraging the time, talents, and financial support of my members? Why does someone donate to my organization? Etc. etc. Similarly, there are a variety of methods to track it such metrics. A commercial sector strategy for consolidating constituent data into one place and making systems work together has been gaining popularity in the nonprofit sector recently. It’s called Constituent Relationship Management (CRM). CRM is the set of processes and supporting technologies used to acquire, retain, and enhance constituent relationships. Ultimately, enhancing the constituent relationship can mean increasing event attendance, overall volunteerism, supporter satisfaction, and even donation amounts and frequency, which all help to advance your mission.
October 6, 2010
“Planning the Urban Forest” is a hands-on training workshop for professional planners on integrating best practices in urban forest protection and development into the planning process. It will introduce participants to concepts of the urban forest and how planners and allied professionals can quantify its benefits in social, environmental, economic, and other terms.
October 5–7, 2010
Join municipal arborists, public works managers, urban forest managers, landscape design professionals, planners, non-profits, public health advocates, and those interested in community trees from across California and the nation for the 2010 California Urban Forest Conference.