Green Cities Conference in Newburgh May 31


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This Urban Forests & Green Infrastructure for Health, Resilience & Sustainability conference is the first full-day Growing Green Cities program being presented as part of a new regional planning, outreach, demonstration and research project about the benefits of urban forests and green infrastructure for human health and wellness, energy efficiency, community development, and a range of social benefits relevant for small cities and other communities in the region. The program is designed to bring together science and design perspectives relevant for health and resilience, climate change preparedness, clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals, watershed and ecosystem restoration, and community revitalization and resilience. Lunch and refreshments are included in the cost of the program. This program is designed for a broad audience including municipal leaders, planners, landscape architects and other design professionals, and others working in sectors including community development, health care, healing and wellness, education, environmental and social justice, and civil society initiatives.

Five continuing education credit hours for registered landscape architects licensed in New York State are pending for this program. (Planners and arborists seeking AICP or ISA credits can contact simon(dot)gruber (at) for updates on potential credits for these certifications.) Community Sponsor registrations will enable us to provide one free spot for people from Newburgh or other communities who are unable to afford the registration fee, and anyone who needs a reduced rate registration should contact Simon Gruber at the email above.

Michael Ciaravino, City Manager, City of Newburgh
Franco Montalto, Drexel University and eDesign Dynamics
Denisha Williams, Being Here Landscape Architecture & Environmental Design
Lindsay Campbell, USDA Forest Service Northern Research Station
Karen Eberle-McCarthy, Downing Park Planning Committee, & City of Newburgh CAC
Simon Gruber, CUNY Institute for Sustainable Cities
Andrew Reinmann, CUNY Advanced Science Research Center & Hunter College
Gary Lovett, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies
Nadine Medina, Barton & Loguidice
Anne Meore, Bon Secours Charity Health System, & Planthrophy
Jesse Sarubbi, Cornerstone Family Healthcare
Paul Mankiewicz, The Gaia Institute
Paul Beyer, NY State Department of State Office of Planning and Development (invited)
Rachel Holmes, The Nature Conservancy (invited)

In the first half of the 19th century, the first landscape designer in the U.S., Andrew Jackson Downing, was born and worked in Newburgh. He articulated a new vision of the importance of urban parks and green space for civilizing cities and creating opportunities for all people to enjoy healthy outdoor spaces as a central priority for improving the quality of life. The Growing Green Cities initiative is designed to build on Downing’s legacy and on other more recent green infrastructure initiatives to chart how Newburgh and other communities can be showcases for cutting-edge ideas and strategies to make our urban, built environment healthy, prosperous and resilient for the 21st century. The program features speakers on research, planning, design, and health and healing initiatives to improve the health, energy efficiency, and social fabric of urban neighborhoods and other communities with urban forests, street trees, parks, gardens and green infrastructure.

This program is presented with the support of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and many other sponsors. A full list of sponsors will be posted shortly.

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