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 Patti Garrett, Decatur, GA (Invited)
Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director, Tree Pittsburgh
Andrea Lavin Kossis, LEED GA, Riverfront Development Coordinator
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
ADJOURN 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?