Canopy Conference 2020: Fighting Climate Change With Urban Forests


Thank you for joining us at the 2020 Atlanta Canopy Conference: Fighting Climate Change with Urban Forests. We can act immediately and locally to preserve and plant more trees in metro Atlanta. The time is now for us to move forward with courage and urgency.

We officially launched our One Million Trees Initiative with 10 nonprofit partners. Our first city partner, the City of Atlanta, unanimously passed a City Council resolution on Monday, February 17 supporting the collaborative effort that will join 10 metro Atlanta cities in this innovative effort. Watch this WSB story on our announcement. Stay tuned for more details on how you can get involved and help us protect and grow our urban forest.

To download the conference program, click here.

Please note the agenda update: The Green Heart Project was presented by Dr. Ray Yeager, PhD – Assistant Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health, School of Public Health and Information Sciences, Christina Lee Brown Envirome, University of Louisville.

Metro Atlanta’s population is expected to push 8.6 million in 2050, meaning an additional 3 million residents will move to our city within a 30-year timeframe. With increasing demands for resources, a rise in air pollution and greenhouse gasses, and fluctuations in the local climate, our city is about to change.

For this year’s Canopy Conference, we’re bringing in climate experts, researchers, and community advocates to discuss how we can harness the power of urban forests to fight climate change locally and globally. Join us on Thursday, February 20 for a full day of engaging presentations, workshops, networking, panel discussions, and a locally-sourced lunch.

Kicking off our climate change discussions will be David Nowak, Senior Scientist at the USDA Forest Service, and one of the founding developers of their free software program i-Tree. In his presentation, David will explore how cities can accurately detail their canopy coverage and quantify the tremendous value of trees.

As a closing to Canopy Conference, we’ll hear an inspiring talk from Dan Lambe, President of the Arbor Day Foundation. The Arbor Day Foundation is a nonprofit that inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees, and they’ve recently committed to plant 100 million trees across the globe by 2022.

Students, teachers, nonprofit employees, and community advocates are eligible for discounts at registration. CEUs will also be offered for this conference.

In honor of Georgia Arbor Day, each attendee will receive a free tree seedling!

More Conference details:

Date: Thursday, February 20
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Trees Atlanta Kendeda Center, 225 Chester Avenue, Atlanta 30316

Special thanks to the City of Atlanta, City of Sandy Springs, City of Brookhaven, and City of Decatur for sponsoring this event.