Building Our Best Cities: Envisioning a Connected Urban Forest
The 2016 Mayors’ Symposium & Tree City USA Celebration
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
The Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center
225 Chester Ave SE, Atlanta, Georgia
10:00 a.m. WELCOME from Robert Farris, Director, Georgia Forestry Commission
Greg Levine, Co-Director, Trees Atlanta
Dan Bauer, President, Georgia Urban Forest Council
Connecting Pittsburgh with Trees by Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director, Tree Pittsburgh and Andrea Lavin Kossis, LEED GA, Riverfront Development Coordinator, City of Pittsburgh
11:00 a.m. PANEL DISCUSSION: Planning and Designing Our Cities with Trees
Moderator: Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, urban planner, designer, and author
Mayor Patty Garrett, Decatur, GA (Invited)
Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director, Tree Pittsburgh
Andrea Lavin Kossis, LEED GA, Riverfront Development Coordinator
City of Pittsburgh
Walter Brown, Green Street Properties (Invited)
Tim Keane, Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Community Development, City of Atlanta
12 Noon LUNCHEON & STATE ARBOR DAY CEREMONY
Robert Farris, Director, Georgia Forestry Commission
Dan Lambe, President, Arbor Day Foundation
Governor Nathan Deal (Invited)
State Arbor Day proclamation
Recognition of new and renewing Tree City USA communities, Tree Line USA utility companies, and Tree Campus USA colleges
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. PRESENTATION: CREATING A LONG-TERM VISION FOR CITY GROWTH AND TREE CANOPY PRESERVATION
Ryan Gravel, AICP, LEED AP, Founder of the Atlanta Beltline
The Mayor’s Symposium is an opportunity to network with partners while learning best practices for supporting a model urban tree program. Participants can expect to come away with answers to these questions:
What have other cities done to overcome the costs and challenges of making space for trees?
What are the new ideas for more innovative urban forestry practices in our growing cities?
How can master planning for communities help cities protect the urban forest?
How can we improve how we communicate our message with citizens, city leaders/officials and the development community?
What does it take to grow an urban forest in your city?
How can we connect these valuable greenspaces across the region?