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Restoring Nature to our Neighborhoods

All about Learning and Fun!

December 10, 2016

Since 2010, our Greenprint Summit has inspired hundreds of people and increased local understanding of the importance of our community's canopy to our health and well-being. Nationally renowned experts have awed us with new research strengthening the case for a continued, long-term, and value-based commitment to growing and caring for our trees. Dozens of local leaders have shared their passion for our urban forest and pledge to their communities to ensure they reap the benefits a extensive, diverse, healthy tree canopy provides.

On January 26, 2017, we invite you to take part in this year's conversation: "Restoring Nature to our Neighborhoods". We are pleased to offer continuing education credits for Summit guests: Certification Maintenance for AICP-APA Planners and 3 CEUS for ISA Certified Arborists, Certified Tree Workers, and Municipal Specialists.

Taking place at the historic Guild Theater in Oak Park, this year's Summit will capitalize on our location. Envision a theater style event (complete with popcorn!) where you will be delighted by an awesome cast, be invited to share your thoughts and opinions, and enjoy food provided by local eateries Old Soul and Oak Park Brewing. Take a look at our Playbill, see our cast below, and register today. The early-bird registration fee of $65 includes breakfast and lunch and is offered through December 31.

Our Cast

SteinbergA long time Tree Foundation supporter, Mayor Darrell Steinberg, is one of Sacramento’s most accomplished public servants. Mayor-elect Steinberg is the biggest cheerleader for our city. Hear his vision for sustainable communities and about how public places and tree canopy play an integral role. 




Katie VG

We can't wait to hear Katie Valenzuela Garcia's talk: "The Case of the Missing Trees," in which she will share the patterns of development symbolized by the presence or lack of trees in a community. She will offer visual evidence related to local communities and provide key examples of ways we can help confront the inequity by focusing on environmental justice principles. Principal at Valenzuela Garcia Consulting, Katie has over 16 years of community development experience. Katie is passionate about helping neighborhood leaders be active participants in decision-making, specializing in organic engagement processes that focus on collaboration, shared ownership, and social equity.



Allen Green’s commitment to sustainable community planning, urban greening, and the power of people to make change has driven his career path from Park Planner, to Design Professor, to Non-Profit Director and creative consultant. Allen will bring a lively show asking us to consider how combining the benefits of urban greening with the benefits of planning, organizing, and mutual learning offer opportunities for growing social capital - making cities friendlier for everyone, for generations to come.


Dr. Greg McPherson is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station located in Davis, CA. He works with a team of scientists to measure and model effects of trees on energy use, urban heat islands, air pollutant uptake, carbon sequestration, and rainfall interception. At the Summit, Dr. McPherson will share data related to the state of our urban forest today as well provide a platform from which we can move forward in growing an insights on how we can work together to ensure future generations benefit from our urban forest.



DesireeIt is always a pleasure to have our previous Deputy Director, Dr. Desiree Backmanjoin us at the Greenprint Summit. This year Desiree will share the results of our research project Green Prescription which provides evidence that more tree canopy equates to better community health. Desiree's passion for our urban forest and public's well-being coupled with her deep understanding of public health behaviors and outcomes have made her one of our community canopy's best advocates.

Our cast is growing each day, so we will keep you up to date! Check out the agenda and register now! Seats are limited.