November 15, 2021 /
Jona Elwell

The Human/Forest Nexus: Today’s Natural Infrastructure Solutions Leading to Tomorrow’s Climate Resiliency

Between November 15 and 19, the DC Environmental Network, along with over 26 local, regional, and national environment and community focused organizations will be hosting a special series of virtual panels looking at climate change, the “Next Big Thing” facing Washington, DC and surrounding region, and new and innovate ways we can mitigate and adapt to the climate crisis.

Casey Trees will be hosting a panel discussing how forests and green infrastructure can support resilience in DC, the nexus between humans and natural infrastructure in a changing climate, and how innovative changes in forestry, land conservation, and climate policy at different levels of government can enhance the resilience of our communities into the future. Panelists include:

  • Jessica Sanders, Executive Director, Sacramento Tree Foundation
  • Bob O’Connor, Director, Division of Conservation Services, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Kelly Collins Choi, Director of Policy and Land Conservation, Casey Trees (Moderator)

The following week, attendees will reconvene to participate in a panel of local decision makers to report the findings from each panel. Attendees will include Councilmember’s Mary Cheh, Charles Allen, and Janeese Lewis George, People’s Counsel Sandra Mattavous-Frye, DC Climate Commission Chair Uwe Brandes, and DOEE Director Tommy Wells. We will hear their thoughts on DC’s response to the climate crisis and what they see as the “Next Big Thing” for the District.

Click here to register for the panels and view the schedule.