SmartGrowth and Urban Forestry

November 8, 2007
National Webcast
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.

Downloadable Resources:
SmartGrowth and Urban Forestry- Part I Resource List
Ben Welle, Trust for Public Lands (Washington, DC) In collaboration with Greg McPherson, Trust for Public Lands has been conducting studies on the economic benefits of urban parks to cities, specifically their stormwater retention. In addition, the study looked at property values, surveyed parks users, and extrapolated on health affects and medical costs. It was funded by a NUCFAC grant in 2005, and preliminary data will soon be available.
Dannielle Glaros, formerly of Maryland’s SmartGrowth Office (Annapolis, MD) In 2002, Dannielle started working with the State of Maryland in a new office, the Governor’s Office of Smart Growth. Through this position, she worked inside state government to influence policy, work on legislative issues on behalf of the Governor, and bring together various state agencies and nonprofits in collaborative efforts to change the development pattern in Maryland and revitalize urban areas. Since then, she has also worked as a consultant with various organizations such as Smart Growth America, where she created the National Smart Growth Council.
Brown Bag attendees will learn:
* What is SmartGrowth and does it differ between public and private sector.
* How tree advocates can best align with SmartGrowth.
* Ensuring compatibility with community standards and SmartGrowth principles.
* Who to contact and what programs may be of assistance.
About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Brown Bag Lunch Series is a monthly webcast held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The overall goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The series is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups. While the webcasts are open to all, the content is most likely to be of interest to practitioners who work directly with the public, volunteers, or youth.
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.