Please join us for our May SEE Workgroup meeting. Our guest speaker, CJ Berg, Energy Innovation Analyst in APS’ Customer Technology Product Development Team will be discussing APS’ new Take Charge AZ Pilot Program that offers free EV charging equipment, as well as installation and maintenance, available to municipalities and other sectors. In the second half of our meeting, time will be allotted for community updates and to pose energy efficiency-related questions/challenges in need of input and assistance.
SHADE is an award winning all day educational conference hosted by the Arizona Nursery Association (ANA) that offers 5 different tracks: Pest Management & Plant Health, Design, Trees, Irrigation, and Innovative Landscape Trends. Each track consists of 6 one hour sessions on hot topics in the industry. For more information regarding sessions click here to read the brochure and to register please visit the ANA website (deadline passed).
The Regional Tree & Shade Summit 2.0 was a huge success, thanks to our partners, sponsors, and volunteers. We had over 200 attendees from across Arizona that came to learn more about improving urban forestry in the desert with water and planning constraints in mind. Continue reading →
Urban forestry is critical for providing access to nature and ecosystems services to the dense living populations within Arizona urban areas. A well-established urban forest provides clean air, wildlife habitat, and cooling effects while promoting a sense of place and community in an area. Maintaining a cohesive urban forest enhances a community, more fully integrating it into nature. Arizona State University’s Sustainable Cities Network is hosting the second Regional Tree and Shade Summit in March 2016. Held at ASU Downtown’s AE England Building, this one day event will provide public, private, and nonprofit organizations with the tools, strategies, and best practices for urban forestry management in the arid southwest.
The Summit is free to attend and is open to municipal, private and nonprofit sector professionals and active citizens. It is being hosted in partnership with ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network and the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, the cities of Avondale, Mesa, and Phoenix, Downtown Phoenix, Inc., the Arizona State Forestry Division, and USDA Forest Service. Funds for this project were provided by the Urban and Community Forestry Financial Assistance Program administered through Arizona State Forestry – Urban and Community Forestry Program, and the USDA Forest Service.
Keynote Speaker – Dr. Greg McPherson
Dr. Greg McPherson is a Research Forester with the USDA Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station located in Davis, CA, Greg grew up under a canopy of American elm trees in Howell, Michigan. Despite attempts to save the trees, all were lost to Dutch elm disease, and having felt the sting of that loss he became a green accountant, developing new methods and tools for quantifying the value of nature’s benefits from city trees. 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. Their research is helping justify investments in urban forest planning and management. In 2000, Greg received the International Society of Arboriculture’s L.C. Chadwick Award for Research. Greg was a co-founder and Chair of the Tree Growth and Longevity Working Group and serves on the California Urban Forest Advisory Council. He attended University of Michigan (BGS), Utah State University (Masters in Landscape Architecture), and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (Ph.D. Forestry).
Brad Lancaster is a dynamic teacher, consultant, and designer of regenerative systems that sustainably enhance local resources and our global potential. He maintains the www.harvestingrainwater.com website, filled with a wealth of information learned from being a Watershed Specialist. His hometown projects have included working with the City of Tucson and other municipalities to legalize, incentivize, and provide guidance on water-harvesting systems, demonstration sites, and policy. Brad’s aim is always to boost communities’ true health and wealth by using simple overlapping strategies to augment the region’s hydrology, ecosystems, and economies—living systems upon which we depend.
Kieran Sikdar is a Water Resources Engineer with Watershed Management Group. He combines his experience as a Civil Engineer (MS), Certified Floodplain Manager, and Certified Water Harvesting Practitioner with over 10 years of experience in cost benefit analysis, green infrastructure/low impact development design, watershed restoration, and permaculture design. His focus is to implement water-harvesting practices on a broad scale as critical flood mitigation and stormwater infrastructure to shade and beautify our communities while repairing our urban watersheds.
Regional Tree & Shade Summit 2.0
Branching Out One Community at a Time
March 9th, 2016 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
AE England Building
ASU Downtown Campus
424 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
This event is free to attend; however, registration is required to plan for seating and food/beverage.
Join us as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 9 Administrator Jared Blumenfeld presents ASU’sSustainable Cities Network with the EPA’s Environmental Award for Green Government.
This award recognizes programs that promote collaboration, cost-savings, and sharing of best practices with other governmental organizations. Share in the success of the Sustainable Cities Network at the award presentation.
As former director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, Jared Blumenfeld focused on environmental-justice issues, working with residents and businesses, other city agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community groups to promote air quality, food availability, renewable-energy systems, sustainable land use, and greenhouse gas reduction. He joined the U.S. EPA in 2010.
Parking is available at the Fulton Center garage on the northeast corner of University and College Avenue. Your ticket can be validated at the event.
Date: Monday, March 4, 2013
Time: 3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Location: Wrigley Hall, Room 481 Arizona State University, Tempe campus (refreshments will be provided)
The anticipated attendance for this workshop is between 50-70 municipal employees and/ or tribal community members. Sponsorships are available and sponsors will receive recognition on promotional materials at the workshop.
– Morning refreshments sponsor: $400-$500
– Lunch sponsor: $500-$800
*For more information on the workshop and/or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Donna DiFrancesco at (480) 644-3334 or at Donna.DiFrancesco@mesaaz.gov.
Date: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Time: 8:30am-4:00pm Location: Glendale Public Library Main Auditorium
5959 West Brown Street, Glendale, AZ 85302
Who Should Attend?
Municipal professionals in storm water management, engineering, planning, landscape architecture, parks and recreation, and other departments associated with infrastructure management.
What is LID?
Low Impact Development (LID) is comprised of a set of site-design approaches and small-scale practices to manage, capture, and infiltrate storm water for beneficial use as close to its source as possible. A good LID plan provides integrated solutions to reducing storm water pollutants, improving water quality and watershed conditions, and preserving trees and natural vegetation. Ideally, LID would decrease the cost of municipal storm water infrastructure and help preserve and/or enhance our urban green spaces.
Within the next 5 years most cities in the Valley will be required to submit LID plans as a part of their storm water permitting process. A good municipal LID plan requires the cooperation of many internal and external development-related professionals and departments. This one-day workshop provides the opportunity for you to enhance your understanding of LID and to network and learn from other professionals working in our region.
8:30 – 9:00 : Registration and Refreshments
9:00 – 9:15 : Welcome
9:15 – 10:00 : Keynote speaker – Brad Lancaster, Designer, Consultant and Co-founder of Desert Harvesters non-profit organization.
10:00– 10:30 : What is LID? Why is it Important regionally?
Eileen Dunn, Arizona Department of Environmental Quality
10:30-10:45 : BREAK
10:45– 12:00 : Existing Regional Tools
Kimberly Brewer, Tetra Tech – examples from San Diego to Phoenix
Jenna Cleveland, Graduate Student, The University of Arizona, Water Resources Research Center – Tool kit
12:00 – 1:00 : LUNCH
1:00 – 1:30 : ROW Examples
James DeRoussel, Watershed Management Group
1:30 – 2:00 : Public Facility Examples
Grant McCormick, Campus Planner, The University of Arizona
2:00 – 2:30 : Permeable Paving Examples
Glendale Park & Ride – Tom Kaczmarowski,Sr. Civil Land Development,Engineer, City of Glendale
2:30 – 2:45 : BREAK
2:45 – 3:15 : Urban Forest and Urban Heat Island
Richard Adkins, Parks and Recreation Department, Forestry Supervisor, City of Phoenix
3:15 – 4:00 : Barriers & Solutions Panel Discussion
Maintenance – Irene Ogata, Urban Landscape Manager, City of Tucson
Watershed Management Group – James DeRoussel
Codes / ordinances – Tetra Tech – Kimberly Brewer
Stay tuned for more details on the workshop and CEU/PDU opportunities.
To register early for this free workshop, please email Anne Reichman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Seating is limited and attendance will be on a first come, first serve basis. Questions? Please contact Anne Reichman, Program Manager for ASU’s Sustainable Cities Network at email@example.com/480-965-2168.
This event is sponsored by
STORM: Stormwater Outreach for Regional Municipalities: azstorm.org
CEUs Approved for Professionals of:
Arizona Landscape Contractors Association (ALCA)
American Planning Association (APA) – CMs
Association of State Flood plain Managers (ASFPM) – CECs
Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture (ISA)
CEU Approval Pending for the following organizations:
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) – CESs
The Town of Prescott Valley will be sponsoring the inaugural Eco-Loco Arizona Renewable Energy Conference, which will be held on Friday, September 7th, 2012. The purpose of this conference is to bring Arizona communities of all sizes together to learn about ongoing efforts in the development of renewable energy resources statewide. Keynote Speaker, Leisa Brug of the Governor’s Office of Energy Policy, will discuss what has been achieved so far, and what we can all do together to maximize renewable energy resources for the benefit of our communities, our State, and our nation. More information and registration instructions for this conference are available for download here.
Date: Wednesday, January 25th, 2012 Time: 8:30am – 1:00pm Location: Historic A.E. England Building
Located along the Light Rail at the beautiful Civic Space Park in downtown Phoenix 424 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004