Summit Roundtable Explores Community Environmental Planning

A Proclamation from the Atlanta City Council to the Environmental Planning Summit for highlighting Northwest Atlanta neighborhoods and communities in the Proctor Creek watershed basin will be presented at the Summit news conference today at 1:00pm in the Northwest Atlanta Conference Center(3120 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW 30318).
The news conference will highlight the imperative of confronting the impact that the lightening speed of development is having on Northwest Atlanta communities in the Proctor Creek watershed basin, and the growing possibility of federal/state funding delays for Proctor Creek environmental restoration efforts.
Summit attendees will participate in a environmental roundtable discussion following the news conference to explore how, as environmental stakeholders, diverse leaders can use community engagement strategies in the Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit framework to: support existing residents, businesses, and churches remaining in-community; build community economic development; create inclusive, sustainable growth; and prevent destructive gentrification.  Refreshments will follow the roundtable discussion from 4:00 – 6:00pm.
Environmental Planning Summit participants include prominent local Proctor Creek and metro Atlanta leaders and North American environmental stakeholders from as far away as Vancouver, Canada.
Atlanta City Councilman District 9 Dustin Hillis, whose district lies within the Proctor Creek watershed basin, has communicated his commitment to the efforts of the Environmental Planning Summit, stating:
“We are at a critical time in the development of greenspace in Northwest Atlanta that can impact the economic development of not only our District in Northwest Atlanta, but the entire Atlanta metropolitan region.  We need strategies for affordable housing and for education, and for small businesses so that all of the residents of District 9 can reap the rewards from the environmental revitalization of Proctor Creek and access to the Chattahoochee River.”
Based in Vancouver, Canada, Costa Rica, and Mesa, Arizona, World Tree Technologies President and CEO Wendy Burton is an attendee and presenter at today’s Environmental Planning Summit.
World Tree Technologies, Inc. is at the World Environment Day Summit in Atlanta this week to discuss ways that city dwellers and rural communities can cooperate to fight climate change,” shares CEO Burton.
“World Tree is working with Georgia farmers to grow their Empress Splendor trees….Everyone knows we need to take action to reduce atmospheric carbon ….The problem is we’re not getting there fast enough… We need more trees and we need them now.
“The Empress Splendor is the fast growing hardwood tree in the world, according to the Guinness Book of World Records…Most importantly the Empress Spendor absorbs 11 times more carbon than any other tree.
“We are excited to be at the Summit in Atlanta today, so that we can bring this important conversation to the City.  Georgia is one of the best states in America for growing Empress Trees, and we look forward to expanding our program here.”
The Environmental Planning Summit in Atlanta is a free offering of the Global Environment Network and is registered as a part of the United Nations World Environment Day 2018 to join others around the globe in an act of awareness and public outreach.

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