Blog Post By Jona Elwell

Announcing the Green Cities Summit Program

With urban populations surpassing 50% worldwide proper city planning, specifically enhancing green space, should be a priority. The Trees Matter Presents: Green Cities Summit, in partnership with Montgomery Parks, will highlight cutting edge urban forestry and urban planning research in order to inform practitioners and policymakers. We’re happy to share more information about the day’s program!

Check out our website with detailed program information, like speakers and session blurbs! As well as updates on continuing education credit info. Stay tuned to the event website

Opening the day will be the first keynote speaker, Michal Dirr who will discuss his most recent book The Tree Book: Superior Selections for Landscapes, Streetscapes, and Gardens. Featuring trees widely available in the nursery trade, some new and promising choices, and a selection of overlooked options that deserve renewed interest, Dirr will dive into this must-have resource for landscape architects, city foresters, horticulturists, and enthusiastic home gardeners.

Up next are concurrent sessions and then lunch will follow that exciting morning, complete with a poster session! This is an opportunity to explore additional groundbreaking, thought-provoking research and work others in the urban and community forestry field are doing. Plus, you get to interact one on one with the presenters!

We’ll have two more concurrent sessions in the afternoon (with a break in between!). Ending the day will be keynote speaker Sonja Duempelmann will close out the day discussing her intriguing book, Seeing Trees: A History of Street Trees in New York City and Berlin, in which she’ll present the history of street tree planting within its larger social, cultural, and political contexts. Street trees–variously regarded as sanitizers, nuisances, upholders of virtue, economic engines, habitat, and more–reflect the changing relationship between humans and nonhuman nature in urban environments. What a way to end the day at an urban forestry conference!

We’re updating our website with detailed program information, like speakers and session blurbs, as well as continuing education credit info. Stay tuned to the event website

Trees Matter Presents: Green Cities Summit
Wednesday, December 4 | 8am – 5pm | Kellogg Conference Center | 800 Florida Ave NE, W DC

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