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“Building Community through Green Infrastructure”

March 26, 2019

Brookside Gardens, Wheaton Maryland

Come spend a day exploring the best practices and collaborations that are addressing urban flooding, health, and engagement with nature. Hear local and national examples of green infrastructure projects, innovative tools, and community engagement.

Speakers include

  • Dr Sam Brody, Texas A & M, Urban Flooding: A growing national challenge to Sustainability

  • Dr Autumn Saxton Ross, Nature Bridge, Access to Nature: A Social and Human Right

  • Nancy Striniste, Early Space, Parks, Nature Play & the Next Generation

  • Scott Walzak, Georgetown Heritage, C & O Canal Redevelopment Project


8:30     Registration

9:00     Welcome

9:25 Dr. Autumn Saxton-Ross  Access to Nature, Social Justice and Community Health.

10:15 Break

10:20 Dr. Sam Brody,  Urban Flooding: Our Growing National Challenge to Sustainability

11:15   Local Story Discussions: Green Infrastructure, Access and Resiliency Part 1: Georgetown C&O Canal Park Development

11:45   Lunch

Exhibits: National Aquarium, NWF, CBT, MRPA, Keep Maryland Beautiful, Bridget’s Art

12:30 Tour of  Brookside Gardens: Landscapes, Learning and Leverage

1:15 Local Stories and Community Engagement (Concurrent Panel discussions)

Tools for Engagement:

Clare Maffei U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Baltimore Biodiversity Toolkit;

Albert Arevalo, Latino Outdoors;

Bridget Parlato, Community Engagement Through Art

Community Stories:

JohnDre Jennings, Druid Heights, Baltimore City;

Beth Sholom Interfaith Greening, Montgomery County;

Town of Edmondston, Prince George’s County

2:00 Break and Afternoon Snack

2:15 Local Story Discussions: Green Infrastructure, Access and Resiliency Part 2: Ellicott City Flood Recovery Planning

2:45     Nancy Striniste, Parks, Nature Play and the Next Generation

3:45    Conclude