March 19, 2009
Smart Growth intersects with urban forestry on many levels: energy costs, crime, livability/sustainability, and more. Urban design is no longer isolated solely to buildings. Trees are part of the natural infrastructure, and their beneficial effects on urban landscapes are becoming better known. Understanding SmartGrowth trends can help you position your projects and programs to better integrate with building and land use trends. “Green infrastructure” is a term that is appearing more and more frequently in land conservation and development discussions.
SmartGrowth and Urban Forestry- Part II: City Planning Resource List
Dan Kildee, Treasurer, Genesee County (Genesee, MI)
Facing shrinking populations and declining investments in center cities, Genesee County aggressively targeted empty lots and vacant properties with innovative strategies to reclaim underused property, redevelop it with public capital, and sell it- improved and at a profit- to property managers and homeowners. Some of the strategies included green infrastructure and urban greening, land banking, land trusts, and collaborative community planning processes.
Dan Staley, Urban Planner (Aurora, CO)
Tree people don’t typically speak planning-ese and engineering-ese, so Dan’s approach to city planning is to have the planners and engineers reach out to the tree people and work with them on how to talk to planners and engineers about strategies to overcome the challenges of denser development.
Webcast attendees will learn:
* What is green infrastructure, urban greening, and land banking.
* Challenges of creating attractive and healthier built environments.
* Financial sustainability and how these programs are cost effective.
* What authority and partnerships are necessary.
* Why include trees in planning.
About the Third Thursday Webcast Series
The Third Thursday Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
CEU Approved: 1 Hour
CFE Category 1 Approved: 1 Hour