Green Schools National Conference to be held in Virginia Beach, March 4-7, 2015

GSNC2015The Green Schools National Conference brings together experts and stakeholders to influence sustainability throughout K-12 schools and school districts.  Colleagues who share their passion and offer their own green schools experiences are put together in a true collaborative event with thought leaders and early adopters of green school best practices.   Attendees are passionate about transforming schools and the way they operate.  The annual conference is designed to allow attendees to learn about creative strategies for success and to take home real-life tools that can transform schools.

The 2015 conference will take place in Virginia Beach, VA, March 4-7, 2015. To learn more about and register for this conference visit:

Urban Soil Health

stewardship-2006-2The Nat’l Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) has been holding a series of urban & community seminars of interest to urban foresters.  Their next scheduled presentation is February 20th (Noon – 1pm EST).

Soil Health in Urban and Community Areas

As noted by presenter Clare Lindahl from Iowa, soil health is not just for crop land. This webinar will look at threats to soil quality, homeowner practices for enhancing soil health, and programs in Iowa and Ohio to promote soil quality in urban areas.

Speakers will include Lindahl, Executive Director for the Conservation Districts of Iowa; Wayne Peterson, State Urban Conservationist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship; and Holly Utrata-Halcomb, Administrator for the Hamilton County SWCD in Ohio.

To register, email Debra Bogar at WITH your name, title, district or business name and email address. Information to access the webinar will be sent by email.

Texas Emerging Communities

Many Texas communities are growing at an astounding rate. Small communities face unique obstacles during times of accelerated urbanization; community leaders need planning tools and technical support systems to help them prepare for high velocity growth before it happens – not after. To address this, the Texas A&M Forest Service is working with multiple partners on a state-wide project to educate community leaders and staff to proactively manage high velocity growth to improve quality of life by the conservation, protection, and enhancement of their natural resources. The project addresses six main focus areas: sustainable planning, community forestry, environmental health, wildfire protection, water conservation, and emergency management. The project website includes information about each of these focus areas and includes case studies, municipal tree ordinances, tree preservation ordinances, related web resources, how-to guides, and other informational resources.

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