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Climate Change and Asheville’s Urban Forest
November 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The symposium launches 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.
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. With the rapid pace of development in Asheville during the last decade, GreenWorks is charting an innovative plan to address climate change at the local level through protecting and enhancing the urban forest.
Climate Change and Asheville’s Urban Forest, with event MC Helen Chickering of BPR’s All Things Considered, will provide a forum for sharing the results of the City of Asheville’s recently completed Urban Forest Canopy Study, conducted by Davey Resource Group, analyzing the change in canopy cover in the city between 2008 and 2018.
The symposium’s keynote speaker, Cindi Sullivan, the executive director of TreesLouisville in Kentucky, will share stories from how the City of Louisville is addressing similar challenges related to tree cover and the urban heat island effect. A team from NASA DEVELOP will present on the preliminary findings of a study they are conducting on the relationships between Asheville’s tree canopy cover and socio-economic conditions. Finally, a panel composed of Asheville Sustainability Director Amber Weaver, Furman University professor Geoffrey Habron, Urban Forestry Commission chair Stephen Hendricks, and Ashley McDermott from the Sunrise Movement will discuss the impacts of extreme heat events related to climate change and how each panelist is addressing these effects.