Greenprint Summit 2017: It's a Wrap!
January 27, 2017
We could not have wished for a better line up of speakers for this year's summit! Congressman Ami Bera started off our day by reminding us about what commitment to our region and the well-being of our community means. Mayor Steinberg asked that we all imagine a city where together we are working for the common good. Cheryl Dell, President and Publisher of the Sacramento Bee, reminded us of Sacramento's long and much celebrated history of planting and caring for trees. Together they set the stage for our urban forest experts and community advocates.
Urban Forest Rock Stars, Kevin Jefferson of Urban Releaf, Dan Flanagan of Friends of the Urban Forest, and Dr. Greg McPherson took us an journeys we won't forget. Kevin shared this inspiring video
highlighting community involvement and civic engagement. Dan inspired us
with the story of how San Franciscans are showing commitment to their
urban forest through the passage of Proposition E. Greg reminded us that our urban forest requires our continued commitment. He noted that California's urban tree canopy, ranking 50th in the United States at just 15%, has an asset value of $181 billion. This means that for every dollar spent on our urban forest $2.20 is returned. Imagine the difference increasing our canopy percentage will have!
With tremendous enthusiasm, our community advocates took the stage: Katie Garcia-Valenzuela, Vicky Blocker, Tim Vendlinski, Fatima Malik, Nailah Pope-Harden, Eileen Pena, and Steve Harriman wowed us! From saving our elms and our watershed to greening our neighborhoods, parks, schools, and open spaces, these advocates shared their visions for local community improvement through action and advocacy.
Thank you to our sponsors: PG&E, the Sacramento Association of Realtors, SMUD, Mann Made Resources and the Davey Resource Group. Their support brought these speakers as well as Dr. Desiree Backman and Allen Green to the Summit. One of our participants summed up the event nicely, "I liked everyone's enthusiasm for connectedness in this [idea] to grow our city's trees." Our success in restoring nature to our neighborhoods relies in the passion, support, and care of all of us - together we will do this.