Climate Change and Asheville's Urban Forest

November 14, 2019 @ 5:00PM — 7:30PM

How the urban forest can make Asheville more resilient

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Join us to learn about how Asheville's trees are helping to mitigate the effects of climate change and make our city more resilient

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BACKGROUND

The City of Asheville has been a Tree City USA for nearly 40 years. Asheville GreenWorks has been instrumental in helping the City attain and maintain that status by mobilizing volunteers to plant and care for trees throughout its 47-year history.

As the city has grown and changed, the focus of GreenWorks’ tree work has evolved from a focus on beautification and greening to a more holistic approach to protecting and enhancing Asheville’s urban forest. With the rapid pace of development in Asheville during the last decade, along with increased local threats of climate change such as extreme heat and flooding, GreenWorks is charting an innovative plan to address climate change at the local level through protecting and enhancing the urban forest.

A group of volunteers formed the Tree Protection Task Force in 2017, under the auspices of Asheville GreenWorks, to advocate for protecting the trees that make up the urban forest of Asheville. Since that time, the Tree Protection Task Force has supported the City of Asheville's efforts to conduct a gap analysis, review the City's tree ordinances and conduct a study of the change in urban forest canopy cover over a ten-year period.

Armed with this information, the Task Force will launch the Asheville Climate Action Initiative and the Cool Green Asheville campaign to address the steady decline of our urban forest tree canopy and advocate for greater green infrastructure in Asheville.

Trees in front of Grove Arcade by Matthew Karsten

Photo credit: Matthew Karsten, https://expertvagabond.com/asheville-things-to-do/



ABOUT THE EVENT

Climate Change and Asheville's Urban Forest will take place at The Collider, a mission-driven collaborative focused on solutions for climate change, located in the heart of Downtown Asheville. The event will open with a networking reception with complimentary drinks provided by Noble Cider and food courtesy of Whole Foods.


EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

EVENT M.C.: HELEN CHICKERING, BLUE RIDGE PUBLIC RADIO, HOST OF ALL THINGS CONSIDERED



FEATURED SPEAKER: CINDI SULLIVAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TREES LOUISVILLE


Other highlights include:

  • Networking reception from 5:00 to 5:30PM with complimentary food and drink
  • Public release of the City of Asheville's tree canopy study and how it relates to climate resiliency
  • Presentation by the NASA DEVELOP Team
  • Overview of the Asheville Climate Action Initiative and the Cool Green Asheville campaign
  • Roundtable discussion and Q&A with subject matter experts, including:
    • Amber Weaver, Office of Sustainability, City of Asheville
    • Stephen Hendricks, Chair, City of Asheville Urban Forestry Commission
    • Ashley McDermott, Sunrise Movement Asheville
    • Geoffrey Habron, Professor at Furman University and member of the Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment (SACEE) at the City of Asheville
    • Dawn Chávez, Executive Director, Asheville GreenWorks


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