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National Conference, Social Issues & the Environment, March 6- 8, 2001

Hello Community Gardeners,

Why not consider a holiday gift to yourself that your whole community will benefit from? The National Arbor Day Foundation is offering a conference early next year that will inform and inspire you:  

Social Issues and the Environment: A Green Approach to Improving Our Communities, "How the care, distribution, and use of natural resources impact a community and its people" is scheduled for March 6 - 8, 2001 at the Lied Conference Center on the beautiful Arbor Day Farm in historic Nebraska City, Nebraska. (Conferees use the Center's shuttle from the Omaha airport.)

The purpose of this national event is to bring together community leaders to share their experiences and to learn from one another.  This type of synergy is a hallmark of Arbor Day Conferences.  

Presenters will look at how natural resources and the use of green space contribute to the success of communities. Key topics will include community gardens, improving open spaces, business district revitalization, youth projects, and their impact on societal concerns such as crime, economics, and public health. Situations from across the U.S. will be described along with programs designed to address them and show how these programs have led to positive results. A goal of the conference is to provide concepts and materials that are transferable to communities of all sizes. Ample opportunity will be provided for discussions with speakers and for participants to share information from their own community experiences.

Community gardening expert, Dr. Pat Hynes of Boston University, will present "Nature In The Neighborhood: Community Gardens In The Inner City."  Other presenters well known in the fields of social issues and the environment include Dr. Roger Ulrich, Texas A&M; Dr. Kathy Wolf, University of Washington; Dr. Jerry Schultz, University of Kansas; and Dr. Diane Zahm, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State College.  Additional speakers will present relevant research and case studies of their community programs.  All the presenters will provide information and tools that will enhance your own efforts.

If you are involved in your community or if you'd like the tools to become more influential in community decisions and actions regarding the environment and natural resources, please see our online brochure and registration information at www.arborday.org/socialissues. 

If you can pass this information along to others involved in community leadership as an elected official, municipal staff member, citizen organization leaders, educator or concerned citizen, please do.  You may call The National Arbor Day Foundation's Conference Services staff at 402-474-5655 or toll-free, 888-448-7337.  You can email them at conferences@arborday.org. 

Happy Holidays!

June Parsons
Director of Conference Program Development
The National Arbor Day Foundation
211 North 12th Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Phone 402-474-5655, Ext. 205
Fax 402-474-0820
E-mail jparsons@arborday.org

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